In the last several decades, the spatial patterns and rapid expansion of metropolitan areas have been shaped by transportation policies focusing on automobiles and highways. However, due to rising issues in the environment, energy, and sustainability, fundamental paradigm changes in transportation planning have been sought, especially in alternative transportation modes. Although it has numerous environmental and social advantages, bicycling as an alternative transportation mode has been underutilized for a long time. Bicycling does not exhaust pollution and noise and is a healthier alternative to the single occupant vehicle. Bicycling has great potential to share a higher number of passenger trip with automobiles and public transit. This is especially true when bicycle trips are efficiently interconnected to public transit options. In order to facilitate bicycling as a transportation mode for everyday life activities including commuting, it is important to provide proper bicycle facilities to areas where there is demand for bicycle uses. This paper presents spatial feasibility analysis to identify areas that might be appropriate for targeted investment in bicycle facilities using GIS technology. Based on three bicycle demand factors, trip generators, trip attractors, and public transit, this study analyzes Los Angeles County and identifies the best locations for bicycle facility implementation.
|Keywords:||Alternative Transportation Mode, Bicycle, Demand/Feasibility Anlaysis, GIS|
Assistant Professor, Deapartment of Urban and Regional Planning, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, Pomona, CA, USA
Master Student, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, Pomona, CA, USA