May 11, 2013
by Greg Macfarlane
Over the last few weeks I have read a number of essays wherein a wide variety of authors make the case that American cities should adopt the transportation policies of exemplary European cities. One such essay is Chapter 6 of Timothy Beatley’s Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities, entitled “Bicycles: Low-tech Ecological Mobility.” In the chapter, Beatley argues extensively that American cities should build separated cycling infrastructure to encourage more people to bike, following the examples of cities such as Amsterdam, Münster, and København. Continue Reading →
May 6, 2013
by Guest Contributor
Alex Poznanski is a graduating MS student.
My thesis presents an analysis of the demographic and geographic characteristics of Cycle Atlanta users. Cycle Atlanta is a smartphone application that was developed to collect bicycle route and infrastructure data in Atlanta via crowdsourcing. The data will be used to guide transportation planners and public agencies as they improve and build new bicycle facilities. Continue Reading →
May 3, 2013
by Guest Contributor
Aaron Gooze is another ITE @ GT student finishing his MS degree this week. Here’s a short description of his thesis.
The usage of real-time transit information has been expanding in the past few years as more and more agencies have come to realize the benefits to not only their operations but to the well-being of their riders. The expansion has been aided by the rapid increase in mobile application technology and the ability for transit agencies to deploy real-time information in an open data environment. Continue Reading →
April 25, 2013
by Jamie Fischer
I was pleasantly surprised when a friend of mine (not affiliated with GT or the transportation field) shared this article about bicycling in Atlanta, which highlights our own Dr. Kari Watkins and the CycleAtlanta application that she helped to develop.
When my friend posted the article on Facebook, he added the commentary, “Atlanta: The Amsterdam of the South? It can happen… ”
April 22, 2013
by Mags Carragher
From Margaret Carragher, our ITE VP of Finances and graduating MS student:
For the last two years I have been working on a mapping project using MARTA as a case study. More and more transit enthusiasts and professionals are calling for maps that either highlight or only show transit routes that are frequent (typically ten minutes or less, sometimes 15 minutes or less). In the Atlanta Region, MARTA has a rail map that includes only its four rail lines and a separate map that shows all 93 bus routes plus various shuttles and is difficult to read and understand. Continue Reading →