Kevin J. Krizek analyzes transport solutions in cities world-wide. His perspectives prize evidence-based knowledge that relates city design, accessibility and viable options for bicycling. Past leadership experiences have proven valuable in spearheading or strengthening a variety of initiatives, within and outside of academia. He is a Professor of Environmental Design and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.
As a 2013-14 fellow of the Leopold Leadership Program, Krizek learned skills to translate knowledge to action and strategies to catalyze change to address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. From 2015-2018, he employed such knowledge as Director of the Program in Environmental Design at CU Boulder, leading 25 faculty and 18 staff through new and significant initiatives for the ENVD Program. His research has been awarded appointments at the University of Bologna, Radboud University (Nijmegen) and EAFIT University (Medellin); these posts have included:
- a U.S.-Italy Fulbright Scholarship (‘14),
- an appointment as the visiting professor of “Cycling in Changing Urban Regions” in the Nijmegen School of Management (‘14-‘17),
- a Fulbright Specialist in spatial economics (‘17).
Krizek was the scientific director for the Velo-city 2017 research symposium in the Netherlands—held as part of the world’s largest conference on bicycling—and served for a decade on the bicycle transportation committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. He is founding co-editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use and spearheaded the inaugural World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (2011). From 2006-2012, he chaired the Transportation Research Board Committee on Telecommunications and Travel (a division of the National Research Council).
He is the co-author/editor of four books, most recently: Metropolitan Transport and Land Use (2018, 2nd ed.) and End of Traffic and the Future of Access (2017, 3rd ed.). Having served as Principal Investigator or co-PI for over $3 million in research grants from a variety of funding agencies, his contributions to over fifty peer reviewed articles, and more than fifty other scholarly reports, articles or book chapters have appeared in environmental design journals whose purview includes urban planning, regional science, transport, urban design, travel behavior, engineering, environmental issues, public health, and planning theory. Krizek’s doctoral research analyzing household travel and urban form using longitudinal data won the Barclay Gibbs Jones Award (2001) for Best Dissertation in the field of city planning.
From 2007-2012, Krizek served as Director of the PhD Program in the College of Architecture and Planning at UC Denver. He was an Associate Professor with tenure at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and 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 regional planning is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree in engineering was awarded by Northwestern University. He worked for the American Planning Association, the Teton County (Wyoming) Planning Department and for a private transportation engineering consulting firm in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Together with his wife, he stays active living in Boulder, Colorado (sometimes) chasing his 12 year old son (Holden) and 9 year old dog (Greta).