Research projects

Bikeways quality mapping index for Curitiba

Student

Paul Schilte

Project type

Bachelor assignment

Study

Civil Engineering (bachelor)

Period

April-June 2016

Host

SETRAN

UT supervisor

Karst Geurs (CTW)

Local supervisor

Thais Martins (UTFPR)

Summary

The research will be performed in Curitiba, a fast growing city in the state of Parana (PR) in southern Brazil of 1.9 million inhabitants. In the last 50 years, the population of Curitiba has quadrupled and this has significant consequences. At the time of the huge growth of the population, the individual motorized transport became affordable for the middle class. This was the reason why almost everybody got a car. Because of that, there was no need for public transport facilities. Nowadays the roads are overcrowded and there is little space to add new roadways. It has already been proven that adding more roadways is not the solution to reduce the traffic jams, because it will only lead to more people buying an individual motorized transport. So there is need for another solution, to get  more people to use non-motorized transports, like bicycles, or public transport, like busses.

There is need for a change from cars and motorcycles to other types of vehicles. In this thesis the focus will lie on increasing the bicycle use in Curitiba. Therefore the existing bicycles roads and parking facilities for bicycles need to be and will be validated. The set objectives are reached by answering the following three research questions:

1) How bicycle friendly are the cycle routes in Curitiba?

2) How much inhabitants of Curitiba have access to the bicycle network and what is their position in the society?

3) What kinds of places have facilities to store bicycles and how are these facilities distributed throughout the city? 

 

Mapping Bicycle friendly areas for the city of Curitiba – Brazil

Student

Bruno Motta

Project type

Master assignment

Study

Civil Engineering (master)

Period

May-June 2016

Host

SETRAN

UT supervisor

Karst Geurs (CTW)

Local supervisor

Tatiana Gadda (UTFPR)

Summary

This research composes the Master Thesis of the student from the MSc Civil Engineering & Management programme at University of Twente, Bruno Guasti Motta. The investigation comprises a collaboration effort between the Transport department at University of Twente and the Civil Engineering department at Technical University of Parana (UTFPR, in Portuguese). The research conducted by the aforementioned student and supervised by Dr Ing. Karst Geurs (UTwente), Dr Ing. John Pritchard (UTwente), and Prof Tatiana Gadda (UTFPR).

The research aims to identify within the city of Curitiba, areas that are more propitious and less propitious for cycling, according with specific population segments and based on built environment characteristics by using Geographic Information System (GIS) data. In order to identify bicycle friendly areas, it will be computed a bikeability index using the following variables: Residential Density, Mixed Land-use, Type of Infrastructure, Topography and Safety. The index will be represented in a form of a map, highlighting areas that are more and less propitious for using bicycle for transportation purposes.

To assess the different aspects of bicycle commuting, evaluate the proposed variable to compute the bikeability index, and to categorize the different types of bicycle infrastructures present in the city, two distinct groups will be separated based on income level: one group with higher income and other with lower income. The objective is to analyse how distinct population segments perceives and evaluates the different aspects of bicycle use. To collect the responses of those groups, an online survey will be conducted, together with face-to-face discussions. The student will conduct the data collection phase in situ, for a period of two months.

In addition, an evaluation of the types of infrastructure will be made to attest its effectiveness in improve the overall bikeability of determined region, contrasting the effects of different types of infrastructure on the index, and its respective implementation costs. The objective of this specific sub-question is compare the implementation of different types of cycling infrastructures (e.g. bicycle path and shared bicycle lane) with people’s perceptions on bicycle use, and its effects on the index. Results might show that a less expensive intervention can also increase the bikeability of the region to a good level.

This investigation aims to contribute for the expansion of bicycle network infrastructure in Curitiba, by presenting based on built environment characteristics, areas that are more propitious and less propitious for cycling, in a theoretically-based manner, according with different population segments. The main purpose is to offer a diagnosis of the existent cycling conditions of Curitiba, by applying the bikeability index tool, without neglecting local characteristics concerning utilitarian cycling. By knowing the perceptions of different socio-economic groups is also important to propose effective actions to increase cycling conditions on both higher and lower income areas.

 

 

 

Student

Deliang Gao

Project type

Master assignment

Study

Urban planning and management

Period

 

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UT supervisor

 

Local supervisor

 

Summary

 

 

 

Designing for appropriate bicycle stalls and increasing safety

Student

Cedric Rodriguez

Project type

Minor

Study

Industrial design (bachelor)

Period

July 2016-January 2017

Host

SETRAN

UT supervisor

Marten Toxopeus (CTW) and Maya van den Berg (IGS)

Local supervisor

André Turbay (PUCPR)

Summary

Follows

 

 

Designing for appropriate bicycle stalls and increasing safety

Student

Katya Langeveld

Project type

Minor

Study

Industrial design (bachelor)

Period

July 2016-January 2017

Host

SETRAN

UT supervisor

Marten Toxopeus (CTW) and Maya van den Berg (IGS)

Local supervisor

André Turbay (PUCPR)

Summary

Follows