The following are some major research projects in which Professor Krizek has been involved. Specific publications are available in their own tab, along with readings addressing other topics. Additional information or other projects are available from the Active Communities / Transport (ACT) Research Group.
- Measuring Pedestrian and Bicycle Use – Most communities have unreliable means to know how much non-motorized travel (NMT) occurs in their jurisdictions, let alone how the numbers may change over time. Two major projects address the NMT surveillance issue:
- The Pedestrian and Bicycle Survey (PABS) is a cost effective survey method and related sampling strategy–accompanied by a user’s manual–for communities to easily, affordably, and reliably document the amount of local walking and cycling happening among their residents.
- The Colorado Active Transportation Mile Markers are a set of 4 indicators to track progress in Active Transportation work in Colorado. This work, funded by Kaiser Permanente and available via webinar, aims to help public and private agencies throughout Colorado partner in their efforts to monitor progress in Active Transportation.
- Evaluation of the Nonmotorized Pilot Program – Authorized by Congress in the 2005 transportation bill (SAFETEALU), the pilot program provides funding to four communities–Columbia, Missouri; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Marin County, California; and Sheboygan County, Wisconsin–to construct a network of nonmotorized transportation facilities. This project reports on the results of a before (2006) and after (2011) study to analyze longitudinal data regarding behavioral change that may result from investing in nonmotorized infrastructure.
- Design for Health – Bridging the gap between the emerging research base on urban design and healthy living and the questions and priorities of local governments, this project provides a wealth of resources through a Technical Assistance Library for incorporating health into comprehensive plans and a suite of Health Impact Assessment tools.
- Access to Destinations – What if solid research showed that even as congestion is getting worse, most people are finding it easier to get where they want to go? Measures of accessibility (not mobility) help gauge such a phenomenon and the Access to Destinations study uncovers how easy it is to reach retail, recreation, employment, or health care from your neighborhood via different modes of travel including walking, cycling, and transit.
- Benefits and Costs of Bicycle Facilities – How much do bicycle facilities cost? Can we quantify their benefits? In what cases do estimates of benefits outweigh costs? If your community is considering building a new bicycle facility, you can use this tool to estimate costs, the demand in terms of new cyclists, and measured economic benefits (e.g., time savings, increased livability, decreased health costs, a more enjoyable ride).