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Shasta college bikeability study

This presentation summarizes a study of the relative bikeability of three paths on the Shasta College campus.

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Shasta college bikeability study

  1. 1. Shasta College Bikeability Study
  2. 2. Study Background: Bikeability workshop •October 8th, 2013 •Sponsored by Healthy Shasta (Public Health) •Held on the Shasta College campus •Focus: development of a bicycling plan for Shasta College • Outcome: three proposed bike routes for the Shasta College campus
  3. 3. Focus of the present study Investigating the bikeability of two of the proposed routes. Bikeability: beauty (trees make a more beautiful route than buildings), traffic (pedestrian and vehicular), and convenience (proximity to destination).
  4. 4. Hypothesis There are important differences in the Bikeability between bike routes one and two
  5. 5. Methodology • Route one – 21 waypoints • Route two – 15 waypoints • GPS - Garmin Etrex GPS unit (An error range of 1-15 ft.) • The Garmin map datum - WGS 84 • Position format in degrees, minutes, and seconds • Elevation was recorded in feet.
  6. 6. Data Collected at each waypoint • Number of trees within 50ft. •Number of people within 50ft. in a two minute period. •Number of buildings within 50 ft. •Number of buildings in sight •Number of vehicles within 50 ft. in a two minute period.
  7. 7. Results – bike route two Focus on the Traffic Map and Quantitative data Waypoints collected: Dec. 6th, 2:30 – 4:00 P.M.
  8. 8. Results – bike route two Focus on the trees Map and Quantitative data Waypoints collected: Dec. 5th, 2:30 – 4:00 P.M.
  9. 9. Results – bike route one Focus on the traffic and trees Map and Quantitative data Waypoints collected: Nov. 25th, 10:00 – 11:30
  10. 10. Discussion: Findings Beauty • Both routes had trees along the entire path Traffic • Both routes encountered vehicular traffic at Shasta College Dr. • Route two had vehicular traffic over a longer stretch than route one • Route one had more pedestrian traffic , especially in front of two buildings Convenience • Route one - more convenient for: Humanities • Route two - more convenient for: Learning Resource Center, student/staff parking • Both routes protect from the elements but route one provides more tree canopy than route two
  11. 11. Methodology Issues • Problems with the GPS on route 2 •Differences in traffic – due to different days and time of day. •Differences in tree count – different researcher estimates of 50 ft.
  12. 12. Recommendations for future work • Include path three in the study •Standardize procedure for measuring distance •Take the waypoints at the same time, day and time of day (i.e.) employ multiple teams.
  13. 13. Questions
  14. 14. Thanks

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