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Mapping Bike Lanes Using 3D LiDAR

A safe and effective bike lane is one that connects with the rest of the bike network and that works in parallel with other networks including pedestrian, vehicles, and transit. This asset gives a designated place to safely separate vehicles from the more exposed and often slower bicyclist.

At ActiveAI we are working on better ways to collect accurate and detailed data about assets so that state and local agencies can have a complete summary of the condition and safety. Specializing in field surveys of bike lanes, sidewalks, and trails.

“The best bike lane is the one that is safe and that gets used because it connects you to where you are going!”

There are a variety of types of bike lanes and appropriate installations based on the Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) of the adjacent road and other parallel streets. In every case it is important to have a complete summary of the condition and safety of the entire network so that gaps can be addressed and prioritized.

Bike Lane Survey

The bike lane is an important component of complete streets therefore it is important to know what you have, where it is, and the current condition. Some of these features you need to know about your bike lane infrastructure includes its size, location, and condition:

  • Width of the lane
  • Level of protection
  • Street markings including sharrows
  • Additional green paint
  • Obstructions
  • Proximity to parking
  • Adjacent signs
  • Street lights
  • Condition of reflective paint

How to Survey a Bike Lane

Local and State governments often deploy interns or others to do field surveys. We have noticed they are either done sporadically as needed or in a blitz that is done remotely using images or on the ground often for several months.

We use LiDAR to map the bike lane to check for all the detailed data that help describe the features of the bike lane and the surrounding areas. Using lasers enable us to capture and post process data much faster and more consistent than sending a team of interns or a survey crew.

We are continually experimenting and working on improving our process for data collection. Contact us if you are interested in discussing ideas or a possible project you are considering. We are happy to help.

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