Friday Transportation Seminar: New Probe Data Sources to Measure Cycling Behavior and Safety

Friday, December 1, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST
Chris Cherry, University of Tennessee
PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1 (#9138126)

New Probe Data Sources to Measure Cycling Behavior and Safety


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Emerging probe data sources from smartphones on on-board devices are able to measure behavior of cyclists with very high resolution. From this, for the first time, we are able to measure relatively precise behavior that allows new insights into exposure, route choice, safety behavior, or technology choice. Probe data, merged with other data sources, can begin to develop a more complete picture of cyclists on-road behavior.

This presentation will offer examples of analyses done to investigate cyclists behavior using app-based and on-board GPS data in the context of individual cyclists behavior (i.e., app users) and behavior of bikeshare users (i.e., on-board GPS fleet tracking devices). The applications will cover route choice, travel patterns, surrogate safety behaviors like wrong-way riding, and will investigate differences between conventional- and electric-bike users.

Chris Cherry of the University of Tennessee

Dr. Chris Cherry is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee. His research interests include bicycle and pedestrian safety and system design, the role of e-bikes on the transportation system, multimodal transportation planning and economics, travel behavior and demand, sustainable transportation and transit security. Dr. Cherry received is BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. His research focuses on sustainable transportation, including aspects of transportation safety, economics and environment. About half of his research work is focused rapid motorization of Asia, with research projects in China. His domestic research agenda includes evaluating safety and system performance non-motorized and transit systems, as well as commercial vehicles. He also focuses on market penetration and impacts of alternative transportation technologies and fuels. He leads the Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research (LEVER) Initiative, a consortium of universities and industry to explore the role of emerging and potentially disruptive classes of electric vehicles on transportation, sustainability, and health.

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