Speaker Details

Ms. Sarah O'Brien

Senior Research Associate

UNC Highway Safety Research Center


Sarah O’Brien recently joined the University of North Carolina (UNC) Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC). She has over ten years of experience in non-motorized planning, education, policy, design, and research. Her primary focus is conducting research and providing technical assistance to practitioners to improve walking and bicycling within communities. Within North Carolina, Sarah began her career developing and administering NCDOT’s Planning Grant Initiative. She also served two stints as the state’s acting SRTS coordinator. More recently, she launched and led NCDOT’s Non-Motorized Volume Data Program for five years. Nationally, Sarah is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Bicycle Transportation Committee (ANF20) and Traffic Monitoring Committee (ABJ35), and she chairs the Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Subcommittee (ABJ35(3)). She is also a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP). Sarah currently serves as a panel member for NCHRP 17-84 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Performance Functions for the Highway Safety Manual.


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