HSRC receives recognition for bicycle research:
Tool to evaluate costs and benefits of bicycle improvements
CHAPEL HILL, NC — The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) has received special recognition for its work on Guidelines for Cost Benefit Analysis of Investments in Bicycle Facilities, a research project aimed to help government officials evaluate the costs and benefits of implementing bicycle improvements.
The Research Partnership Special Recognition award, presented by the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), recognizes research projects within the CTS program that have resulted in significant impacts on transportation and rewards teams of individuals who have drawn on the strengths of their diverse partnerships to achieve those results. HSRC teamed up with the University of Minnesota, Planner's Collaborative, and the Robert Wood Johnson's Active Living by Design Program on this project as a part of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program in August 2003.
With an expected completion date of August 2005, the project will provide transportation decision makers at the federal, state and local levels with guidelines to evaluate the projected costs and benefits of bicycle-facility investments. The guidelines will include a methodology capable of evaluating when facilities are warranted, which particular facility is most appropriate, how investments in bicycle facilities compare with investments in other modes and how to integrate bicycle-facility cost-benefit analysis into the overall transportation planning process.
The UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) conducts interdisciplinary research aimed at reducing deaths, injuries, and related societal costs of roadway crashes. Research examines motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian crashes, taking into account human, vehicular, roadway and environmental factors.