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This is a research study conducted by a team of researchers from the City and Regional Planning (CRP) Section of the Austin E. Knowlton School of the OSU.

The purpose of this study is to understand university members’ bicycle travel patterns to, from, and on campus using a GPS-tracking smartphone application. If you wish to participate, we ask you to download the CycleTracks™ application (iPhone and Android) and turn it on when you ride a bike. For detailed information on this app, please visit CycleTracks official website, http://www.sfcta.org/modeling-and-travel-forecasting/cycletracks-iphone-and-android.

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This study will identify the needs of OSU bicyclists; generate information on origins, destination and routes of bicycling trips that could be utilized for making targeted investments; and identifying the priority areas that need such investments. The OSU campus is an ideal setting for such a study with its large, diverse and dense population of bicycle riders and tech savvy population. At the end, empirical models will be developed to better understand the factors associated with bicycling route choice and bicycle trip generation using data on land-use, bicycle facility provision, road and built environment characteristics along routes to campus.

Your input is very important to us. Every response is highly valuable to this study, and even those who have little previous experience in campus biking can help us assess university members’ preference toward bicycle routes. Definitely all identifying information that you would provide will remain confidential; your responses will only be reported in aggregate form. We will work to make sure that no one sees your responses without approval. But, because we are using the Internet, there is a chance that someone could access your online responses and geographic commute data without permission. In some cases, this information could be used to identify you. This risk is minimal. Your data will be protected with a code to reduce the risk that other people can review the responses. If you choose to withdraw from the study, simply do not turn the app on and/or remove it from your phone.

As a potential respondent willing to help us to further identify bicyclist travel behavior, your email address may have been randomly selected within the university population. There are no direct benefits to participants for being a part of this study. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and your decision to participate will not affect your relationship with the University.

To show our appreciation, we will randomly select 20 participants to award a $25 gift card. We will be contacting around 23,000 people for this study and expect between 200 and 800 to participate. We expect the odds of being awarded a gift card to be between 1/10 and 1/40. On the first stage of starting the CycleTracks app, you will be asked whether you would like to enter your email address or not. Be assured that you will only be contacted in the case you have won a prize.

Please proceed only if you are 18 years or older.

Data collection will proceed until December 1st, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Yujin Park, PhD student, park.2329@osu.edu. For questions regarding your rights as a participant in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact Ms. Sandra Meadows in the Office of Responsible Research Practice at 1-800-678-6251.

Thank you in advance for your participation.