Seeing like a bike


How might we support our City Planners improve the safety of micromobility in the City of Atlanta?

The goal of the data visualization tool is to help Atlanta City Planners make informed decisions about

city infrastructure by:

  1. Identifying stress factors for cyclists

    • What areas are most/least stressful to cyclists?

  2. What is the current user perspective about our current facilities?​

    • How safe are current conditions?

    • What roads are considered more dangerous than others? Why?

    • Where are the opportunities to repair and build bike facilities?


The following data was collected data from ~40 cyclists around Atlanta with self-reported surveys. 


Routes where chosen based on recorded data from the most reported cycled routes from: 

  1. Strava

  2. Cycle Atlanta

  3. Ride Report

  4. Rideshare

Each road in each route that encompass different types of settings (residential, commercial, etc)

This is an interactive bubble chart where you can explore and identify what factors are stressful to cyclists. You can click on the bubbles that represent factors which cyclists feel mitigate their stress to see how it changes the main four categories. Hover over bubbles to view details about subsections (i.e. Road Obstructions mean delivery trucks blocking the road.)

Paved Roads

Bike Lanes

Slower Speeds

Consideration of Cyclists

Frequency = X

This dynamic lets you understand and compare strengths of relationships between each route/road and stress conditions.

The stronger the relationship between road and stress condition, the thicker the band will be. 

To compare relationships, you can select and deselect:

  1. Single/Multiple Roads

  2. Single/Multiple Stress Conditions

Tool tips are there to help you understand the frequency of each conditions.


This map overview demonstrates that the four routes where we gathered data from. You can choose what routes that you want to further explore. Hovering over routes also show a quick zoomed in view to see which roads each route contains. You can also investigate correlations with the dynamic key, as described above.


After choosing which route you want to explore, a detailed map will appear. On the dynamic key, you can select particular roads you want to focus on, compare multiple roads, and hover over details to highlight where they are located on the map. The numbers represent the frequency of how many times cyclists mentioned it during their self-reporting.



  • Christopher Le Dantec, PhD Associate Professor in the Digital Media Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication 


Research Team

  • Kari Watkins, PhD Associate Professor in Civil Engineering

  • Kaitlyn Schaffer, MS Civil Engineering: Air Quality

  • April Gadsby, PhD Civil Engineering: Conditions & Stress

City Planners

  • Cary Bearn, Director of Office of Mobility in the Department of City Planning – Atlanta

  • Byron Rushing, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager at Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Department of Transportation

  • John Saxton, City Planner

  • Chelsea Zakas. MS City & Regional Planning Candidate


  • Yago Arconada, MS HCI Candidate

  • Kevin Key, MS HCI Candidate

  • Lu Meng, MS HCI Candidate

Created with SOUL by Alexandra M. Nguyen