An Introduction to Non-Motorized Transportation Systems
Study the characteristics and planning process of non-motorized transportation systems in this free online course.
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This free online course introduces you to the nature of a transportation system that does not involve any motorized or electronic devices. Firstly, it explains the need for non-motorized transportation (NMT) systems, their benefits, issues and types, and compares various such systems and their impacts on the environment. Sustainable forms of transportation and the key steps involved in the overall planning and assessment processes of NMT systems are discussed. The importance of analyzing the travel characteristics of a specific city is emphasized, including the need for different data sources to understand existing infrastructural information. The crucial process of understanding road inventory through various primary and secondary data sources is also described for you. This course is arranged systematically and presented clearly so you will easily be able to understand the given concepts.
Next, it goes on to explain the estimation of the demand for NMT and the process of measuring the existing level of congestion on the roads. You then learn the process of formulating context-specific NMT proposals and the method for judging and selecting the best possible proposal. This includes the integration of NMT strategies with other transportation plans and the process of retrofitting existing streets with new NMT infrastructure. In addition, the process of investing in such systems and the various methods for selecting the best interventions based on cost and economic analysis are highlighted. Then, the process of developing incentives for private stakeholders to invest in this infrastructure and the procedure for establishing budget allocations for NMT rehabilitation and maintenance are explained. You move onto examining the different characteristics for each type of NMT system and discuss variations in their size and dimension. The course explains how pedestrian speed is affected by individual characteristics as well as the built environment, and the process of determining the speed of two pedestrian groups.
Finally, you will learn about the different methods of collecting data on pedestrian flows and how data collection techniques are dependent on the time available and budgetary constraints. You will look at various options that are used to model pedestrian flows and the significance of linear regression analysis in establishing statistical relationships. The Indian Highway Capacity Manual (Indo-HCM) estimation of flow models for different land uses and the process of determining the ‘goodness of fit’ of the actual data, are discussed. You will discover how macroscopic pedestrian flow models differ based on their trip purpose and land use, and also the possibility of having two different regimes in their models. In addition, the different types of crossing facilities and the factors to be considered while designing pedestrian facilities are described. An Introduction to Non-Motorized Transportation Systems is an informative course that will interest students studying civil engineering, transportation engineering, urban planning or anyone who has an interest in creating greener urban spaces by encouraging the use of NMT.Start Course Now
Planning of Non-Motorized Transportation Systems
Planning of Non-Motorized Transportation Systems – Learning Outcomes
Introduction to NMT Systems
Assessing the Existing Scenario of NMTS
Data Collection and Analysis in NMT Planning
Complementarity and Selection of Interventions
Alternative Selection Through Economic and Financial Analysis
Planning of Non-Motorized Transportation Systems – Lesson Summary
Pedestrian Characteristics and Flow Model
Pedestrian Characteristics and Flow Models – Learning Outcomes
Characteristics of Non-Motorized Transportation
Pedestrian Data Collection and Flow Characteristics
Pedestrian Flow Models
Pedestrian Flow Characteristics on Facilities
Pedestrian Level of Service Based on Flow Models
Pedestrian Characteristics and Flow Models – Lesson Summary
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Outline the definition of and the need for non-motorized transportation systems
- Identify the key steps involved in the planning process of NMTS
- Recognize the various forms of sustainable transportation
- Explain the process of assessing non-motorized transportation systems
- Describe the planning and design of NMT systems
- Define the process of formulating context-specific NMT proposals
- Discuss the procedure for investing in NMT systems
- Outline the basic characteristics of pedestrians and cyclists
- Identify the factors that affect the speed of pedestrians
- Summarize the models that are used in modelling pedestrian flows
- Discuss the factors to be considered while designing pedestrian facilities
- Explain the process of developing pedestrian level service measures based on the flow models
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