Downtown Bike Parking Study - AB-019

Preferred Disciplines: Sustainable Environment Management (Master)
Project length: 4 months each
Desired start date: January 2017
Location: Calgary, AB
No. of Positions: 2
Preferences: University of Calgary
Company: Calgary Tour de Nuit Society

About Company:

The Tour de Nuit Society is a leading applied research ENGO that drafted the city council motion for separated bike lanes in downtown Calgary and brokered the suburban-urban consensus that saw the motion passed. The Society undertook the government relations effort that led to the completion of the Legacy Trail and is the event planner for the largest public cycling tour in Calgary – the Tour of Alberta Ride the Road tour.

Project Description:

The project seeks to understand and devise ways of improving the utilization rates of bicycle parking in Calgary.

During a heated public discussion about the role of separated bicycle infrastructure in Calgary’s central business district, the concept of counting stationary bicycles in building parkades was postulated as a means of achieving an uncontested value for the volume of bicycle traffic there. The project has evolved to focus on qualitative factors such as the role of weather in determining consumer transportation choice and measuring the utilization of bicycle parking in building parkades.

Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • Quantify and qualify the state of bicycle parking in the central business district
  • Determine the feasibility of measuring annually or more frequently the utilization rate of bicycle parking facilities
  • Provide a comparative analysis of leasehold arrangements in the marketplace
  • Recommend strategies to improve the utilization rate of bicycle parking

Methodology:

  • Develop a standardized field assessment tool
  • Test the tool
  • Train volunteer or summer student in the use of the tool
  • Synthesize and write a report of findings

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Demonstrated research ability
  • Organization and Time Management to ensure completion of the project in the allocated time period
  • Management and leadership to direct undergraduate student volunteers in data collection
  • Strong Writing, Knowledge of Statistics and ideally survey design

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