Spatial Audit and Analysis of Cycling and Pedestrian Routes in Regional NSW

Gwalter, David (2018) Spatial Audit and Analysis of Cycling and Pedestrian Routes in Regional NSW. [USQ Project]


The use of the transport modes of walking and cycling, “active transport”, has both health and environmental benefits for the Australian community. In order to provide suitable infrastructure to support active transport it is important to understand what currently exists and whether it is fit for the purpose. This study has investigated the policy background behind active transport plans in NSW and in particular, the role that pedestrian and cycling plans play in the implementation of policy. It was found that infrastructure auditing is a key step in the development of these plans and that the use of GPS technology has been scant in previous audits. A review of overseas studies found that there is an emerging practise of using video combined with Global Positioning Systems (GPS). By undertaking a case study in the Tamworth Regional Council Local Government Area, the use of a GPS video auditing technique for active transport infrastructure auditing was evaluated.

In undertaking the study, a number of mobile devices were compared to that of a survey quality Realtime kinematic (RTK) data collection instrument, to ensure that the accuracy would allow a person to return to approximately the same location of any identified features in the future. A GPS video audit of a shared pedestrian and cycle path was conducted with the results of that trial audit being compared to the existing published audits. It was found that the GPS video audit was able to confirm the results of the previous audit and whether any recommended work had been carried out since that audit. This technique identified opportunities for maintenance and upgrades that the previous audit had not identified. It also identified safety risks that may not have been obvious to the casual observer if they had not viewed the audit through the eyes of the user.

It was concluded that this type of auditing is a useful tool for adding detail to a path audit relatively quickly and at a low cost.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Basson, Marita; Grosvenor, Michael
Qualification: Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours)
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2021 05:29
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2023 01:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active Transport, Cycling and Pedestrian Route Audit, GPS Route Audit, GPS Video auditing

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