The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is starting its long-range regional transportation plan where all transportation begins.
With the feet and other non-motorized types of transportation.
Last week, an employee from London-based transportation consultant Steer Davies Gleave pedaled many of the area's main commuter bike paths videotaping the ride.
In addition to the video, data was collected on pavement roughness, safety and areas where the bike paths are not connected and other factors that could affect the ride.
He also spent two days gathering data in Woodland Park.
Such high tech methods of gathering transportation data are rapidly becoming routine at PPACG.
This is the first time that technology, which includes a graph like a seismograph that shows the pavement roughness real time during the ride, has been used in the United States by Steer Davies.
The technology has already been used throughout Europe and in other countries.
With the video and online interactive tools, PPACG and Steer Davies are pushing to get as much community input as possible for the transportation plan, starting with pedestrian travel.
That's because the process has been shortened.
Normally the agency has four years between regional plans. This year it was accelerated by the Colorado Department of Transportation and PPACG has only two years to complete its plan.
"Because it's a telescoped process, it's even more incumbent on us to reach out," said Dallas Jamison, spokeswoman for PPACG.
An example of another high tech tool is an app that will allow bicycle commuters who run into a problem while riding to snap a photo with their cell phones and send it directly to the agency with comments.
The Steer Davies video will also be posted online for residents to view on the PPACG's Web site.
"We're a visual species," said Craig Casper, PPACG transportation director. "We're being high tech so it's simple for residents."
Riding and walking are a key part of the regional transportation plan, which, when completed, will list between $1.5 billion and $2 billion worth of projects.
Those two most basic methods of travel can cut congestion and improve residents' health, Casper said.
"Both of them are very important," he said. "All trips have some sort of walking pretty much at the end. Even if you drive to Walmart or downtown, walking is a part of that."
About 20 percent of local trips are a half mile or less, Casper said, which makes them walkable or ridable by bicycle.
Seven percent of area households have no vehicles.
"A lot of people have their bikes in the garage," Casper said. "How do we make it more comfortable for them to come out and ride?"
While Colorado Springs has a "pretty good system," said Brian Vituli, senior transportation planner with PPACG, there are still shortcomings - such as areas where vehicle traffic is high or where the bike path is too narrow, he said.
In some areas, signage could also be improved.
"We will be able to gauge how important some of these items are," Vituli said.
The video will help. So will the PPACG's campaign to gather input.
That will include several presentations to the public and events in the next couple of months to showcase the plan and some of the tools to get the word out, Jamison said.