Date of Award

5-14-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.U.R.P.

Degree Program

Urban and Regional Planning

Department

Planning and Urban Studies

Major Professor

Renne, John

Second Advisor

Thompson, Michelle

Third Advisor

Fields, Billy

Fourth Advisor

Pucher, John

Abstract

The intent of this thesis is to increase local government and bicycle advocacy awareness of the importance of end of trip facilities in a transportation network, primarily bicycle parking. The research was motivated by a debate about the worthiness of bicycle parking as an advocacy objective. The thesis begins by reviewing existing end of trip facility research and projects at a national scope. Two surveys were conducted, the first identifies how advocates prioritize bicycle parking as an advocacy objective and the second determines how cyclists in New Orleans perceive bicycle parking. At the most narrow geographic scope an observation of bicycle parking patterns is completed on Magazine Street in New Orleans. The thesis finds that bicyclists desire bicycle parking and that bicycle parking facilities can mitigate chaotic bicycle parking patterns that may interfere with pedestrians. Recommendations are offered for bicycle advocates, local governments, and the City of New Orleans.

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