Developing a Framework for Prioritizing Bicycle Safety Improvement Projects using Crowdsourced and Image-Based Data

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2023-08

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Safe-D University Transportation Center

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Active transportation, including walking and cycling, has gained popularity due to the economic, environmental, and energy-efficient benefits. However, the rise of active transportation has also led to an increase in fatalities, particularly for bicyclists. A crash-risk scoring method was proposed to prioritize bicycle safety improvement projects for 50 bridges located in San Diego County. This study employs surrogate safety measures to estimate crash risk, addressing the limitations of traditional data collection methods, and incorporates transportation equity factors into the safety measure scoring method. To identify significant factors contributing to the likelihood of bicyclists exceeding 10 mph on bridges, binomial logistic regression models were employed, with three models focusing on different predictor variables. The results showed that factors such as race, home-to-work travel patterns, education levels, and crime rates influenced bicyclists' speeds on bridges. This study provides a foundation for understanding the factors associated with bicyclists' speeds on bridges and can inform future safety improvement projects in San Diego County and beyond. The findings highlight the importance of considering a range of factors to improve bicyclist safety and can ultimately lead to safer and more equitable transportation for all.

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bicycle safety, risk analysis, surrogate safety measure, crowdsourced data, equity

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