Associate Director, Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
Laura Sandt began work for HSRC as a graduate student in 2004; she has been a full-time Research Associate since 2006 and named Associate Director for the Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) in 2008. In this role, she oversees PBIC initiatives and strategic partnership development.
Ms. Sandt has been involved with several FHWA and NHTSA pedestrian and bicycle projects, including projects to develop pedestrian road safety audits, as well as the guide, How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. She was the lead author and co-PI on a project to develop A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities, a toolkit containing community-based resources for improving pedestrian safety and mobility. She also led a related follow-up project to distribute mini-grants to communities to use and evaluate the Resident's Guide. She is currently the co-PI for a multi-year effort to develop, implement, and evaluate education- and enforcement-focused interventions aimed at improving pedestrian safety in three North Carolina communities, in close partnership with local agencies.
Ms. Sandt has been involved in the development and deployment of a number of training/education courses, including FHWA's University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, PBIC's Graduate-level Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Course, the National Safe Routes to School training course, and others.
Ms. Sandt's research activities include analysis of various data related to intervention evaluation, including analyzing college alcohol use data before and after a norms-based intervention; analysis of teen driver travel patterns before and after a graduated licensing program took place; and evaluation of the effectiveness of educational and enforcement measures to prevent large truck crashes in North Carolina.
Ms. Sandt has a master's degree in City and Regional Planning, with a concentration in Transportation and Land Use, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Texas A&M University. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, concentrating on injury prevention. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Chris, and two mutts. They enjoy bicycling, hiking, camping, and exploring the world around them.