Professor Christopher Cherry, University of Tennessee
Trends and innovative research in cycling safety
Dr. Chris Cherry is a Professor at the University of Tennessee. His research interests include bicycle and pedestrian safety and system design; the role of e-bikes, micromobility, and other emerging technologies on the transportation system; multimodal transportation planning and economics; travel behavior and demand; sustainable transportation; and transit security.
Dr. Cherry received is BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. His research focuses on sustainable transportation, including aspects of transportation safety, economics and environment. About half of his research work is focused rapid motorization of Asia, with research projects in China. His domestic research agenda includes evaluating safety and system performance non-motorized and transit systems, as well as commercial vehicles. He also focuses on market penetration and impacts of alternative transportation technologies and fuels. He leads the Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research (LEVER) Initiative, a consortium of universities and industry to explore the role of emerging and potentially disruptive classes of electric vehicles on transportation, sustainability, and health.
He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (where he is on the Developing Country Committee and chairs the joint subcommittee on Emerging Vehicle Technologies). He is also a recipient of the NSF CAREER award that focused on sustainability implications of adoption behaviors of emerging technologies.
Dr Glen Koorey, ViaStrada
Cycling Infrastructure: if you build it, will they come? (and will they be safe?)
Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr Glen Koorey joined transport consultants ViaStrada in 2016, having previously spent 12 years as a Senior Lecturer in Transportation at the University of Canterbury, and 10 years prior to that with Opus International Consultants. He has a PhD in transportation engineering, as well as Masters and Bachelors degrees in civil engineering and computer science.
Glen has undertaken teaching, research and consulting work in a wide range of transportation and engineering topics, and has produced over 150 peer-reviewed publications and other presentations. He specialises in road safety and sustainable transport, with particular interest and expertise in walking & cycling and speed management.
Glen has been investigating cycling infrastructure and cycling safety for about 20 years and has travelled extensively to study overseas practices in these areas. His research and policy work has included non-motor vehicle cycle crashes, user perceptions of cycling infrastructure, changes to cycling road rules, safety benefits of cycle lanes, pedestrian/cycle railway crossings, cycling fatalities in New Zealand, regulations for e-bikes and other low-powered devices, ‘Bikes in Schools’ programmes, and neighbourhood greenways.
Glen was a Member of the TRB Bicycle Transportation Committee for 9 years and in New Zealand he was part of the national Cycle Safety Panel convened in 2014 to recommend actions to the Government. He has also been heavily involved in the development and delivery of New Zealand guidelines and industry training courses on Planning & Design for Cycling for 15 years, and continues to lead ongoing development in these areas for the NZ Transport Agency.
Many parts of the world are realising the benefits of encouraging more cycling and, echoing the examples of countries like The Netherlands and Denmark, investing considerably more in cycling infrastructure than they have previously done so. This is particularly evident in many Anglo-centric countries (UK, North America, Australasia) where regular cycling usage has historically been well below 5% of the population. However, this investment can be controversial (especially if it has impacts on motor traffic), and many politicians, policymakers and detractors are sceptical about whether it achieves the desired effect.
This presentation will look at the connection between investment in cycling infrastructure and its observed effects on both the usage and relative safety of cycling. It will draw on recent examples from around the world, but also focus on the evidence to date from Christchurch, New Zealand (city population: 380,000), where an extensive (>US$160 million) cycleway works programme is underway. Good access to both crash and count data in Christchurch over the past 20 years (as well as local experience) allows us to draw some useful conclusions.
The presentation will also touch on some of the other “pieces of the puzzle” that need to be in place to maximise any investment in cycling infrastructure. These include good policies and practices in land use planning, traffic and speed management, safety versus efficiency, public transport integration, and parking management.
Facilitator: Dr Marilyn Johnson, Monash University
Panel topic: Arising trends & challenges: what, why & how
Dr Marilyn Johnson is both a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University and a practitioner at the Amy Gillett Foundation, Australia’s not-for-profit cycling safety organisation. She is also a Vice President of the Australasian College of Road Safety and the Chair of the Victorian Chapter.
At Monash, Marilyn leads the Active Transport Research Group at the Institute of Transport Studies. Her research interest is in road safety, particularly cyclist safety. She is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and is working on a major study into the effectiveness of coroners’ recommendations on reducing fatalities on Australian roads.
At the Amy Gillett Foundation, Marilyn is the Research and Policy Manager. She provides advice to ensure action and activities are based on critically evaluated scientific evidence and has been instrumental in delivering key safety campaigns including truck driver training (Sharing Roads Safely) and a metre matters that has resulted in amendments to road rules to specify minimum distances when drivers pass cyclists (everywhere except Victoria).