Network Development with Bicycle Lanes

by Kai Zhao

Institution: University of Maryland
Year: 2016
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2080419
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1903/18750


Bicycling as an active mode of transport can offer great individual and societal benefits. Allocating space for bicycle facilities is the key to promoting cycling as bicyclists perceive better safety and convenience in separate bikeways. In this thesis, a method is proposed for optimizing the selection and scheduling of capacity enhancements in road networks while also optimizing the allocation of road space to bicycle lanes. The goal is to determine what fraction of the available space should be allocated to bicycles, as the network evolves, in order to minimize the present value of the total cost of the system cost. The allocation method is combined with a genetic algorithm to select and schedule road expansion projects under certain budget constraints. Advisors/Committee Members: Schonfeld, Paul M (advisor).