Seminar room of International Project Lab., Third floor, Engineering Building No.11, Hongo Campus The University of Tokyo

Special seminar about bike planning in Maryland, USA at UTokyo

1) Time and day: 5:00pm-6:00pm, July 9 (Tuesday), 2019

2) Place: Seminar room of International Project Lab., Third floor, Engineering Building No.11, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo (

3) Presentation

– Title: GIS Analysis for Bike Planning with Consideration for Level of Streets and Energy Consumption: A Case from Montgomery Country, Maryland, USA

– Abstract: Bike planning has become an important part of local transportation planning in urbanized areas in the US. Within it, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in a variety of tasks, ranging from simple mapping to advanced analysis. In this talk, I will discuss the application of GIS analysis that incorporates two important factors that cyclists experience on roads: (a) stress to travel through street built environment and (b) changes in burden in biking due to topography. While the level of stress (LOS) is used to select street segments that are appropriate for different levels of cyclists, biking energy consumption, in addition to distance, is used as travel impedance to take into account the effects of slopes and street intersections. The integration of these two factors in conventional allows planners to enhance the capability in spatial analysis. The integrated GIS analysis methods are used to select for bike infrastructure improvements in coming years in Montgomery County, Maryland in the USA.

4) Short bio of presenter

Dr Hiroyuki (Hiro) Iseki is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at University of Maryland, College Park. He also has an appointment at the National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education (NCSG). His research focuses on balancing efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in the provision of mobility and accessibility with special attentions to transportation, land use, and the diversity of needs among different socioeconomic groups. Iseki’s pas projects include the development of direct transit demand models using origin-destination trip data, the analysis of variances in perceptions of transit service quality by user’s demographic characteristics and trip characteristics, public private partnerships in transportation financing and transit service, and equity in transit finance. Iseki has published his work in a range of transportation and planning journals, including Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Transport Reviews, Research in Transportation Economics, Transport Policy, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Journal of Public Transportation, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, and Journal of Planning Education and Research.

5) Charge: free

6) Language: English + Japanese

7) Participation: Please contact Ms Tomoko Samukawa ( for joining this seminar, but you can join the seminar even without pre-registration.