Road Shoulder Safety Reporting Study - AB-032

Preferred Disciplines: Sustainable Environment Management / Economics / Psychology (Master)
Project length: 4-6 months (1 unit)
Desired start date: Summer 2018
Location: Calgary, Alberta
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Language: English or Bilingual
Company: Calgary Tour de Nuit Society

About Company:

The Tour de Nuit Society is a leading applied research ENGO that drafted the city council motion for separated bike lanes in downtown Calgary and brokered the suburban-urban consensus that saw the motion passed. The Society undertook the government relations effort that led to the completion of the Legacy Trail and is the event planner for the largest public cycling tour in Calgary – the Tour of Alberta Ride the Road tour.

Project Description:

The Tour de Nuit Society is undertaking a study to determine an optimal and efficient process for adding cycling conditions to the Alberta traffic reporting system. The system only reports on road conditions in the travel lanes for motorists and the shoulder where cyclists ride can be dramatically different. At the same time as the road is rated in excellent condition the situation on the shoulder can be unpassable for cyclists. 


Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • Undertake a literature review of road classification systems for cycling
  • Identify any comparible public safety systems
  • Provide evidence of demand for road shoulder information
  • Explore economic development models using Road Shoulder Safety Reporting as the catalyst for a cycling tourism


  • Undertake a literature review of road classification systems
  • Survey design
  • Develop a standardized field assessment tool
  • Test the tool
  • Create a learning protocol to teach individual cyclists
  • Synthesize and write a report of findings 

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Demonstrated research ability
  • Organization and Time Management to ensure completion of the project in the allocated time period
  • Management and leadership to direct volunteers
  • Strong Writing, Knowledge of Statistics and ideally survey design 


For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

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