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TRB 90th Annual Meeting (January 23-27, 2011)
Bicycle Planning and Policy
Jan 24 2011 7:30PM- 9:30PM
Hilton, International Center
Mixed Methods of Bike Counting for Better Cycling Statistics: Example of Bicycle Use, Abandonment, and Theft on University of California, Davis, Campus (11-3795)
The paper describes using a combination of different methods of bike counting to better understand volumes of bicycles, bicyclists, and bicycle thefts at UC Davis. In particular, police reports and bike rack counts were combined with surveying a random sample of the population in order to triangulate around total numbers of active versus abandoned bikes parked on campus, net movements of bikes over the course of a day, and the extent that bikes were being used as local circulator mode only and whether they were being stored on campus overnight. The results underscore the value of using a mix of different measurement methods, enabling UC Davis planners to better estimate the volume of abandoned bikes parked on campus (approximately 47 percent of overnight bikes, 31 percent of daytime bikes, and 23 percent of the overall rack capacity), the extent that bicycle thefts are under-reported (about 12 percent are reported), and the extent that bikes are used as a secondary circulator mode (about 20 percent of the bikes on campus on an average weekday).
Lovejoy, Kristin , University of California, Davis
Handy, Susan L., University of California, Davis
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