A Big Data Approach for Improving Nebraska Cycling Routes

Background Across the United States, cycling is becoming increasingly popular as users shift travel modes amid concerns of health, physical activity, air and environmental quality, and in an effort to escape roadway congestion. Unfortunately, the infrastructure in the U.S. (including Nebraska) traditionally caters to automobile traffic creating impediments for bikers and impacting their safety. To accommodate cycling, a major challenge is the lack of data to accurately assess the attributes of present assets and to inform additional investments to integrate bicycles into our transportation system. The goal of this project is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of current cycling routes in Nebraska by utilizing the Strava Metro data. This knowledge can help the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) to make better-informed decisions to improve bicycle infrastructure while considering cyclists' safety. The Strava data, made available by the social fitness network company Strava, includes raw data for the hour-by-hour counts for bicycle trips that have been mostly incorporated into existing maps for better visualization. In this project, we propose building a framework to extract more useful information from the large Strava data collected from Nebraska bikers over an extended period of time (Big data). This new information includes, but not limited to, the preferred bicycle routes and traffic patterns in Nebraska. While it is important to acknowledge that not all active transportation users utilize the Strava application, Strava users are the ones who typically ride in the road and would benefit from infrastructure improvements . Moreover, compared to the traditional methods of collecting data using human counters or electronic gates, Strava data covers wider areas and has a lower cost. Objective The primary project objective is to provide a framework for performing a detailed analysis of bicycle counters data extracted from Strava Metro data. This analysis will inform the research team about cycling behavior and will help to promote a safer bicycle transportation system in Nebraska. A secondary objective is to provide information that may integrate into existing available databases, such as the NDOT geographic information system (GIS), to provide bikers with better routing information.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $65,179.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Nebraska Department of Transportation

      1500 Nebraska 2
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68502
    • Project Managers:

      Halsey, Lieska

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Nebraska, Lincoln

      1400 R Street
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68588
    • Principal Investigators:

      Alsaleem, Fadi

    • Start Date: 20190701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
    • Actual Completion Date: 20201231
    • USDOT Program: Transportation, Planning, Research, and Development

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01705672
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: May 23 2019 2:52PM