Mapping how stressful streets can limit cycling
CityLab - 05/16/2016
Just north of D.C., transportation planners in Montgomery County, Maryland,are taking a systematic approach to breaking this vicious cycle. With a newBicycle Stress Map, county planners have quantified and mapped the “traffic stress level” of the county’s bike network, assigning a numeric value and corresponding color to every street and bike trail.
Based on methodology developed by the Northeastern University transport scholar Peter Furth, the planners calculated those “TSL” values based on traffic speed and volume, the number and width of car and bike lanes, parking turnover, how easy it is to get through intersections, and other characteristics.