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Gulsah Akar, PhD

  • Associate Professor, PhD Program Chair, City and Regional Planning Section
234 Knowlton Hall

Gulsah Akar, Ph.D., is an associate professor of City and Regional Planning (CRP) and Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE). She is the PhD Program Chair and Graduate Chair of the CRP section. Dr. Akar’s research interests focus on travel demand analysis and choice modeling. Her research on transportation has received grant support from US Department of Transportation-Region V Regional University Transportation Center and the Ohio Department of Transportation. She is the Editor of Journal of Planning Literature.


CRPLAN 3100: Analyzing the City
CRPLAN 5700: Urban Transportation Demand Forecasting 
CRPLAN 6500: Plan Making and Analysis Techniques 
CRPLAN 7300: Planning Dissertations and Theses from Start to Finish

Recent Work

"Tracking Bicyclists' Route Choices Case Study: The Ohio State University"

There is increasing interest among colleges and universities in ways to reduce local congestion, contributions to greenhouse gases, and provide leadership in sustainable transportation. This study analyzes campus transportation patterns, identifies the factors associated with bicycle trip generation and bicycle route choices using state‐of‐the‐art data collection techniques at a large university campus, The Ohio State University (OSU). The origins, destinations and routes of bicycle trips are collected through a smart phone app: CycleTracks. This app is developed by SFCTA (San Francisco County Transit Authority) to collect data on users’ bicycle trip routes and times, and display maps of their rides using smartphone GPS.

Selected Publications

K. Wang and G. Akar “The perceptions of bicycling intersection safety by four types of bicyclists” Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour, accepted (August 2018).

K. Wang, G. Akar and Y‐J Chen (2018) “Bike sharing differences among Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers: Lessons learnt from New York City’s bike share” Transportation Research Part A, Vol. 116, pp 1‐14.

K. Wang and G. Akar (2018) “Street Intersection Characteristics and Their Impacts on Perceived Bicycling Safety” forthcoming, Transportation Research Record

M. Blau, G. Akar and J. Nasar (2018) "Driverless Vehicles' Potential Influence on Bicyclist Facility Preferences." International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 12:9, 665‐674

Y. Park, N. Chen and G. Akar (2018) “Who is Interested in Carpooling and Why: The Importance of Individual Characteristics, Role Preferences, and Carpool Markets” forthcoming, Transportation Research Record.