Cyclists' Route Planner Mobile-app for Dublin City



Cyclists' Route Planner Mobile-app for Dublin City

Authors

M Gavin, M Bouroche, B Ghosh, Trinity College Dublin; V Pakrashi, University College Cork; J Barton, B O'Flynn, Tyndall National Institute Cork, IE

Description

A Global Positioning System (GPS)-based mobile app for Android platform for cycling route planner application (Rothaim) has been developed for the city of Dublin, Ireland.

Abstract

Cycling as a green and sustainable mode of transport is continuously being encouraged in recent times. The concept of cycling as a lifestyle is being welcomed by the owners of public infrastructures, policy-makers, doctors, transport planners, insurers, media and end-users. In Ireland, the general tendency has become positive towards cycling and finite but limited facilities have been provided. However, network based formal transport planning is absent for cycles in cities in Ireland. Such formal modelling, scheduling and assignment are established for other modes. Planners do try to integrate all modes for a holistic approach but cycling is currently not a part of the formal transport model.

In a road network, cyclists are the group exposed to the maximum amount of risk. Route choice of a cyclist is often based on level of expertise, perceived or actual road risks, personal decisions, weather conditions and a number of other factors. Consequently, cycling tends to be the only significant travel mode where optimised route choice is not based on least-path or least-time. To successfully eliminate this problem it is important to develop easy-to-use and multi-tasking route planners which can be used by bicyclists while riding their bikes without much discomfort. This paper presents an Android platform based mobile-app for personalised route planning of cyclists in Dublin. The mobile-app, apart from its immediate advantage to the cyclists, acts as the departure point for a number of research projects and aids in establishing some critical calibration values for the cycling network in Dublin. The background to the development of this app and the design overview is presented first. The validation of the mobile app is carried out in two stages. In the first stage, a demonstration of successful use of this app for individual cyclists is presented. The usability and appropriateness of the app for Dublin is noted while some of the challenges are highlighted. In the second stage of validation of the work, a number of trips recorded on the phones of the volunteer cyclists are collected in a central repository and are analysed. Investigation into the recorded trips provides important insights to how cyclists interact with the multimodal transport network of Dublin.

Publisher

Association for European Transport