Enabling a New Data Science for Urban Accessibility for All

Previously, the research team received PacTrans funding for Project Sidewalk, which combines crowdsourcing, machine learning, and online imagery to transform how sidewalk accessibility data is collected. With Sidewalk, online crowdworkers label and assess sidewalk accessibility by virtually walking through city streets using Google Street View (GSV) [4]—similar to a first-person video game. Labels are used to create new urban accessibility visualizations, inform government policy and funding decisions, and to to train deep learning networks to assess sidewalks automatically—further scaling our approach [5]. Thus far, the users have contributed over 425,000 geo-located sidewalk accessibility labels across seven deployment cities, including two in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, WA and Newberg, OR) and two international deployments . To the team's knowledge, this is the largest open sidewalk accessibility dataset ever collected and both [4] and [5] were recognized with Best Paper Awards, demonstrating research impact. Leveraging this data, the team now proposes new data science research for urban accessibility, focusing on: (1) What are the geo-spatial patterns and key correlates of urban accessibility? (2) How do sidewalk patterns compare across cities? (3) How does urban accessibility change over time?

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $80000
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A355174110

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium

    University of Washington
    More Hall Room 112
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    201 More Hall, Box 352700
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
  • Project Managers:

    Froehlich, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    201 More Hall, Box 352700
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
  • Principal Investigators:

    Froehlich, Jon

    Caspi, Anat

  • Start Date: 20210316
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220315
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01784887
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A355174110
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 15 2021 4:43PM