The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce Nick Foster's MS Thesis Defense: "How Comfortable are Protected Bike Lanes?"
Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Location: Engineering Building 315 (ITS Lab)
Adviser: Dr. Christopher Monsere
Protected bike lanes, also called separated bike lanes and cycle tracks, have the potential to attract a wider range of people to bicycling than standard on-street treatments. There are currently methods for objectively evaluating the comfort provided by standard bike lanes and shared streets; however, there is currently no such method for protected bike lanes…until now! This research has developed a model to predict how comfortable cyclists are likely to feel in a protected bike lane. The results also provide insights into what factors are most important for bicyclist comfort and how future research could be carried out.