Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
Environmental degradation is currently taking place partially due to the constantly increasing use of transportation. Accordingly, this calls for the development of more sustainable transportation solutions. New technologies and alternative fuels are not sufficient in themselves; therefore, what is needed is a discontinuation of growth in the volume of fossil fueled transport. Previous research has proven that investments in bicycle infrastructure contribute to such a solution.
The study aims to identify effective planning methods for attractive bicycle routes as a relevant part of sustainable development of cities. The study is divided into a theoretical level and an application level. On the theoretical level, methods and theories are analyzed in the context of urban morphology in order to compile a toolbox for future planning of attractive bicycle routes.
The application, consisting of observations in Örebro and data analyzes of the collected material, have been performed by the author in collaboration with colleagues at the company Spacescape. The application is based on a combination of GIS-based methods in terms of Space syntax and Place syntax analysis and qualitative and quantitative surveys. The choice of method is the result of the theoretical and methodological completion.
Together, both parts of the study, theory and application, constitute the master thesis. The parts mutual enrich each other with the overall aim and prospect of dissemination to other municipalities with similar conditions in terms of urban morphology.
The practical results acquired from the application in Örebro city demonstrate the utility of the compiled toolbox for analyzing the bicycle paths in the city from a perspective of accessibility and betweenness in the street network. It also indicates the importance of combining quantitative and qualitative approaches.
The study also opens up for testing the generality of the toolbox by applying the methods on cities with different conditions. Further topics for research could also be to investigate the necessity of increasing the integration between urban and traffic planning which has been demonstrated in the study.
Keywords: Bicycle Planning, Urban morphology, GIS, Space syntax and Place syntax analysis, Örebro
2012. , 62 p.