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Dr. Rebecca Sanders PhD

Research Lead

Toole Design Group


Rebecca Sanders, PhD, is the head of research for Toole Design Group, where she specializes in safety analysis, survey design and analysis, and infrastructure evaluation. She is known for her research on roadway user design preferences and perceived and actual safety and mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists, including a seminal investigation into perceived safety and near misses as barriers to bicycling. She is a recognized Vision Zero expert, having played a key role in helping cities such as Seattle, Denver, Portland, Eugene, and Boston to understand and address pedestrian, bicycle, and motorist safety. Rebecca is currently leading multiple systemic safety analysis projects in California, as well as the development of NCHRP guidance to improve pedestrian and bicyclist intersection safety. Prior to TDG, she worked for UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center for seven years, where she conducted a multi-year analysis of California crash data and developed performance measures for pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility for Caltrans. Rebecca serves on Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Bicycle Transportation Committee and co-chairs TRB’s Bicycle Research Subcommittee, and she is a member of ITE's Vision Zero Technical Working Group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Complete Streets Working Group.


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