CSCRS selects 10 new transportation safety research projects

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (September XX, 2019) — The Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety selected 10 new research projects to explore a range of transportation safety topics including urban freight, pedestrian/bicyclist injury data, shaping public discourse around road safety and integrating the features of a safe roadway system.

Each project contributes to realizing the CSCRS mission to create and exchange knowledge to advance transportation safety through a multidisciplinary, systems-based approach, and will be conducted by researchers across the Center’s five consortium campuses (University of California, Berkeley; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Duke University; Florida Atlantic University; and University of Tennessee, Knoxville).

“These new projects dig deeper into exploration of the connections Safe Systems and systems science can make to improving road safety,” said Laura Sandt, director of the Center. “Building on earlier CSCRS research, as well as momentum built by our Safe Systems Summit this year and many other CSCRS engagement activities, these projects further the work we’re doing to build a more holistic approach to reducing injuries and deaths on our roads.”

This is the third slate of research projects selected by the Center since UNC-Chapel Hill received the U.S. Department of Transportation National University Transportation Center grant in November 2016, bringing the total number of CSCRS funded research projects to 31. The new research projects, selected through a rigorous peer-review process, represent approximately $900,000 in funding.

The 10 new CSCRS research projects include:

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CSCRS is a National University Transportation Center supporting the FAST Act research priority of promoting safety; it is one of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s five National UTCs announced December 2016. CSCRS accelerates progress in reducing transport injuries and fatalities by utilizing a systems approach to bring perspectives from planning, engineering, public health, data science and robotics to the road safety field.

CSCRS contact: Jennifer Palcher-Silliman, 919-843-4859,