Community and Regional Planning Program
Targeted Updates to the Bicycle Plan for the University of Georgia Main Campus, Athens, Georgia
Date of this Version
Through this Professional Project, the author examines circulation and suitability pertaining to bicycle planning on a college campus, in the real-world setting of the University of Georgia (UGA) main campus located in Athens, Georgia.
Based on existing on-campus activity, bicycle circulation is established. Using an analytical tool, namely the bicycle level of service (BLOS) analysis, roadway segments within the study area are evaluated for suitability with respect to adjacent motor vehicle traffic. Several improvements are suggested throughout the project to enhance the existing BLOS, and in turn enhance the bicycling conditions. Most of the suggestions are based on traditional improvements, which primarily include roadway widening. Improvements to roadway segments, where BLOS ratings could not be calculated, are also addressed in this project by means of the focus area projects, where improvements are suggested based on non-traditional improvements, such as removing or restructuring existing on-street parking and/or installing partial bicycle lanes, among others.
Further evaluation and/or implementation of the improvements suggested by the author is key to the success of this project. The focus area concept should be expanded to the remainder of the UGA main campus as well, and the improvements resulting from this process should be ranked when a future project implementation schedule, along with cost estimates, is developed. The prioritization framework proposed in this project should be considered for the ranking purposes.
Professional Project, For the Degree Master of Community and Regional Planning, Community and Regional Planning Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Professional Project Advisory Committee: Prof. Gordon Scholz, Chair; Prof. Rodrigo Cantarero; Prof. Yunwoo Nam
Client: Kevin Kirsche, ASLA, LEED AP, Assistant Director of Planning, Office of University Architects, University of Georgia. November 2009