Schneider, Robert

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Arch & Urban Planning 334


Robert Schneider is an Professor with practical and research experience in the sustainable transportation field. He teaches Planning Policy Analysis, Applied Projects in Urban GIS, and Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation. He contributes to international, national, and local research projects on safety, travel behavior, demand analysis, and data collection for active transportation modes. His dissertation explored how people choose between pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and automobile modes for routine travel.

Robert has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation, and he has 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. Robert’s research projects have summarized US pedestrian fatality trends over four decades, produced National Cooperative Highway Research Program reports on pedestrian and bicycle counting methods and project prioritization, created Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports on statewide pedestrian and bicycle crash trends and characteristics and driver yielding behavior, developed statistical models to predict how neighborhood residents commute to work, and offered insights about overcoming barriers to bicycling in communities of color based on the results of a bicycle education and group riding program in Milwaukee.

Between 2001 and 2007, Robert worked for Toole Design Group, LLC, assisting with pedestrian and bicycle planning projects in communities such as Washington, DC, Rockville, MD, Alexandria, VA, Greensboro, NC, and Seattle, WA. His research in the sustainable transportation field builds on this practical experience. Robert served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Pedestrians from 2014 to 2020, providing national and international leadership to bridge the academic and professional community.

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University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning, 2011
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Regional Planning, 2001
Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, Bachelor of Arts, 1999

Research Focus

Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning, Design, and Safety
Travel Behavior and the Built Environment
Sustainable Transportation Policy
Transportation Standards and Analysis Methods
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods


URBPLAN 772 – Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation
URBPLAN 793 – Applied Projects in Urban Geographic Information Systems
URBPLAN 810 – Planning Policy Analysis

Selected Work

UW-Milwaukee Campus Transportation Survey, 2020 (for UW-Milwaukee Office of Sustainability)

Pedestrian Exposure Data for the Wisconsin State Highway System: WisDOT Southeast Region Pilot Study, 2019-2021 (for Wisconsin Department of Transportation)

Safe & Healthy Streets: Enhancing Systems to Increase Walking & Biking Infrastructure in Milwaukee, 2018-2021 (for Wisconsin Bicycle Federation and Medical College of Wisconsin)

Gender Analysis and Global Learning for Safe and Healthy Streets: Implementing a Complete Streets Policy in Milwaukee, WI, 2019-2020 (for UW-Madison Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture and UW-Madison Global Health Institute)

City of Milwaukee Pedestrian Master Plan, 2017-2018 (for Toole Design Group and Milwaukee Department of Public Works)

UW-Milwaukee Campus Transportation Survey, 2017 (for UW-Milwaukee Office of Sustainability)

High-Visibility Enforcement Evaluation, 2016 (for Wisconsin Department of Transportation through UW-Madison Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory)

Systemic Pedestrian Safety Analyses, 2016 (for National Cooperative Highway Research Program through UNC Highway Safety Research Center)

Models to Estimate Pedestrian and Bicycle Commuting at the Neighborhood Level, 2016 (for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Research and Creative Activities Support Grant)

Biking for Health: Testing the Benefits of a Bicycle Intervention in a Low-Income Community, 2015 (for Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin through Medical College of Wisconsin)

Wisconsin Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis, 2015 (for Wisconsin Department of Transportation)

Methods and Technologies for Collecting Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data, 2014 (for National Cooperative Highway Research Program through Kittelson Associates, Inc.)

Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Along Existing Roads, 2014 (for National Cooperative Highway Research Program through Toole Design Group, LLC)

California Smart Growth Trip Generation Rates Study, 2013 (for the California Department of Transportation through UC Davis)

Improving the Representation of the Pedestrian Environment in Travel Demand Models, 2013 (for Portland Metro and Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium through Portland State University)

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Strategies for UC Berkeley Campus and Periphery: Recommendations for Implementation, 2012 (for University of California Berkeley through UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research & Education Center)

Pedestrian and Bicycle Data Collection in United States Communities: Quantifying Use, Surveying Users, and Documenting Facility Extent, 2005 (for Federal Highway Administration through Toole Design Group, LLC)