Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Peter Furth is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, with expertise in transit planning, traffic signal control, urban street design, and bicycle transportation. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD at MIT. He spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Delft (Netherlands) University of Technology, and returns there each summer to teach a class in Sustainable Urban Transportation, introducing American students to Dutch bikeway design, transportation planning, and systematic traffic safety. He has authored more than 70 publications in transportation engineering, including two with “best paper” awards from the Transportation Research Board. He was a contributing author to NACTO’s Urban Bikeway Design Guide and to the book City Cycling. He is the inventor of the Bicycle Priority Lane marking used in Massachusetts and Minnesota, and developed the Level of Traffic Stress method for bicycle network analysis that is being applied in cities across the U.S.
Below you can see Peter speak as a Boston TEDx participant on “Creating Successful Bicycle Transportation Networks in Boston” and his narration of his ideas on “Systematic Safety: The Principles Behind Vision Zero”: