The Roadway Facility Bicycle LOS: Linking the Segment and Intersection Models

This report documents a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) sponsored study to create a model that predicts how bicyclists perceive the arterial roadway environment. It builds upon FDOT's highly successful adopted segment and intersection bicycling level of service (LOS) models. Data for the new Bicycle LOS for Arterials model were obtained from the FDOT's innovative "Ride for Science" field data collection event and video simulations, which was conducted November 12, 2005. The data consist of participants' perception of how well roadways met their needs as they rode selected arterial roadways and/or viewed simulations of those and other roadways. The objective of this most recent research was to create a user calibrated method which could be used to rate a wide range of arterial roadway conditions for how well they serve the bicycle mode. The desire to have users rate a wide range of environments led the FDOT to request the use of a video simulation methodology to represent the more extreme traffic conditions found on some arterial roadways. This request for a video simulation methodology created another objective of developing, testing, and refining 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; and (5) Ensure motorists’ passing behaviors are not changed. These research results will be incorporated into FDOT's 2002 Quality/Level of Service Handbook for use the FDOT, MPOs, and communities around the state.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 61p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01044285
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: BD545-23, Project #00043129
  • Contract Numbers: BD545-23
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2007 9:59PM