Using GIS Modeling to Evaluate Equity in Cycling Infrastructure in Virginia Cities

Authors: Hannah Cacner*, James Madison University
Topics: Transportation Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Urban Sustainability, Transportation, GIScience
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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To help encourage higher rates of bicycling as a transportation choice, the broader development of cycling infrastructure in cities is critical. However, efforts to improve and implement such infrastructure have often effectively been spatially targeted at white, wealthier individuals, to whom cycling is often viewed as an amenity. Through the use of GIS modeling, I will evaluate the “bikeability” of several different cities in Virginia that have recently made significant steps to enhance their city’s bicycle infrastructure. This model will evaluate not only the quality and safety measures of such infrastructure but also how high-quality bicycle infrastructure is distributed spatially with respect to race, ethnicity, age, and class of individuals. By creating such a model, I hope to be able to highlight parts of cities in which access to cycling as a means of transport could use improvement and where inequalities might exist. This model will also consider how other characteristics of urban geography, such as city size or morphology, may shape patterns of bicycling infrastructure.

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