Sustainable Transport Safety Research Laboratory

The University of British Columbia, Kelowna, British Columbia
What the facility does

Research & Development of models / expert systems for on / off-road safety prediction of planned / existing communities

Areas of expertise

While there is a global awareness that more sustainable community development patterns are imperative, there is no science-based, empirical agreement on the impacts and benefits of those patterns. As such, Dr. Lovegrove’s sustainable communities research seeks to develop reliable, predictive, empirical tools that will quantify those evaluations for community planners, engineers, and decision-makers. Dr. Lovegrove is seeking commercial partners as early adopters of his modeling technology, including his ongoing work to develop an expert system in his STS Research Lab that will accelerate and automatic the development and application of his models by practitioners world wide. His research has resulted in a novel neighborhood road pattern design – the 3-way Offset aka Fused Grid - that suggests that over 60% of common road collisions in neighborhoods can be eliminated. He also wishes to use his models to show the progressive improvement in road safety as more and more drivers get out of cars and onto bicycles, buses, and sidewalks.

Research services
  • Sustainable community land use and transportation planning
  • Transport safety evaluations
  • Regression modeling
  • Black spot analyses
  • Collision prediction modeling and applications
Sectors of application
  • Clean technology
  • Policy and governance
  • Transportation
Equipment Function
Computer Workstations (8)  

Transportation Planning software


GIS software


Regression software


Expert system software


Database management software


Traffic Engineering software


Programming software


Color 44” wide Plotter

Wide format scanner For digitizing print media data
Full tele-video conference facilities  
SMART Board document camera For digitizing collaborative discussions
Instrumented electric assist probe bicycle For on/off road logging of GPS, inertial, video data