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Canopy Assessment of Cycling Routes: Comparison of Videos from a Bicycle-Mounted Camera and GPS and Satellite Imagery

Bourassa, Albert; Apparicio, Philippe ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6466-9342; Gelb, Jérémy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7114-2714 et Boisjoly, Geneviève (2023). Canopy Assessment of Cycling Routes: Comparison of Videos from a Bicycle-Mounted Camera and GPS and Satellite Imagery International journal of Geo-Information , vol. 12 , nº 6. DOI: 10.3390/ijgi12010006.

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Many studies have proven that urban greenness is an important factor when cyclists choose a route. Thus, detecting trees along a cycling route is a major key to assessing the quality of cycling routes and providing further arguments to improve ridership and the better design of cycling routes. The rise in the use of video recordings in data collection provides access to a new point of view of a city, with data recorded at eye level. This method may be superior to the commonly used normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) from satellite imagery because satellite images are costly to obtain and cloud cover sometimes obscures the view. This study has two objectives: (1) to assess the number of trees along a cycling route using software object detection on videos, particularly the Detectron2 library, and (2) to compare the detected canopy on the videos to other canopy data to determine if they are comparable. Using bicycles installed with cameras and GPS, four participants cycled on 141 predefined routes in Montréal over 87 h for a total of 1199 km. More than 300,000 images were extracted and analyzed using Detectron2. The results show that the detection of trees using the software is accurate. Moreover, the comparison reveals a strong correlation (>0.75) between the two datasets. This means that the canopy data could be replaced by video-detected trees, which is particularly relevant in cities where open GIS data on street vegetation are not available.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: vélo; bicyclette; canopée; arbre; choix de route; Montréal
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 16 janv. 2023 20:03
Dernière modification: 16 janv. 2023 20:03
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/13156

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