Assessing Potential of Bike Share Networks and Active Transportation to Improve Urban Mobility, Physical Activity and Public Health Outcomes in South Carolina

Description: There is need for evidence-based research about how, when, where, and why people undertake active travel, like bicycling and walking, and about how the built environment and infrastructure may or may not accommodate active travel. As stated in the National Physical Activity Plan, transportation and public health entities should collaborate to “improve and expand existing data collection sources to assess active transportation patterns and trends that include local-area data.” Charleston, South Carolina has the conditions necessary to promote active travel, such as supportive stakeholders and a walkable built environment, as well as the tools to study the conditions under which active travel may thrive. This research will conduct a case study on active travel in Charleston, focusing on issues such as route conditions and the use of bike share programs to better understand how Charleston’s built environment is meeting the health, physical activity, and transportation needs of the community. Intellectual Merit: Qualitative, quantitative, and geospatial methods will be used to evaluate active transportation, physical activity, and health outcomes in Charleston, South Carolina. Broader Impacts: Research results will be beneficial to communities which are undertaking active transportation and bike share initiatives to improve mobility, reduce congestion, promote sustainability, increase levels of physical activity, and bring about desirable public health outcomes. Technology Transfer: The research team will engage local officials, decision makers, and community stakeholders by communicating its data analysis and results, for example through infographics, formal meetings, and a guidebook. Findings will also be published and presented in national engineering and city planning forums, and will be disseminated to municipalities and other stakeholders via strategic technology transfer channels.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $157389
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747117

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      The Citadel

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      171 Moultrie Street
      Charleston, SC  United States  29409

      University of South Carolina, Columbia

      502 Byrnes Building
      Columbia, SC  United States  29208

      College of Charleston

      66 George Street
      Charleston, South Carolina  United States  29424
    • Managing Organizations:

      The Citadel

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      171 Moultrie Street
      Charleston, SC  United States  29409
    • Project Managers:

      Davis, William

    • Performing Organizations:

      The Citadel

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      171 Moultrie Street
      Charleston, SC  United States  29409

      University of South Carolina, Columbia

      502 Byrnes Building
      Columbia, SC  United States  29208

      College of Charleston

      66 George Street
      Charleston, South Carolina  United States  29424
    • Principal Investigators:

      Davis, William

      Brown, Kweku

      Bornstein, Daniel

      Hughey, Sarah

      Michalaka, Dimitra

      Huynh, Nathan

      Kaczynski, Andrew

    • Start Date: 20190228
    • Expected Completion Date: 20191231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01690743
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747117
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 11 2019 2:10PM