Investigating Tools for Evaluating Service and Improvement Opportunities on Bicycle Routes on Ohio's Local System

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is in the process of formalizing the State and US Bicycle Route system throughout Ohio and is working with local governments to designate and sign these routes. This proposed system is made up of off-road and on-road segments with over 80% (2,851 miles) of the on-road segments falling on the locally maintained roadway system. Given this system extends across numerous local jurisdictions (906), there is an inconsistent level-of-service/comfortability provided to cyclists as they travel along the system from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Factors such as underlying roadway characteristics, presence of dedicated bicycle facilities, amount of vehicular traffic, and others including topography, play a significant role in determining the safety, comfort, and convenience experienced by individual cyclists. Additionally, these factors can affect overall network utilization. Results from ODOT's 2016 Transportation Preference Survey indicate that the interest in bicycling as a reliable mode of transportation has been steadily increasing in Ohio and is expected to continue to grow. Various national efforts have occurred to develop methodologies and tools designed specifically to analyze bicycle routes. To assist local transportation officials and planners, research is needed to develop a customized methodology for assessing the level-of-service/comfortability for people biking in Ohio and to explore ways to utilize this information when prioritizing facility improvements at both the local and state levels. This research is expected to build upon existing research and apply analytical tools, such as Level-of-Traffic Stress (LTS) or Bicycle Level-of-Service (BLOS), to assess the current performance of individual network segments and overall network safety, rider comfort, and performance. This research is expected to be the first step towards developing a comprehensive evaluation tool for Ohio bicycle routes that can be applied at both the state and local levels. The goal of this research is to produce a method for local transportation officials and planners to use for evaluating bicycle route and network performance based on factors such as roadway attributes, bicycle and vehicular volumes, adjacent land use and safety. The objective is to identify an existing method/model that can be customized for Ohio specific application.


  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $94320
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Fout, Vicky

  • Performing Organizations:

    The Ohio State University

    2036 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH  United States  43210
  • Principal Investigators:

    Akar, Gulsah

  • Start Date: 20180816
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190816
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190816

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677954
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 32396, 135807, 108120
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2018 4:04PM