Data-Driven Analyses in Bicycle Network Planning

APA Minnesota Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. CDT

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Bicycle network planning can be much more than lines on a map. Learn about innovative approaches to network analyses specifically tailored to the unique nature of bicycle travel. Experts from Toole Design Group will share state-of-the-art methodologies for analyzing bicycle network demand (bikesheds), project prioritization, and bicyclist comfort.

This session covers innovations in bicycle planning that will benefit the field of transportation, community, and capital improvement planning. The presenters are experts on the topic – having been directly involved in the development of some of the quantitative methods and tools described in this session. Participants will become familiar with three technical analysis tools applicable to nonmotorized transportation:

1. An energy-based GIS analysis of bikesheds around transit stations or places of interest. This analysis incorporates topography, network connectivity and turning movements into a more realistic measure of what places are reachable by bike. This analysis can be used to prioritize investments near transit lines and plan for bike parking needs at stations.

2. Level of Traffic stress (LTS) analysis methodology is a quantitative approach based on traffic volumes, speeds, and the type of bicycle facility available. Used at a network level, LTS better represents the comfort of bicyclists on a given link and can identify critical gaps in the “low-stress” network. Communities looking to increase their bicycle mode share will find this useful.

3. ActiveTrans Prioritization Tool is a national-level best practice methodology for prioritizing bicycle and pedestrian projects. It is a flexible, data-driven approach that can be used with different technology options including web-based, GIS, and tabular approaches. TDG developed the guidebook and programmed spreadsheet that guides users through a flexible step-by-step process for prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle improvements separately or together as part of a “Complete Streets” evaluation. State and regional use the APT to evaluate proposed improvements based on policy objectives when distributing funding to local agencies. Local agencies use the APT to establish which bicycle and pedestrian improvements should be implemented in the near, medium, and long term.


Hannah Pritchard

Hannah Pritchard is a Senior Traffic Engineer at Toole Design Group with over a decade of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering. Hannah leads the TDG traffic engineering group, and is constantly exploring new ways to measure operations for all modes. She is adept at communicating with engineers, planners ... Read More

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