Transportation Planning Through Mobile Mapping

This report describes the development and testing of the Fix This Tool, a spatial, participatory, active transportation and built environment assessment tool created on an iPhone platform. The goal of this tool development was to create an instrument that could be widely distributed to communities across the country to develop a spatially based assessment of the micro-scaled elements of their local active transportation environment such that public officials and community members could focus energy in making appropriate improvements. The development of this tool emerged out of previous work with such tools built on a GIS platform and a workshop-based format to engage residents in data collection of their walking and biking environments. While this past work proved successful in both data collection tool use and in facilitating community conversations, the technological infrastructure had significant limitations in terms of being able to widely distribute the effort. In a GIS-based approach, GIS technicians must be present and when combined with community training and data processing, the cost of development, collection, and distribution is a significant limit to which communities could adopt such assessment tools for their own use. The Fix This Tool is designed to overcome these distribution and cost barriers by developing a tool that can be easily downloaded by community members using technology they already own. The report that follows outlines the philosophical positioning of a community-based data collection process, describes the tool itself, and provides some reflections between this smart phone based model and the previous GIS-based model of community-engaged active transportation assessment tools.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program. Alternate title: Transportation Planning Through Mobile Mapping Technology
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    University of Oregon

    1209 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR  United States  97403-1209

    Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium

    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, OR  United States  97207

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
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  • Publication Date: 2011-7


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 50p

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  • Accession Number: 01644760
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OTREC-TT-11-01
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2017 10:10AM