The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce Pamela Johnson's MS Thesis Defense: "Bicycle Level of Service: Is it Time to Develop Traffic Flow and Capacity Measures?"
Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Location: Engineering Building 315 (ITS Lab)
Adviser: Dr. Miguel Figliozzi
U.S. transportation professionals assume bicycle traffic volumes are low and do not warrant a level of service measurement for bicycle traffic congestion. However, local and regional governments are setting ambitious bicycle mode share targets as a strategy to decrease overall traffic congestion and to meet climate change goals - leading to higher bicycle volumes. Using data from the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, this thesis assessed the need for a bicycle traffic flow and capacity measurement based on current and future projected bicycle traffic volumes. The effectiveness of existing bicycle capacity methods for urban facilities is analyzed. Gaps in knowledge and research needs are highlighted.