Kevin Krizek
Environmental Studies • Environmental Design

Affiliated Departments

Environmental Design

Research Interests

Kevin's research focuses on transport and land use policies that promote sustainable and affordable urban travel and enhance urban livability.  He does this through scholarly articles and books, practice-based applications, and blogging at Vehicle for a Small Planet.


PhD, University of Washington


Kevin J. Krizek is Professor of Transport in the Programs of Environmental Design and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a 2013-14 fellow of the Leopold Leadership Program and was awarded a 2014 U.S.-Italy Fulbright Scholarship. Krizek also serves as the visiting professor of “Cycling in Changing Urban Regions” at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Professor Krizek co-heads the Active Communities / Transportation (ACT) Research Group–graduate students and researchers studying how land use-transportation policies influence household residential location decisions and travel behavior (including walking and cycling). He is appointed to the bicycle transportation committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, and is the Senior Transportation Fellow for the Environmental Center at CU.

Krizek was director of the PhD Program in Design and Planning in the College of Architecture and Planning from 2007-2012. He is founding co-editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use and chaired the inaugural World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (2011). From 2006-2012, he was chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Telecommunications and Travel (a division of the National Research Council). Prior to moving to Colorado, he was an Associate Professor at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Krizek has served as Principal Investigator or co-PI for over $3 million in research grants from a variety of funding agencies. Organizations that have sponsored his research include the US Federal Highway Administration, transportation centers, health insurance companies, obesity prevention centers, international/national departments of infrastructure/transport, and municipalities. He actively publishes in the areas of travel behavior, neighborhood accessibility, health and planning, and sustainable development. Krizek is the author or editor of three books, over fifty peer reviewed articles, and more than fifty other scholarly reports, articles or  book chapters. His work has appeared in journals spanning urban planning, transportation, engineering, environmental issues, public health, and planning theory. His doctoral research examining relationships between household travel and urban form won the Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in the Field of Planning from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in 2001.

Prior to joining academia Krizek worked for the American Planning Association, the Teton County (Wyoming) Planning Department; and at a transportation engineering consulting firm (Jackson, Wyoming). He has served as vice president of the board of the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance and as a member of Seattle’s bicycle advisory board.

A Note to Propspective Students

Kevin Krizek is not accepting graduate students at this time.