Date of Graduation

Spring 2010

Degree

Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences

Department

Geography, Geology and Planning

Committee Chair

Dimitri Ioannides

Keywords

planning, GIS, bicycle commuting, greenways, sustainability

Subject Categories

Sustainability | Transportation

Abstract

Over the past four decades, there has been a burgeoning of bicycle commuters in US cities. Consequently, many cyclists have encountered undesired confrontations with motorists. The purpose of this research is to define and evaluate the dynamics which make linear park systems hospitable to bicycle commuters. Using Ozark Greenways Incorporated as a case study, the main goals are to analyze a cyclist's accessibility to Ozark Greenways, visualize the interconnectivity of Ozark Greenways, analyze Ozark Greenway's ability to provide access to desired commuting destinations, and discuss the necessary improvements (if any) for Ozark Greenways to be an attractive commuting alternative to cyclist. Results of this study show that while trail accessibility and a trail's access to destinations are sufficient, the lack of trail interconnectivity poses a real challenge to an effective trail commuter corridor. According to previous literature, a trail network's continuity may be enhanced by connecting existing trails to shared roadways, developing new trails within the immediate area, and connecting existing and new trail segments. Therefore, as a short term goal, Ozark Greenways should immediately focus on connecting the existing trails to bike friendly roadways. This initial effort is relatively inexpensive and will help build public support, and much needed subsidies, for further trail projects including long term efforts of assembling new trails and interconnecting existing and new trails. The longevity of this project depends on the efficiency of planning and funding available for trail projects. More importantly, the success of this effort is predicated on scrupulous planning and an outstanding relationship with the community.

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© Corey Andrew Brunk

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