This research review added strong and credible recommendations to improve the city of Chicago's bicycle travel network and in doing so, save lives.
In my work at the Active Transportation Alliance, I was tasked with preparing, curating, and producing all pedestrian and bicycle crash data for internal and external use. Understanding and conveying this data in meaningful ways, I hope to have saved lives and improved the city of Chicago.
Meaningful research is not limited to understanding what others have done before you, but also includes attempting to answer what questions remain unanswered.
In this spirit, I used my completed at the University of Illinois at Chicago to answer this question: Were there significant differences in bicycle crash severity in Boise, Idaho, as compared to the Champaign-Urbana metro region? This question aims to understand the impact of Idaho's controversial bicycle stop laws.
Results indicated significant difference in severity only when crossing at signalized intersections, with Champaign-Urbana seeing more severe crashes. While much more research is needed to completely understand the impact of Idaho's unique laws, I gained a valuable understanding of bicycle law, crash statistics, and proper research methods.
New bicycle parking and targeted pedestrian and bicycle safety sign improvements were requested across Illinois as apart of the $1.6 million dollar project "We Choose Health" initiative sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Active Transportation Alliance was contracted to make this happy in only six months.
As the lead planner on this project was my job to devise a system to collect all the necessary information in over 30 counties spread across Illinois. To make this happen I devised to educate public health practitioners in each county to independently collect the relevant data. This training program required me to know every aspect of bicycle parking and safety sign installation. Using the skills I have honed as a research assistant for the University of Illinois at Chicago, I quickly became an expert in the field, while meaningfully training over 40 other health professionals too. The ability to acquire information and then apply it is crucial to the success of any task.
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