Bike & Place: A New Tool for Designing Active, Place-Making Transportation Networks—An Exploratory Study

Bike&Place is a new, open-source tool for designing transportation networks that are conducive to bicycle travel in small towns by the typical actual or potential cyclist and supportive of convivial public places. Thus, Bike&Place is as much about place-making as it is about active transportation planning. Too often, planners working with small towns do not have a travel demand model. Lacking a model, they have a limited ability to rigorously, quantitatively assess current conditions and proposed changes to a town’s transportation network. This study helps overcome that limitation. This report provides detailed instructions for working with the model and tailoring it to a particular study area. Applications of Bike&Place are well within the capabilities of persons with basic geographic information system (GIS) skills, even if they have no experience with travel demand models. Three small towns in Mississippi were the test beds for developing Bike&Place: New Albany, Pontotoc City, and Houston. This report illustrates the towns’ transportation networks and maps the current levels of traffic stress, link by link. A travel demand model is calibrated for one town, Houston, and used to assess the increase in bicycle-based accessibility afforded by hypothetical enhancements to the roadway network reducing traffic stress


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $28882
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

    University of Florida
    365 Weil Hall
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    UNC-CH New East Building
    Campus Box #3140
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina  United States  27599-3140
  • Principal Investigators:

    Morton, Brian

  • Start Date: 20160919
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170317
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01640066
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2017 3:14PM