Lindsay M. Braun

Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M208 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 Taft Drive
Champaign IL 61820

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Lindsay Braun’s research addresses the relationship between the built environment and travel behavior with emphases on active transportation (walking and cycling), public health, and social equity. She is interested in the potential for the built environment to facilitate physical activity as part of daily travel routines, and for active transportation strategies to advance broad livability and sustainability goals in urban areas. Importantly, her work recognizes that transportation infrastructure systems—along with the accessibility and health benefits that they can provide—are unevenly distributed across neighborhoods of varying demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

To explore the implications of this distribution for social justice, Dr. Braun analyzes themes of equity and power in access to walking and cycling in U.S. cities. Specifically, her current research examines pedestrian access to transit; sociodemographic disparities in infrastructure- and safety-related barriers to walking; equity considerations in the planning, implementation, and use of dockless bike share systems; the potential impacts of green infrastructure investment on gentrification and health disparities; the incorporation of equity goals and objectives into active transportation plans; and the equity implications of a growing reliance on crowdsourced data to drive transportation planning decisions.

Dr. Braun received her PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Development Studies from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Prior to earning her PhD, Dr. Braun was a transportation planning consultant in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she partnered with local, state, and federal agencies to evaluate the community impacts of transportation investments and to develop practitioner tools and resources for community health and livability. She continues to translate her research into practice by partnering with planning and public health practitioners, with recent projects including a literature review on the diverse co-benefits of active transportation interventions and an evaluation of the Cincinnati Red Bike bicycle sharing program.

Ongoing Research Projects

Ongoing and Upcoming Research Projects

  • Construction of Pedestrian Infrastructure Along Transit Corridors
  • Longitudinal Analysis of Cycling and Bike Share in the Champaign-Urbana Community
  • Equity in the Use of Crowdsourced Data for Urban Planning Decisions
  • Barriers to Walking among Current Pedestrians: Demographic and Socioeconomic Disparities
  • Green Infrastructure Investment, Gentrification, and Health Disparities
  • Analysis of Social Equity Considerations in Active Transportation Plans
  • Cycling among Women: Predicting “Bikeability”

Selected Publications

Braun, L.M., Rodriguez, D.A., Song, Y.A., Meyer, K.A., Lewis, C.E., Reis, J.P., & Gordon-Larsen, P. (2016). Changes in walking, body mass index, and cardiometabolic risk factors following residential relocation: Longitudinal results from the CARDIA study. Journal of Transport & Health 3, 426–439 (Special Issue on the Built Environment and Health).

Braun, L.M., Rodriguez, D.A., Cole-Hunter, T., Ambros, A., Donaire-Gonzalez, D., Jerrett, M., Mendez, M., Nieuwenhuijsen, M., & de Nazelle, A. (2016). Short-term planning and policy interventions to promote cycling in urban centers: Findings from a commute mode choice analysis in Barcelona, Spain. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 89, 164–183.

Braun, L.M., Rodriguez, D.A., Evenson, K.R., Hirsch, J.A., Moore, K.A., & Diez Roux, A.V. (2016). Walkability and cardiometabolic risk factors: Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Health & Place 39, 9–17.

Braun, L.M., & Malizia, E. (2015). Downtown vibrancy influences public health and safety outcomes in urban counties. Journal of Transport & Health 2(4), 540–548.

Cole-Hunter, T., Donaire-Gonzalez, D., Curto, A., Ambros, A., Valentin, A. Garcia-Aymerich, J., Martinez, D., Braun, L.M., Mendez, M., Jerrett, M., Rodriguez, D., de Nazelle, A., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. (2015). Objective correlates and determinants of bicycle commuting propensity in an urban environment. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 40, 132–143.

Maurer, L.K., Mansfield, T.J., Lane, L.B., & Hunkins, J.A. (2013). A blueprint for sustainability: One department of transportation’s pursuit of performance-based accountability. Transportation Research Record 2357, 13–23.

Teaching and Advising

Courses Taught

  • Urban Transportation Planning
  • UP494-LB*: Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning
  • UP494-LB*: Public Transportation Planning

* Permanent course number to be assigned

MUP Capstone Advising

  • Ryan Graves
  • Citra Ayu
  • Parag Gupta
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