User:Nate Wessel

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I think it's helpful to offer some background on myself in order to provide context for my edits, establish authority on certain topics, and acknowledge potential biases.


I've lived in Ohio most of my life, in Canton and then Cincinnati. I currently live in Toronto, Canada.



I'm currently finishing up a PhD in urban planning at the University of Toronto, with a focus on GIS and quantitative methods in transport geography. Most of my work deals with non-automotive forms of transport such as bicycles[1] and public transit[2][3]. I've also published in cartography[4] and worked professionally in that area.

I have a master's degree in geography (quantitative, human geography) from the University of Cincinnati, and my bachelor's is in urban planning, from the same university but a more design-oriented college (DAAP). During my undergrad I worked briefly at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics at the USDOT in DC.

Informal and Hobbies[edit]

I've been sewing for about a decade now, and contribute sometimes to pages on sewing and pattern-making.

Other Projects[edit]

I contribute regularly to OpenStreetMap under the same username.

My partner works in medical illustration / taxidermy / anatomy, and I sometimes upload some of his work to Wikimedia Commons.


  1. ^ Ledsham, Trudy; Farber, Steven; Wessel, Nate. "Dwelling Type Matters: Untangling the Paradox of Intensification and Bicycle Mode Choice". Transportation research Record. 2662. doi: Check |doi= value (help).
  2. ^ Wessel, Nate; Allen, Jeff; Farber, Steven (2017-06-01). "Constructing a routable retrospective transit timetable from a real-time vehicle location feed and GTFS". Journal of Transport Geography. 62: 92–97. doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2017.04.012. ISSN 0966-6923.
  3. ^ Wessel, Nate; Widener, Michael (2017-01-01). "Discovering the space–time dimensions of schedule padding and delay from GTFS and real-time transit data". Journal of Geographical Systems. 19 (1): 93–107. doi:10.1007/s10109-016-0244-8. ISSN 1435-5949.
  4. ^ Wessel, Nate; Widener, Michael (2015-04-11). "Rethinking the Urban Bike Map for the 21st Century". Cartographic Perspectives. 0 (81): 6–22. doi:10.14714/CP81.1243. ISSN 1048-9053.
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