Who We Are
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and housed within the UNC Highway Safety Research Center in Chapel Hill, NC.
- Charlie Zegeer
- Director, PBIC
Associate Director for Engineering and Planning, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
- Associate director for engineering and planning at HSRC, Charlie Zegeer is a leader in pedestrian and bicycle safety research. He has served as director of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), a national clearinghouse for information on bicycle and pedestrian issues, for the past 12 years. His research areas include pedestrian and bicyclist safety, countermeasure effectiveness, highway safety programs, geometric design, traffic control devices, and traffic operations.
- Charlie's extensive background in pedestrian and bicycle safety translated easily into the leadership position at PBIC. The Center, funded primarily by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), offers resources for creating safe places for walking and bicycling as well as information on pedestrian- and bicycling-related safety, health, planning, engineering, policy, education, enforcement and accessibility issues. Charlie and his staff manage the operation of a national pedestrian and bicycle clearinghouse, compiling and updating a compendium of case studies to document best practices, as well as providing personal and online technical expertise. PBIC also advances the development of educational programs on bicycling and walking—from webinar training to postgraduate-level courses—and disseminates techniques and strategies for improving bicycle and pedestrian safety, such as the Walk Friendly Communities program. Coordination, planning and tracking activities help expand opportunities for information sharing and program communication.
- Charlie is also is the technical principal investigator on an FHWA project developing a pedestrian safety action plan. With a goal of reducing pedestrian-related traffic deaths and injuries across the country by focusing on a group of high-risk cities and states, the project analyzes pedestrian crashes on a macro level, conducts training and has produced a best practices guide and training modules for local jurisdictions. Over the past 6 years, more than 200 in-person courses have been conducted through the program.
- In addition to his pedestrian and bicycle safety work, Charlie has been active in conducting research related to roadway safety in general, including safety of horizontal curves and roadway and roadside design, and some of his research is reflected in the Highway Safety Manual and AASHTO Green Book. Charlie is also currently the principal investigator on a project called Highway Infrastructure and Operations Safety Research Needs, which involves developing a methodology and program for priority ranking and administering future roadway safety research in the U.S.
- Charlie earned a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in civil engineering with a traffic and transportation specialty from the University of Kentucky. Zegeer has served on the Pedestrians Committee of the Transportation Research Board for more than 30 years—he chaired the committee from 1982 to 1988 and was elected emeritus member in 2003. He also has served as chairperson of the Safety Section.
- Director, PBIC
- Laura Sandt
- Senior Research Associate
Associate Director, PBIC
- Laura Sandt has been with HSRC since 2004 and is active in a variety of research areas, including intervention analyses and studies focusing on teen drivers, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and large truck safety. Her primary focus area lies in conducting research and developing guidance related to pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility.
- Laura serves as associate director for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), a federal clearinghouse of pedestrian- and bicycle-related training materials and resources. She has been involved in the development of several Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guides aimed at various audiences, including the Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists, the guide How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, and a toolkit for community members, A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities. She has also led projects working directly with communities to improve pedestrian safety, including a project to distribute mini-grants and technical assistance to neighborhood groups. In a multi-year project funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Laura and several HSRC staff are collaborating with three North Carolina communities and a broad group of local and state partners to develop, implement and evaluate education- and enforcement-focused interventions aimed at improving pedestrian safety.
- In addition to research, Laura is passionate about education and increasing opportunities for universities across the world to offer multi-modal transportation curriculum to graduates and undergraduates. She has been involved in developing and teaching FHWA's University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and PBIC's Graduate-level Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Course. She is active with the Institute of Transportation Engineers Education Council Curriculum Subcommittee and helped organize the Transportation Research Board's Joint Subcommittee on Pedestrian and Bicycle University Education.
- Laura has a master's degree in regional planning, with a concentration in transportation and land use, from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. She is currently a doctoral student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, concentrating on injury prevention. She is a member of the Institute for Transportation Engineers Education Council Subcommittee on Curriculum; the American Public Health Association member; and the Transportation Research Board, where she also served as Pedestrians Committee member and chair of the Technology Subcommittee.
- Laura telecommutes from Alexandria, Va., where she lives with her husband, Chris, and two mutts. They enjoy bicycling, hiking, camping and exploring the world around them.
- Senior Research Associate
- Carl Sundstrom
- Engineering Research Associate
- Carl Sundstrom began working at HSRC in February 2008. In his role as engineering research associate, Carl contributes to general highway safety and pedestrian and bicycle-related projects. Carl serves as the program manager for the Walk Friendly Communities program and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-sponsored national bicycle and pedestrian clearinghouse, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC).
- Carl is also involved in teaching and training at both the professional and graduate school levels. He has led and supported research projects for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, FHWA, the National Highway Cooperative Research Program, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
- Carl is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering. Prior to joining HSRC, he worked at Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc. in Orlando, Fla. and Kittelson & Associates, Inc. in Portland, Ore. He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board Bicycle Transportation Committee.
- Dan Gelinne
- Project Coordinator
- Dan Gelinne joined HSRC in 2006, and currently serves as the program manager for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), where he performs research, web management, project oversight and technical support services. He also manages the Road Safety Academy, the training arm of HSRC.
- Dan managed the development of the Pedestrian Safety Strategic Plan for the Federal Highway Administration and led the effort to draft the "National Bicycling and Walking Study: 15-Year Status Report" to assess the state of walking and bicycling in the United States. Dan has helped coordinate and manage the Walk Friendly Communities program, and helps manage a national technical assistance program to provide assistance to communities in the area of pedestrian safety planning and design. Through the Road Safety Academy, he works to provide continuing education and training opportunities for a variety of professionals in the transportation field.
- Dan is a member of the Transportation Research Board Task Force on Road Safety Workforce Development and holds a bachelor's degree in geography and environmental science from UNC-Chapel Hill.
- James Gallagher
- Communications Manager
- James Gallagher joined HSRC as the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center's (PBIC) communications manager in February 2012. He is responsible for managing the marketing and communications needs of PBIC, including leading webinars, producing newsletters and press releases, and managing pedestrian and bicycle safety public service campaigns.
- James came to HSRC from American Support, a Chapel Hill-based contact center company, where he served as the company's communications manager, overseeing all internal and external communication efforts for the 550-person organization. Prior to that, James spent a decade working as a newspaper editor and journalist. Most recently he served as the health care and higher education reporter for the Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, N.C., where his worked was recognized by the N.C. Press Association for its contributions to the community. As a regular contributor to the Morris News Service and the Associated Press, his work has appeared in newspapers across the country.
- James has a master's degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree from Boston College.
- Kristen Langford
- Research Associate
- Kristen Langford joined HSRC in the summer of 2012. Her primary focus is on conducting and supporting research related to bicycle and pedestrian safety and mobility. Kristen has experience with detailed literature reviews and research syntheses for a variety of projects, including the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program, BIKESAFE, and the PBIC website. For a guide about the WFC program, Kristen developed content about the planning, engineering, smart growth policies, and evaluation practices of designated communities. She also has experience with data collection, organization, and analysis.
- Before moving to North Carolina for graduate school, Kristen completed two planning internships with a focus on active transportation and comprehensive planning. At the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), she conducted research for the implementation of the Regional Bicycle Plan and coordinated an environmental justice grant program. For the City of La Mesa, California, Kristen researched and wrote sections of the land use, sustainability, and health elements of the city’s General Plan update.
- Kristen has a master’s degree in city and regional planning, with a concentration in transportation, from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. from UC San Diego, where she completed a double major in urban studies and planning and sociology. She is a member of the American Planning Association and a co-chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Joint Subcommittee on Pedestrian and Bicycle University Education.
Our Partner Organizations
- National Review Group
- The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is grateful to have the support of a National Review Group—comprised of 20 transportation, safety, health, and advocacy leaders—to provide input on PBIC's goals and objectives as well as identify strategic partnership opportunities. Members of the 2012-2013 National Review Group include:
- Melissa Anderson
US Access Board
- Paula Bawer
Program Analyst, Bicycle Safety and Safe Routes to School
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Andy Clarke
League of American Bicyclists
- Ann Do
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Research Program Manager
Federal Highway Administration, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Research Program
- Ed Fendley
Office of Sustainable Communities
EPA Smart Growth Program
- Kit Keller
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Cedar Rapids, WI
- Holly Krambeck
Carbon Finance Specialist
- Matthew Lesh
Transportation Program Specialist, Office of Mobility Innovation
Federal Transit Administration
- Mark Plotz
Senior Associate / Program Manager
National Center for Bicycling and Walking
- Eloisa Raynault
Transportation, Health, and Equity Program Manager
American Public Health Association
- Tamara Redmon
Pedestrian/Bike Safety Team Leader
Federal Highway Administration, Office of Safety
- Jeff Riegner
Chair, Pedestrian and Bicycle Council
Institute of Transportation Engineers
- Anna Ricklin
Manager of Planning and Community Health Research
American Planning Association
- Sharon Roerty
Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Kristin Rosenthal
Director, National Operations and Walk This Way program
- Doug Shinkle
Policy Research, Environment, Energy, and Transportation Group
National Center for State Legislators
- Gary Toth
Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives
Project for Public Spaces
New York City, NY
- Shawn Turner
Texas Transportation Institute
College Station, TX
- Leah Walton
Program Analyst, Pedestrian Safety and Pupil Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Arthur Wendel
Team Lead, Healthy Community Design Initiative
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health
- Previous and Current Sponsors and Partners
• Federal Highway Administration
• National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
• Federal Transit Administration
• Federal Railroad Administration
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Environmental Protection Agency
• State and local departments of transportation
• Metropolitan planning organizations
• Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
• Safe Kids
• Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
• Institute of Transportation Engineers
- • Federal Highway Administration