Video Simulation of Roadway Bicycling

A high-fidelity simulation methodology has been developed presenting the perspective of a bicyclist riding an arterial roadway. After researching previously used filming methods the researchers found them lacking in several respects. The researchers then developed, tested, and refined a moving camera filming platform configuration that accomplished five major goals: (1) Portray the full range of roadway conditions. (2) Accurately simulate a bike ride along an arterial. (3) Allow extended viewing by study participants. (4)Ensure the safety of the videographer/bicyclist filming the simulation. (5) Ensure motorists’ passing behaviors are not changed. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), a national leader in the development of non-motorized transportation planning and design tools, sponsored this research developing an arterial level of service model to rate how well arterial facilities serve bicyclists. The primary data collection method was a bike ride event with volunteer cyclists evaluating urban and suburban arterials. Because of the challenges associated with placing volunteers on high speed/conflict roadways, FDOT used video simulation to capture perceptions of busier roadways. FDOT’s research requirements created an ambitious objective for this project to develop a video simulation methodology of such high fidelity it could be calibrated with real-time field collected data and used to expand the range of variables collected. The research team achieved this goal. Statistical analyses comparing data using the video simulation and during the field event indicated no significant difference. Therefore, researchers can present the bicyclists view of riding environments without exposing them to potentially hazardous traffic/roadway conditions.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 19p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01044115
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-1526
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 6:08PM