Each important community factor, in exception to population, that is identified in Objective 1 is subject to a service area analysis which allowed for quick and easy visualization of the maximum distance around each criterion that can be walked in a certain amount of time. The best possible locations for proposed bike share terminals are ideally situated in convenient areas which allow for immediate access to large amounts of citizens. The criteria defined in Objective 1 is selected because of it’s relative importance to the population living in the City of Guelph. The resulting service areas are meant to identify locations for possible bike terminals that can be readily accessed by citizens on foot within a few minutes. Each of these distinct service areas are shown below;
A comprehensive service area map was then created in order to account for the overlap of the six criteria identified as highly important in Objective 1. This new map encompasses each of the separate service areas and creates a Guelph-wide collective service area that incorporates all aspects of the first six maps into one. Suitability scores were then applied, resulting in a map that demonstrates the relative suitability of bike share terminal installation for different areas of the city.
The comprehensive suitability map was then subject to an intersect analysis with the “bike lanes” constraint layer, creating a final suitability map that displays the suitable areas that exclusively exist along roads that contain and/or cross established bike lanes.
Restricting the suitability analysis to include only streets with immediate access to an existing bike lane generated several areas with a suitability rating of 70% or greater. Proposed Bike Share terminals are allocated throughout these highly suitable areas, using existing public transit stops as a reference for exact locations. From here, bicycling service areas are created from 5, 10- and 15-minute biking commutes, and auxiliary terminal locations are chosen based on areas with high suitability that are contained within these new service areas. This ensures a level of connectivity between stations, so that travelling from one station to the next is not overwhelmingly time consuming or difficult. In total, thirteen locations were ultimately chosen for proposed terminal installation based on biking service areas combined with total suitability. Exact locations are heavily influenced by pre-existing public transit stops, potentially allowing these two transportation methods to complement each other and create a diverse network of public transportation for citizens to use and enjoy.