CU Boulder names a senior transportation fellow
CU Planning & Design professor Kevin J. Krizek was recently named CU's Senior Transportation Fellow, a new position created by the CU Environmental Center to help provide the campus and the community with a vision and plan towards an advanced sustainable transportation system.
The role includes interacting with campus and community transportation planning to assist with and synergize local and regional transportation issues, working with the CU Environmental Center's sustainable transportation program, mentoring CU students, and assisting faculty and staff in developing expertise and innovation related to transportation demand management.
Krizek came to the University of Colorado in 2007 as a professor of Planning and Design and was appointed director of the doctoral program in the College of Architecture and Planning.
"I hope to facilitate what CU has worked toward in motorized and non-motorized planning, and to further solidify the vision for CU and the community toward a sustainable transportation system," said Krizek.
He said technology will likely have a major role in the future of campus sustainability by enabling access to "intelligent resources" for both distance and classroom learning, for parking facilities and systems, and for overall growth and innovation.
Krizek said that it is important to recognize that CU has already taken ambitious steps to embrace sustainable transportation. With one of the most walkable and scenic campuses in the U.S., extensive bike trails with safety underpasses, and a well-used public transit system, Krizek emphasized that his work will be to capitalize on these assets as much as possible, and to elevate what is in place to the next level.
"I hope to help provide the CU Boulder community with a unifying theme by interacting with the campus and bridging the disparate transportation themes that are cropping up across it," said Krizek.
"Professor Krizek follows in the huge footsteps of Spense Havlick and Will Toor, who wrote the book on sustainable transportation and university campuses--and helped shaped CU's nationally respected sustainable transportation system," said Environmental Center director Dave Newport.
"With Professor Krizek's leadership, we can partner with campus and community transportation interests and make CU and Boulder an even more bike, bus, and pedestrian-friendly community, cut carbon emissions, and conserve fiscal resources. We are honored to have the support and expertise of such an esteemed member of the faculty," said Newport.
Krizek is also the outreach and education coordinator for Sustainability Initiatives on the Boulder campus, and he is co-director of Active Communities/Transportation Research Group which studies land use and transportation policy effects on residence and transportation choices. He holds a doctorate in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Krizek's blog, Vehicle for a small planet, discusses bicycle planning, active transportation, and active communities.