2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Using BikeAble to Connect Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Posters

Activity ID: NPC187031


  • Principles of modeling low-stress bicycle connectivity
  • Importance of low-stress infrastructure to connect people to opportunities
  • Connection between connectivity, equity, and opportunity in planning for community outcomes


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy used its BikeAble connectivity-analysis tool to assess low-stress biking connectivity throughout the city of Milwaukee. The analysis found that historic auto-centric and race-based planning decisions had left disadvantaged neighborhoods most disconnected from opportunities and key destinations, including trails, and that a trail network could reconnect communities. This poster presentation shows how the analysis was conducted by detailing aggregate mappings of factors of disadvantage, traffic stress, modeled low-stress flow, and connectivity.

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Session Speakers

Torsha Bhattacharya
Rails to Trails Conservancy
Washington DC, DC

Shane Farthing
Washington, DC

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