Date of Award

January 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography & Geographic Information Science

First Advisor

Michael Niedzielski

Second Advisor

Enru Wang


This thesis examines the access to bicycle infrastructure from home locations and the locations of employment opportunities. The accessibility of bicycle infrastructure to employment is calculated using distance thresholds of 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 kilometers and compared using the road network, all bicycle infrastructure, and only bicycle paths for 10 United States cities. Findings indicate that on average, 71 percent of jobs in a city have access to bicycle infrastructure, which is found to be statistically significant at the 0.05 level in relation to the bicycle commute mode share, as opposed to 66 percent of residents which was not statistically significant. The results indicate a statistically significant correlation of all bicycle infrastructure accessibility and the bicycle commute mode share for travel distances of 3, 5, 7, and 9 kilometers.