Calvin Thigpen

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Post Doctoral Scholars
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302
Instructional Professional
Post Doctoral Scholars
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

Calvin Thigpen conducts research in the realms of travel behavior, urban planning, and sustainable transportation, using advanced statistical techniques to answer his research questions. Currently, his work with Professor Trisalyn Nelson focuses on bicycling behavior and safety. With Nelson and other members of the SPARC research group, Thigpen is working on several research projects, notably a study of the impact of a rapid increase in bicycle infrastructure in Victoria, B.C. on residents' bicycle use, safety, and health as well as evaluations of bicycle infrastructure impacts in the local Phoenix area.

During his PhD at UC Davis, Thigpen's dissertation focused on understanding how previous bicycling experiences lead to changes in "motility" - the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and norms necessary for travel. He has also conducted studies on parking occupancy and behavior, transportation policymaking, and the influence of pavement roughness on bicyclist comfort.

Education

2017 - PhD in Transportation Technology and Policy, UC Davis

2014 - MS in Transportation Technology and Policy, UC Davis

2011 - BS in Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity, UC Davis

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Research Interests

Calvin Thigpen's research interests fall broadly within the field of travel behavior, with many of his studies focusing specifically on bicycling. Thigpen has conducted research into travel "motility" (the attitudes, norms, skills, and knowledge needed for travel), bicyclist route choice, bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and car parking availability and use.

Publications

My five most recent publications:

2017                Kevin Fang and Calvin Thigpen. Transportation policy at the ballot box. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2605-09

2017                Calvin Thigpen and Jamey Volker. Repurposing the Paving: The case of surplus residential parking in Davis, CA. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2017.06.020

2016                Dillon Fitch, Calvin Thigpen, and Susan Handy. Traffic stress and bicycling to elementary and junior high school: Evidence from Davis, California. Journal of Transport and Health 3 (4): 457-466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2016.01.007

2016                Dillon Fitch, Calvin Thigpen, and Susan Handy. Modeling Bicycling to Elementary and Junior High School Using Bike Rack Counts. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2587-09

2015                Calvin Thigpen, Hui Li, Susan Handy, and John Harvey. Modeling the Impact of Pavement Roughness on Bicycle Ride Quality. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2520: 67-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2520-09

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
PUP 494 Special Topics
GIS 494 Special Topics
PUP 598 Special Topics
GIS 598 Special Topics

Honors/Awards