Ghost Bikes

Overview

Lauren Fox (Cultural Anthropology) and Elizabeth Ratliff (Statistics, Global Health) spent ten weeks analyzing and mapping pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle data provided by Durham's Department of Transportation. This project was a continuation of a seminar on "ghost bikes" taught by Prof. Harris Solomon.

Project Results: After extensive data cleaning and consultation with Transportation planners, the team used QGIS to create an R Shiny app that allows users to view and interact with crash maps, as well as understanding them against a backdrop of variables such as time-of-day, weather conditions, and sociodemographic factors.

The team was able to make a series of data-driven policy recommendation to their community partners.

Partially sponsored by an NSF CAREER Award and by the Franklin Humanities Institute Health Humanities Lab

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Faculty Lead: Harris Solomon

Project Manager: Collin Mueller, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology

Analytics for Safety in Durham: