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Gulsah Akar, PhD

  • Associate Professor, PhD Program Chair and Graduate Studies 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.

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

Akar, G. (2013). Ground access to airports, case study: Port Columbus International Airport. Journal of Air Transport Management, 30, 25-31.


Akar, G., Fischer, N., & Namgung, M. (2013). Bicycling Choice and Gender Case Study: The Ohio State University. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 7(5), 347-365.


Akar, G., Flynn, C., & Namgung, M. (2012). Travel Choices and Links to Transportation Demand Management: Case Study at Ohio State University. Transportation Research Record (2319), 77-85.


Akar, G., & Clifton, K. J. (2009). Influence of Individual Perceptions and Bicycle Infrastructure on Decision to Bike. Transportation Research Record (2140), 165-172.