Kevin J. Krizek is Professor and Director of the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder. Concurrently, he also serves as the visiting professor of “Cycling in Changing Urban Regions” in the Nijmegen School of Management at Radboud University in the Netherlands.
Professor Krizek’s scholarly pursuits examine synergies between city design and transport solutions world-wide–stressing the role of accessibility and bicycling. Facilitating the transfer of knowledge to action & vice versa is a current focus. He was a 2013-14 fellow of the Leopold Leadership Program and was awarded a 2014 U.S.-Italy Fulbright Scholarship as a visiting scholar at the University of Bologna; he will be serving as Fulbright Specialist in Medellin, Colombia in 2017.
Krizek chairs the scientific colloquium for Velo-city 2017; he is appointed to the bicycle transportation committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, and is the Senior Transportation Fellow for the Environmental Center at CU. He co-heads the Active Communities / Transportation (ACT) Research Group–a network of students, researchers, and faculty analyzing the changing landscape of cities world-wide and the efficacy of sustainable transport solutions, including cycling.
Previously, Professor Krizek was Director of the PhD Program in Design and Planning in the College of Architecture and Planning (’07-’12), founding co-editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use, and chair of the inaugural World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (2011). From 2006-2012, he led the Transportation Research Board Committee on Telecommunications and Travel (a division of the National Research Council). Krizek was an Associate Professor at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota prior to moving to Colorado.
Having served as Principal Investigator or co-PI for over $3 million in research grants from a variety of funding agencies, his research has been supported by agencies including, but not limited to: the US Federal Highway Administration, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Queensland (NZ) Department of Infrastructure, and the Centers for Disease Control. He actively publishes in the areas of travel behavior, changing transport technologies, neighborhood accessibility, health and planning, and sustainable development. Krizek is the author or editor of four books, over fifty peer reviewed articles, and more than fifty other scholarly reports, articles or book chapters. His work has appeared in journals spanning urban planning, transportation, engineering, environmental issues, public health, and planning theory. His doctoral research examining relationships between household travel and urban form won the Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in the Field of Planning from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in 2001.
Prior to joining academia Krizek worked for the American Planning Association, the Teton County (Wyoming) Planning Department; and at a transportation engineering consulting firm (Jackson, Wyoming). He has served as Vice-President of the board of the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance and as a member of Seattle’s bicycle advisory board. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife, 10 year old son, and 7 year old dog.
Krizek earned a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning and M.S.C.E. from the University of Washington in Seattle. His master’s degree in planning is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree in engineering is from Northwestern University.