New Health-Oriented Transportation (HOT) Topic Seminar Series launches

A bicyclist in the bike lane with cars passing.

Planning cities to encourage active transportation such as bicycling has benefits for human health and the environment. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)

Chris McCahill, Ph.D., deputy director of the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) presents the inaugural Health-Oriented Transportation (HOT) Topic seminar from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., February 24, in Room 1010 of the Medical Sciences Center. This new series invites experts on transportation to speak about their work and its implications for health.

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Chris McCahill

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McCahill will discuss “Opportunities for Health in Modern Transportation Policy.” He is a national expert on the use of data analytics in transportation and land use policy decisions, and he leads many of SSTI’s technical assistance and research projects. He has written and co-authored numerous studies on urban transportation policy. SSTI promotes transportation practices that advance environmental sustainability and equitable economic development.

Health-Oriented Transportation is is a project of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, designed to foster active, healthy transportation in Wisconsin and across the world. The HOT Topic Seminar Series showcases university and community members who work at the intersection of transportation and health.

The series also includes:

  • March 16: Robert Schneider, associate professor of Urban Planning, UW-Milwaukee, presents “How to Increase Walking and Bicycling: Mode Shift Theory and Supporting Studies”

    Robert Schneider

Schneider has practical and research experience in the sustainable transportation field. He teaches a pedestrian and bicycle transportation and a bus rapid transit (BRT) course and contributes to national and local research projects on data collection, safety, facility evaluation, and demand analysis for active transportation modes. His dissertation explored how people choose between pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and automobile modes for routine travel.

Schneider has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation, and he won paper awards from the Transportation Research Board Pedestrian Committee in 2001 and 2012 and the World Society of Transport and Land Use in 2014. His  recent research projects have produced National Cooperative Highway Research Program reports on pedestrian and bicycle counting and project prioritization, a Wisconsin Department of Transportation report summarizing statewide pedestrian and bicycle crash trends and characteristics, statistical models to predict how neighborhood residents commute to work, and insights about overcoming barriers to bicycling in communities of color based on the results of a bicycle education and group riding program in Milwaukee.

  • April 20: David Noyce, professor and executive associate dean, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, presents “Safety Impacts of Implementing Complete Streets”
  • May 11: Eric Sundquist, director, State Smart Transportation Initiative

Coffee and cookies will be provided.