Quantifying Accessibility and Equity in Washington, D.C.'s Bicycle Facilities
Renkes, Thomas G, Esq.
Brandes, Uwe S.
Joh, Kenneth, Phd.
Robust bicycle infrastructure not only improves the safety of cyclists, but also improves the mobility of the populace and improves their access to urban amenities. With a small land area, numerous shared bicycle services, and mild topography, Washington, D.C. should be simple to traverse by bicycle. Unfortunately, the bicycle facilities of Washington, D.C. are inequitably concentrated in the central business district, and poor and non-white populations have reduced access to the bicycle facilities network. Through complete analysis and evaluation of Washington, D.C.'s bicycle infrastructure using GIS mapping, the deficiencies of Washington, D.C.'s current network are laid bare. As is, Washington, D.C.'s bicycle infrastructure fails to fill the most important role of bicycle infrastructure in a multimodal transportation system: failing to connect riders to needed destinations and links to high capacity transit. By understanding the deficiencies of the current systems and potential solutions, Washington, D.C. can become a world leader in bicycle infrastructure while better integrating all residents into a complete multimodal transportation network.
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