Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)

The PBIC is directed by LEVER researcher Sandt (UNC) and provides a clearinghouse of information related to pedestrian and bicycle related topics, but more recently micromobility. Since its inception in 1999, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. As a national leader in pedestrian and bicycle research and resources, the PBIC develops and shares resources vital to advancing mobility, access, equity, and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is supported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and housed within the UNC Highway Safety Research Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

The Micromobility Lab

The micromobility lab at the University of Tennessee is a workspace to develop hardware, software, and analytic tools to conduct education and research activities on micromobility systems. The lab includes a fleet of Class 1 and Class 3 e-bikes, shared scooters, instrumentation and camera systems, and other hardware and software to support our research and education activities. The lab includes computing and data visualization capabilities to handle data streams that are being generated by micromobility systems.

Transportation Engineering and Science Program (UTK)

Degree Programs at LEVER universities

LEVER Institute faculty and staff teach courses across multiple departments and degree programs, offering Bachelors, Masters and PhD degree programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Exercise Science and Supply Chain Management, Public Health, and City and Regional Planning. We are educating the next generation of transportation professionals to think critically about the role of micromobility vehicles in the transportation system. This broadly includes understanding techniques and methods to assess micromobility impacts to sustainability, safety, and health while using and developing the data tools to understand how they fit within existing and future urban systems. Hundreds of students have taken courses or interacted with micromobility-oriented faculty at our institutions.

UNC Chapel Hill
Monash University

PSTAT: Promoting Sustainability Transportation Among Teens- US EPA P3 Program (Education Engagement Project)

EPA’s P3-people, Prosperity and the planet- Program is a unique competition that is open to teams of college/university students working to design solutions for sustainable future. The project intended students’ teams to design and construct an electrically assisted bicycle, commonly known as an e-bike, that would fulfill the criteria set for a competition of the e-bikes’ performance at the end of the project in UTK campus. Evaluation on environmental, human health and economic impact were conducted to quantitatively display the impact of various commuting choices, emphasizing the current transportation situation in the United States. The project displayed that a project does result in a measurable change in the students’ stated preferences and attitudes influencing students to reevaluate their transportation choices by simply exposing them to knowledge of lower impact modes of transportation.

A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet