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Dr. Krista Nordback

Senior Research Associate

University of North Carolina Highway Safety Resear


Krista Nordback is a senior research associate, with nine years of experience in bicycle and pedestrian safety. She earned her doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Denver, masters from University of Minnesota, and bachelor’s from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her doctoral dissertation developed a new method for estimating bicycle traffic and provided one of the first safety performance functions for bicyclists at signalized intersections in the U.S. She researched non-motorized traffic counting technologies and programs for Colorado, Washington, and Oregon State DOTs and led a team that created a national bicycle and pedestrian count archive. She is principal investigator for NCHRP 15-63, Guidance to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at Intersections, and serves on TRB’s Bicycle Transportation Committee, Co-Chairing the Bicycle Research Subcommittee.


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