Mapping cycling pathways and route selection using GIS and GPS

Huntley, Matthew and Liu, Xiaoye and McDougall, Kevin and Gibbings, Peter (2011) Mapping cycling pathways and route selection using GIS and GPS. In: Surveying and Spatial Sciences Biennial Conference (SSSC 2011): Innovation in Action: Working Smarter, 21-25 Nov 2011, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Increasing demand for crude oil is a major factor affecting the price of fuel for motor vehicles, which also can influence public transport prices. Future transport could prove to be costly so the use of bicycles could become more common for local travel. When riding a bicycle from one place to another, the shortest route is not always the easiest one; terrain has more of an influence on how tired a person gets than the distance travelled A commuter cycling to work may know that shortest route, however they may not realise that this route requires the outlay of more energy than a longer route. This study investigated the easiest route from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to the central business district (CBD) in Toowoomba in terms of energy used. This was done by collecting GPS data of cycling lanes and pedestrian paths for six different routes. The data was uploaded to GIS software, then processed and analysed to ensure the data was suitable for calculating energy usage. An energy equation was then developed to calculate the energy expenditure for a cyclist riding up and down terrain. Using this equation the energy for the six different routes were calculated to find the route that used the least amount of energy and to also find the route that was the most energy efficient from USQ to the CBD.

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Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand License.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2012 04:18
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2015 04:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: cycling; pathways; route selection; energy; GIS; GPS
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120506 Transport Planning
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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