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A GIS-based method for bicycle facility planning in Rajkot

Kulkarni, Gaurav Vinayak (2013) A GIS-based method for bicycle facility planning in Rajkot.

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Abstract:Carbon emissions being one of the major concerns of today’s world, various steps are being taken by almost all the countries for low carbon development. Improving the bicycle infrastructure, to encourage more bicycle users can serve the purpose of low carbon development. Continuing with this line of thought, a GIS based bicycle facility planning method was chosen for research. The research aims at identifying the existing bicycle infrastructure in Rajkot, which after improvements, can lead to the low carbon transport system. The research was conceded by adopting a method developed in U.S.A which addresses the bicycle demand and supply of infrastructure together, to identify the areas for improvements. The research was carried out on the road segment level as well as the traffic analysis zone (TAZ) level. Demand was analysed by linking the factors generating demand to the nearest road segment, which gave an indication of potential demand on the road segments. The supply of infrastructure was identified by adopting a U.S.A based model. This model compares the perceived safety/comfort by bicycle users with roadway characteristics to identify Bicycle Level of Service (BLOS). BLOS is a performance indicator of quality of bicycle infrastructure in a city. The limited accuracy was identified in the results obtained by adoption of U.S.A based model in case of Rajkot. The results at road segment level were spatially overlaid on the TAZ using the “Spatial Join” technique in ArcGIS. The Global and Local Moran’ I technique identified the hotspots of high demand and low supply of infrastructure in Rajkot. The hotspots were taken up to address the future policy making to improve the bicycle facilities, policies in favour of bicycle users and plan land use to have an efficient bicycle system in Rajkot. The research was able to identify the potential demand and bicycle infrastructure quality (BLOS) on road segments as well as on TAZ’s in Rajkot, for improvements, which can further lead to low carbon transport system in Rajkot. Keywords: Bicycle facility planning, Bicycle Level of Service, Bicycle Infrastructure, Low carbon development, Moran’ I technique
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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