Measuring Temporal and Spatial Exposure of Urban Cyclists to Air Pollutants Using an Instrumented Bike

Increased use of active transportation can make direct and indirect contributions toward addressing both the health concerns arising from sedentary lifestyles and other societal transportation issues including congestion, environmental, and equity problems. However, in the process of cycling for transportation, cyclists themselves are exposed to multiple pollutants that could adversely impact their health. Although it has been found that the health benefits of cycling on an individual basis outweigh air pollution and safety impacts, pollutant exposure during a typical trip can be almost double depending on the mode of transport and specific route. The goal of this study is to better understand local cyclist exposure to air pollutants, specifically PM₂.₅. This mapping of pollutant exposure along cyclist routes at different times of day and with varying traffic volumes, can allow better planning of cyclist infrastructure and routing of cyclists in trip planners to minimize pollutant exposure while cycling. The project team seeks to understand the variation in air quality exposure of a cyclist depending on the time that they bike and the route that they take during their trip. This research project refines the use of an instrumented bicycle for air quality data collection to map pollutant exposure by cyclists on parallel routes between major origin‐destination pairs.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $75000
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747128

    • 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:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Walker, Marcia

    • Performing Organizations:

      Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health

      Texas A&M Transportation Institute
      College Station, TX  United States  77843
    • Principal Investigators:

      Watkins, Kari

      LeDantec, Chris

    • Start Date: 20180101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
    • Source Data: GT-01-09

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01672114
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747128
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jun 14 2018 2:45PM