Mapping bikeability : a spatial analysis on current and potential bikeability in Austin, Texas

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2015-08

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Greenstein, Ashley Sarah

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Cycling has continued to gain attention as a form of transportation and recreation in Austin, Texas over the last decade. This past year, the City of Austin passed an update to its bicycle master plan that envisions building an all ages and abilities network at a projected cost of $150 million. As the City searches for dedicated funding, it needs to strategize its current holdings to capture short trips in areas that host the most potential for bikeability. Many aspirational bicycle-friendly cities have evaluated existing and potential bikeability through spatial analyses. The goal of this report is to produce a series of maps that attempt to mirror the on-the-ground reality of how cycling feels throughout Austin, Texas. Each recognized factor of the built environment that affects cycling is mapped and then scored, creating composite maps that represent current and potential bikeability. These factors include: bicycle facilities, network density, land use, topography, and barriers. These maps can be used as a tool by the City of Austin's Active Transportation program and other transportation organizations to better understand which parts of the city are best suited for generating large numbers of cycling trips. It can also be used to explain which areas maximize cycling potential through strategic investments, innovative treatments, or policy changes.

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