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Bicycling industry, events have economic impact in Minnesota

bicycling1The bicycling industry in Minnesota—including manufacturing, wholesaling, retail sales, and non-profits and advocacy groups—produced an estimated total of $780 million of economic activity in 2014. This includes 5,519 jobs and $209 million in annual labor income (wages, salaries, and benefits) paid to Minnesota workers.

These findings are an important component of a multifaceted report from U of M researchers. Their research, funded by MnDOT, provides a comprehensive understanding of the economic impact and health effects of bicycling in Minnesota.

Posted in Bicycling, Economics, Transportation research

Videos trace progress in traffic operations, pavement design

Photo of Traffic management systemLast month, CTS debuted two videos about the many contributions U of M researchers have made—and are still making—in traffic operations and pavement design.

The videos are one of the ways CTS is marking 30 years of transportation innovation. Our goal is to show how research progresses over time—from curiosity to discovery to innovation. The videos also show how U of M research meets the practical needs of Minnesotans in the Twin Cities metro and throughout the state.

Posted in 30th anniversary, Infrastructure, Pavements, Traffic data, Traffic operations, Transportation research

Share your work at the 2017 CTS Research Conference

If you have completed or participated in an innovative research, implementation, or engagement activity, please consider sharing your work at our 2017 Research Conference. The event is scheduled for November 2, 2017, at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis.

Potential presenters may submit a brief abstract for either a lectern presentation or a poster to be shared at the conference. The submission deadline is April 24, 2017.

Posted in Events, Transportation research

Building partnerships with tribal communities to improve safety

tribal1The motor vehicle crash fatality rate is higher for American Indians than for any other ethnic or racial group in the United States. Although the number of fatal crashes decreased in the nation as a whole by about 21 percent from 1975–2013, it increased by about 35 percent on American Indian reservation roads.

“These are huge disparities,” says Associate Professor Kathryn Quick. “Clearly, this is an issue that needs to be explored.”

In a project sponsored by the Roadway Safety Institute, Quick and Research Associate Guillermo Narváez, both with the U of M’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, are collaborating with American Indian communities to better understand the transportation safety risks on tribal lands and develop strategies to mitigate these risks.

Posted in Pedestrian, Rural transportation, Safety, Transportation research

Travel awards help students share research, build connections

Travel background airCTS and the Roadway Safety Institute provided 21 U of M graduate students with travel awards to attend the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in January. The travel awards allow students interested in transportation to learn about the latest transportation research and network with professionals.

Some of the students also shared their research in poster and lectern presentations. This year’s student presenters included 2017 CTS student award winners Jingru Gao, Mengying Cui, and Jueyu Wang.

Posted in Education, Transportation research

Bicycle commuting improves public health, reduces medical costs

shutterstock_408774553According to the results of a new study, bicycle commuting in the Twin Cities metropolitan area reduces chronic illness and preventable deaths, saving millions of dollars annually in medical costs.

The findings are one component of a multifaceted project funded by MnDOT. In the final report, researchers in several U of M departments provide a comprehensive understanding of the economic impact and health effects of bicycling in Minnesota.

Posted in Bicycling, Transportation research

How can the transportation community help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Car emissions photoMinnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act, legislation put in place in 2007, set goals for energy conservation, renewable energy use, and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. This includes reducing GHG pollution from 2005 levels by 30 percent and 80 percent by 2025 and 2050, respectively.

In February, CTS convened all five of our research, education, and engagement councils for a joint meeting focused on how the transportation community can help reduce GHG emissions. The meeting was held in conjunction with our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on February 15.

Posted in Environment, Events, Transportation research
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