This research study incorporated 8 hubs throughout the City of Guelph. These hubs represent popular destinations and areas of interest for the City of Guelph’s Transportation Department. By utilizing the City of Guelph’s cycling and trail networks, a variety of cycling route alternatives were produced based on multiple criteria. Using each hub as an origin, maps were produced to all of the other study hubs. Derived from scholarly articles it was determined slope length, traffic volume, cycling infrastructure and winter maintenance are primary concerns. For this reason, these factors were utilized as the criteria for an MCE. The MCE produced suitability scores that assigned each road segment with a value between one and five. These barrier scores determine what streets and trails the alternative cycling route will utilize.
In a real world application, the actual suitability of each route is highly dependent on the individual cyclist's comfort levels and willingness to avoid arterial roads. With this in mind, these routes may not be the optimal route for every cyclist. However, they stand as a generalized standard for optimal alternative routes between the eight important study hub locations in this project.
Future projects might look into optimal locations to add infrastructure or propose new off-road trails to help make Guelph more bicycle friendly. Given access to more obscure data, future models could be made more robust, such that they offer a more accurate representation of cyclist route choice in the City of Guelph.