CTS Research Partnership Award

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The benefits of effective research far surpass the corresponding investment and implementation. To develop, conduct, and implement research effectively, advanced skills and in-depth knowledge are required. The necessary knowledge and skills are not found in one individual, in one discipline, or even in one sector of our society. Rather, the most effective research comes about through partnerships and teamwork.

This award recognizes research projects within the CTS program that have resulted in significant impacts on transportation, and rewards teams of individuals who have drawn on the strengths of their diverse partnerships to achieve those results.


To be considered for this award, a group of individuals must have worked together on one or more research projects and implementation efforts that have the following qualities:

  • a research component led by University of Minnesota faculty or research staff
  • involvement of University of Minnesota students
  • significant findings
  • measured benefits as a result of implementing the research findings or adding to the bank of existing knowledge
  • documented costs in research and implementation

In addition, the nominated group of individuals must have:

  • represented multiple sectors (i.e., public, academic, private) of our society
  • acquired diverse skills and knowledge
  • demonstrated the synergistic effect of the partnership


The Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative: Methodologies for Nonmotorized Traffic Monitoring

Traffic volumes are a basic input for transportation planning and engineering. For estimating vehicular traffic, there are sophisticated, comprehensive monitoring systems. For monitoring nonmotorized traffic, however, comparable systems have not been established, and there is a lack of basic information for 
decision making.

This study aimed to develop general guidance and consistent methods for counting bicyclists and pedestrians in Minnesota. The research team created a set of tools and methods for short-duration manual counts of nonmotorized traffic, held training workshops, and organized a statewide counting effort involving 43 Minnesota municipalities. Based on the overall results of the study, the research team developed recommendations for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and the initiative is moving forward on a broader scale.

Project partners were:

  • Minnesota Department of Health: Amber Dallman, SHIP Communities
  • MnDOT: Lisa Austin, Jasna Hadzic, Tim Mitchell, Greta Alquist, Gina Mitteco, Melissa Barnes, Bruce Holdhusen, Dan Warzala, Gene Hicks, Carson Gorecki, Mark Flinner
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota: Greg Lindsey, Capstone and Practicum Students
  • Dakota County: Daniel Patterson
  • City of Minneapolis: Simon Blenski
  • Duluth – Metropolitan Interstate Council: James Gittemeier
  • Rochester – Olmsted County: Muhammad Khan
  • Hennepin County: Jason Pieper
  • Department of Natural Resources: Tim Kelly
  • Transit for Livable Communities: Joan Pasiuk
  • Three Rivers Park District: Thomas Mercier
  • SRF Consulting Group: Erik Minge
  • Toole Design: Tony Hull

Two other projects received special recognition this year:

  • Manufacturers' Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System: A Pilot Study in Southwest Minnesota
  • Effect of Signing and Striping on the Safety of a Two-Lane Roundabout

Past Winners

View a list of research projects that have previously received the Research Partnership Award.