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Mapping Frictions Inhibiting Bicycle Commuting

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GEOTEC, Institute of New Imaging Technologies, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castellón de la Plana, Spain
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(10), 396; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7100396
Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 11 September 2018 / Accepted: 27 September 2018 / Published: 3 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human-Centric Data Science for Urban Studies)
Urban cycling is a sustainable transport mode that many cities are promoting. However, few cities are taking advantage of geospatial technologies to represent and analyse cycling mobility based on the behavioural patterns and difficulties faced by cyclists. This study analyses a geospatial dataset crowdsourced by urban cyclists using an experimental, mobile geo-game. Fifty-seven participants recorded bicycle trips during one week periods in three cities. By aggregating them, we extracted not only the cyclists’ preferred streets but also the frictions faced during cycling. We successfully identified 284 places potentially having frictions: 71 in Münster, Germany; 70 in Castelló, Spain; and 143 in Valletta, Malta. At such places, participants recorded bicycle segments at lower speeds indicating a deviation from an ideal cycling scenario. We describe the potential frictions inhibiting bicycle commuting with regard to the distance to bicycle paths, surrounding infrastructure, and location in the urban area. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban cycling; geo-game; spatial analysis; frictions; LBS; GPS urban cycling; geo-game; spatial analysis; frictions; LBS; GPS
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Pajarito, D.; Gould, M. Mapping Frictions Inhibiting Bicycle Commuting. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 396.

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