As an avid cyclist, lover of walks, and student of street design, I think a lot about how we design and allocate roadway space across urban stakeholders. Here’s a taste of what I’ve worked on.
B.A.Sc. Honours Thesis
H.O.V. Lanes and Social Welfare
Does it make sense to build carpool or high-occupancy vehicle lanes on our streets and highways? Can a policy idea grounded in efficiency (i.e., moving more people in less space) actually improve net social welfare? My undergraduate thesis at the University of Toronto asked these very questions, using HOV lanes in the Greater Toronto Area as a case study. I found that while newly built HOV lanes increase the prevalence of carpooling, the net person-throughput on such roadways ended up decreasing due to underutilization.
Take-away: HOV lanes indeed reward carpoolers, but more steps are required to increase average vehicle occupancy and person-throughput on our roads.
Capstone Design Project
Bike Sharing & Beyond: Two-Wheeled Sustainability in Toronto
How can a fledgling bike share system grow to best serve its community? What criteria are important in considering where future stations are located? For my capstone design project, I worked alongside a team of engineering students to develop an expansion plan for Toronto’s bicycle sharing program. We examined demographic and employment trends across downtown neighbourhoods to maximize bicycle ridership while considering equity concerns.
We also developed a geometric design of on-street cycling facilities in the vicinity of Bay Street and Queen Street West in Toronto.
Allston I-90 Interchange: Balancing Environmental Impacts with Transportation Benefits
As project work in a graduate course at MIT taught by Fred Salvucci, I evaluated proposals for realignment of the Massachusetts Turnpike in the context of the existing rail corridor and sensitive parkland. My paper issued recommendations to the Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation in consideration of state and federal environmental law, particularly Section 4(f).