Kevin J. Krizek, Professor of Environmental Design and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, analyzes city design and transport solutions in cities world-wide, focusing on accessibility and bicycling.
He serves as Director of the Program in Environmental Design at CU Boulder and was a 2013-14 fellow of the Leopold Leadership Program. Krizek has been awarded research/teaching appointments at the University of Bologna, Radboud University Nijmegen and EAFIT University (Medellin); these posts have included a 2014 a U.S.-Italy Fulbright Scholarship, being appointed as the visiting professor of “Cycling in Changing Urban Regions” (2014-2017) in the Nijmegen School of Management and serving as a Fulbright Specialist for research in spatial economics via the RISE group in Colombia in 2017. He chaired the scientific colloquium for Velo-city 2017 and served for a decade on the bicycle transportation committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.
Krizek was previously 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 chaired the Transportation Research Board Committee on Telecommunications and Travel (a division of the National Research Council). He was an Associate Professor with tenure 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 empirical studies have 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, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Centers for Disease Control. He actively publishes in the areas of travel behavior, changing transport technologies, neighborhood accessibility, health and planning, sustainable development, and curricular needs for universities. 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 leading 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 for Best Dissertation in the Field of Planning from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in 2001. Kevin 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.
Prior to faculty roles in academia, Kevin worked for the American Planning Association, the Teton County (Wyoming) Planning Department and for a private transportation engineering consulting firm in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was Vice-President of the board of the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance and a five year member of Seattle’s bicycle advisory board. 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).