A Model for Estimating Bike Lane Demand
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Unfortunately, bike-related accidents are very common. Some of these accidents can be deadly. Most of the times, these accidents happen due to the lack of a safer means of commute, a bike lane. Further, many citizens could potentially be cyclists if bike-lanes were installed. Driven by the idea of improving safety and convenience for cyclists, we contribute to a model that estimates bike-lane demand in the city. We argue that the demand for bike lanes increases, as the number of bike-related accidents increases. Further, the demand increases as the number of popular businesses increase, as some citizens commute to work and get around by bike. Our model estimates the demand for bike lane using accidents and ratings of businesses. The accidents are defined by the features that represent the severity as well as the cause of the accident. Our model uses the Weight of Evidence algorithm to determine the significance of the accident features. Further, the model uses an algorithm that breaks down roads into equally sized sections based on the US addressing standards. The final estimation of bike-lane demand is expressed via scores assigned to road sections. The finalized model correctly estimated high scores for road sections with more accidents and businesses and vice versa, determining the need of bike lanes.
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Introduction -- Background and related work -- A model for estimating bike lane demand -- results and evaluation -- Conclusion and future work
M.S. (Master of Science)