Urban planners in Virginia are trying to make bicycling safer, but they’re hampered by a lack of statistics about who’s riding where.
Alec Gosse rides his bike to work at a Charlottesville company that analyzes data, and this year he was working on a PhD in environmental engineering. Those interests led him to try and solve a problem daunting city planners.
“There was no data for how many bikes were using various roads in the city. It just didn’t exist.”
Without that information, they didn’t know where to make road improvements for cyclists.
It’s not unusual for top college professors to win awards – Nobel prizes and Pulitzers – but one member of the University of Virginia faculty was recently honored in a surprising way. Little known in this country, he was knighted by a foreign government.