Quantifying bicycle network connectivity in Lisbon using open data

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Abstract

Stimulating non-motorized transport has been a key point on sustainable mobility agendas for cities around the world. Lisbon is no exception, as it invests in the implementation of new bike infrastructure. Quantifying the connectivity of such a bicycle network can help evaluate its current state and highlight specific challenges that should be addressed. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop an exploratory score that allows a quantification of the bicycle network connectivity in Lisbon based on open data. For each part of the city, a score was computed based on how many common destinations (e.g., schools, universities, supermarkets, hospitals) were located within an acceptable biking distance when using only bicycle lanes and roads with low traffic stress for cyclists. Taking a weighted average of these scores resulted in an overall score for the city of Lisbon of only 8.6 out of 100 points. This shows, at a glance, that the city still has a long way to go before achieving their objectives regarding bicycle use in the city.

Original languageEnglish
Article number287
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalInformation (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Bicycle network analysis
  • Bicycle network connectivity
  • BNA score
  • Levels of traffic stress
  • Open data
  • Sustainable mobility

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