Bicycle Trails and Safety
For reasons that span the goals of promoting personal health, reducing automobile traffic congestion, and lowing green house gas emissions, commuting from home to work by bicycle has emerged as an important topic in urban planning and design. Snell funding supported an investigation into the current capacities and future promises of this topic in Central Texas. Several structural and functional relationships were considered. A significant analytic undertaking was developing a provisional framework to inventory and assess existing individual bicycle routes and connected networks for the purposes of commuting vs. recreational enjoyment vs. athletic training. Equally important to defining the conditions of the physical infrastructure was understanding expectations of different user groups. This information was then shared as part of a University wide panel presentation and discussion, which was held at the School of Architecture. In addition, the biking event spurred the development of a UT green fee proposal, which is funded and being carried out this year to implement a biking safety plan across campus.
This project was supervised by Dr. Allan W. Shearer. The Snell funds were used to provide research assistant support.