Evaluating Demand for Bicycle Facilities in Community-Based Bicycle Planning

This paper considers methods and data sources to support demand-based bicycle facility planning. Taking the perspective of community-based local planning efforts, the paper evaluates data sources for understanding journey-to-work bicycle trips. By using better methods and data sources, cities can implement bicycle facilities that most benefit the community. This paper uses Pomona, California as a case study, using data collection through the American Community Survey, the U.S. Census Local Employment Dynamics data set, South Coast Air Quality Management District's employee commuting surveys, and field work. These data sources reveal significant variation in bicycle use across census tract geographies, suggesting that facilities should be targeted to areas of greatest need and potential. Bicycle use is found to be higher in areas with household income less than $30,000 and higher shares of journey-to-work commutes of less than fifteen minutes. In addition, work trip origin-destination data from the Local Employment Dynamics data set allow particular corridors to be examined for bicycle facility potential. Finally, field work and special purpose surveys can provide further insight of demand patterns. This paper recommends using these free and public sources to create bicycle facility plans that targets areas of high demand or potential.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 91st Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01366120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 12-2176
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2012 5:08PM