October 2016 Catalyst

October 2016
U of M researchers have an important message for transportation planners: pedestrians and bicyclists are different. A recent study explored the key differences between these two groups in order to help planners better track progress toward nonmotorized transportation goals and more effectively address the unique and different needs of pedestrians and bicyclists.
For many suburban commuters, driving to a transit stop or station and then taking transit to a destination is an attractive option. However, while there is a great deal of research about why commuters choose to park and ride, little is known about how they choose where to park and transfer to transit. According to U of M research, the choice of a park-and-ride location is not as simple as it may first seem.
Speed is a factor in approximately one-third of all U.S. fatal crashes and contributes to almost as many crashes as alcohol and distracted driving combined. One solution to address this safety issue—automated speed enforcement (ASE)—is highly controversial in Minnesota. A seminar from the U of M’s Roadway Safety Institute presented the nature of the controversy around ASE and recent research results.
This past summer, CTS hosted 24 students from two Chinese universities for the inaugural offering of the Global Transit Innovations (GTI) Summer Training Program. The training was part of GTI’s growing research and education portfolio. For example, GTI’s director is developing a book that will share lessons learned from transit development in 20 U.S. metropolitan regions.
Publication Credits 

Publisher/Director: Laurie McGinnis
Catalyst Editors: Pamela Snopl, Christine Anderson
Contributing Editors: Amy Friebe, Michael McCarthy
Designer: Angela Kronebusch
Freelance Writer: Megan Tsai
Web Team: Savannah Brausen