Fall 2015 NITC dissertation fellowship awarded
The NITC program has selected a dissertation fellow for the fall 2015 round of dissertation funding.
Tara Goddard, a Portland State University Ph.D. candidate, will be awarded a $15,000 fellowship to support her doctoral dissertation research.
Goddard's dissertation explores drivers' behaviors toward bicyclists in roadway interactions.
Bicyclists in the United States are twelve times more likely than car occupants to be killed in a traffic crash with a car. Existing research into crash causation has focused on physical factors such as vehicle speed and intersection type, with little of it delving into psychological and cultural variables.
Goddard is researching drivers' attitudes toward bicyclists, by means of an online survey, in an effort to understand how those attidutes may predict behaviors. She hopes to reveal some of the underlying causes of bicycle and motor vehicle collisions.
Her research aims to advance community livability and safety goals.
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