News From STRIDE Parnters (Fall 2014)

Dr. Daniel Rodriguez to Take Part in Hosting Former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia at UNC Chapel Hill

Enrique Peñalosa Londoño, who served as Bogota's mayor from 1998 to 2001, has been invited by UNC Chapel Hill to give a public talk on "Cities, Equity and Quality of Life". Mr. Peñalosa Londoño belives that  "An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it’s where even the rich use public transportation" and that "A bikeway is a symbol that shows that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important as a citizen on a $30,000 car." The former mayor will be interacting with UNC and Duke University graduate students and with local leaders to discuss decision-making related to sustainable transportation topics. Mr. Peñalosa Londoño worked as a jounalist and consultant on urban and transportation policy. He is a politician who co-founded the Green Party of Colombia and a presidential candidate for the country's elections.

Under his leadership, the City of Bogotá went through an urban transformation with the creation of a mass transit project that revolutionized and doubled the use of public space for citizens. The city was awarded the National Colombian Architecture Prize, thanks to Nepalese’s park development program. The former mayor is well-known and has been featured in The New York Times, the Herald Tribune, PBS Television, BBC and many others and has advised cities throughout the world such as Cape Town, Denver, Berkeley, Seattle, Melbourne, and Sao Paulo. He has traveled with the World Bank and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy on missions to Mexico City, Panama City, Lima, New Delhi, Jakarta, Guangzhou and Hong Kong in China, Yogyakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia, and more recently New York City. Mr. Peñalosa Londoño's public talk is sponsored by the UNC’s Center for Sustainable Community Design at the Institute for the Environment, UNC’s Carolina Transportation Program, and the UNC-Duke Consortium for Latin American Studies.

Leslie Ross, formerly at UAB, is Vice-Chair of Safe Mobility for Older Persons Committee at TRB

Dr. Lesley Ross, who is the co-PI on the STRIDE funded project titled A Naturalistic Driving Study across the Lifespan, will once again serve as the vice-chair of the Safe Mobility for Older Persons Committiee TRB Committee. Dr. Ross is now an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University.

Two STRIDE-Funded Papers Led by Dr. Noreen McDonald of UNC Chapel Hill Published by Springer and Elsevier

Dr. Noreen McDonald from UNC Chapel Hill and her research team have published two papers related to their STRIDE funded project on Quantifying the Costs of School Transportation. The papers were publshed by Springer and Elsevier.  Click on the links below for more information.

Costs of school transportation: quantifying the fiscal impacts of encouraging walking and bicycling for school travel
Authors: Noreen C. McDonald, Ruth L. Steiner, W. Mathew Palmer, Allison N. Bullock, Virginia P. Sisiopiku, Benjamin F. Lytle

Assessing multimodal school travel safety in North Carolina
Noreen C. McDonald, Ann B. McGrane, Eric A. Rodgman, Ruth L. Steiner, W. Mathew Palmer, Benjamin F. Lytle

STRIDE Funded Pedestrian Safety Virtual Reality Prototype Featured in Local Media

Dr. David Schwebel, a pshychology professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is using a Virtual Reality prototype to teach children how to safely cross the street. The prototype, which was placed this summer at the YMCA Youth Center in Birmingham, Ala., has been featured on various local media sources in the Birmingham area. The STRIDE-funded project is titled Teaching School Children Pedestrian Safety: A Pragmatic Trial Using Virtual Reality.  Below are links to several of the news articles.

UAB phychologist develops simulator to help kids learn how to safely cross a street
(WNCN, Birmingham, Ala.)

Walk this way: UAB professor creates simulator for pedestrian safety (

UAB phychologist develops simulator to help kids learn how to safely cross a street (

UAB psychology prof develops virtual simulator to help kids learn to cross streets more safely (

Dr. David Schwebel of UAB Publishes Various Papers on Virtual Reality Prototype Study 

Papers related to Dr. David Schwebel and his team's work on the virtual reality prototype used to teach children to safely cross the street have been successfully published in various well-known and prestigious journals. Dr. Schwebel's research on this topic has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the STRIDE Center.

Schwebel, D. C., Barton, B. K., Shen, J., Wells, H. L., Bogar, H., Heath, G., & McCullough, D. (2014). Systematic review and meta-analysis of behavioral interventions to improve child pedestrian safety. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 826-845.

Schwebel, D. C., & McClure, L. A. (2014). Children’s pedestrian route selection: Efficacy of a video and internet training protocol. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 26, 171-179. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2014.07.005

Schwebel, D. C., & McClure, L. A. (2014). Training children in pedestrian safety: Distinguishing gains in knowledge from gains in safe behavior. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 35, 151-162. doi: 10.1007/s10935-014-0341-8

Schwebel, D. C., McClure, L. A., & Severson, J. (2014). Teaching children to cross streets safely: A randomized controlled trial. Health Psychology, 33, 628-638.

Schwebel, D. C., McClure, L. A., & Severson, J. (2014). Usability and feasibility of an internet-based virtual pedestrian environment to teach children to cross streets safely. Virtual Reality, 18, 5-11. doi: 10.1007/s10055-013-0238-5

Dr. Virginia P. Sisiopiku Serves as International Conference Organizing Chair
The Annual International Conference on Transportation will be held on June 8 to 11, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku of the University of Alabama at Birmingham is the chairwoman of the organizing committee. For more information on the conference, visit:

Various publications by Dr. Virigina Sisiopiku of UAB

McDonald, N., R. Steiner, M. Palmer, A. Bullock, V. Sisiopiku, B. Lytle. (2014). Costs of School Transportation: Quantifying the Fiscal Impacts of Encouraging Walking and Bicycling for School Travel. Transportation, DOI 10.1007/s11116-014-9569-7, Springer ©, Nov. 2014.

Sisiopiku, V.P., and Barbour, N. (2014). “Use of GIS Spatial Analysis to Identify Food Deserts in the State of Alabama”, Athens Journal of Health, Vol. 1, No. 2, June 2014, pp. 91-103.

A. Kondyli, V. Sisiopiku, and A. Barmpoutis (2014). “Comparative Analysis of Driving Maneuvers Using 3D Body Posture Data”, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Krakow, Poland, pp. 194-204.

Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku Named ITE Fellow
In September 2014, Dr. Virginia P. Sisiopiku was named a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), an honor bestowed on the top transportation engineering professionals in the country. She is the first ever female ITE member in the State of Alabama holding this special professional distinction. [read more]