Sunday, April 11, 2010

No Excuse Zone Orlando-Final Map

It has taken a while to get the final rides in for the No Excuse Zone, but we finally got them completed and mapped.

We are now going to take this map and perform some additional analysis within the 3 zones. We want to know what the population densities are, % of car traffic and ridership, points of interest, economic centers, neighborhoods, etc. After I get some of this GIS data, I will share the findings. We also want to look at more alternate routes on the ground.

Either way, this graphic demonstrates how efficient many of the arterial roads are to travel here in Orlando. This graphic does not necessarily demonstrate the best routes or the most comfortable routes to ride on. These were strictly the "fastest/direct" routes, and they were all ridden directly on the road or on bike facilities if they were available.

Even though we were able to cover reasonable distances, we could have potentially gone farther, and could have had safer/more comfortable rides if some extra attention had been put on the bicycle and pedestrian transportation and not strictly on automobiles. Hopefully by looking at the statistical data from the 3 zones, we can determine where more investment could potentially be applied, to affect the most people. Ridership will increase by impacting more people and making cycling more comfortable and convenient. Investing in better facilities and cycling/driver education programs are the best ways for Orlando to become more bike/ped friendly. 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Ken,

    I have been following this project on the commute orlando blog. I love it! I am a sustainability coordinator at Rollins and I would love to create a similar map using the rollins campus (instead of downtown) as the center point. Hopefully this would encourage students not to take a car somewhere they could go in 10 minutes by bicycle. Do you have any good resources or advice for begining a project like this?

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  2. I could talk to you about making a map like this. The map for this post has been created for an initial look at potential routes, but there are some extra factors that have to be kept in mind when it comes to campus routes.

    Fortunately for Rollins, there are lots of residential streets in the immediate area and a few direct arterial streets that can get cyclists directly from point A to point B quickly.

    Let me know and I will see what I can do. Thanks for checking it out.

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