Analyzing the Effect of a COVID-19 Road Closure on Pedestrian and Bicyclist Usage

This paper highlights the results of one city's decision to turn a road over to pedestrian and bicycle use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the behest of a petition organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, closed 4.3 miles of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to motor vehicle traffic and opened it for active use. It was hoped that crowding on the nearby Schuylkill River Trail, a popular 30-mile multi-use trail, would be alleviated. Usage data, including video processed counts, was collected for MLK Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail. Data includes weekday users along MLK, weekend users along MLK and Schuylkill River Trail by hour, and level of service analysis. Overall, while usage of the Schuylkill River Trail did not decrease, MLK usage during weekdays increased nearly 1,300%.


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  • Accession Number: 01764759
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 10 2021 11:25AM