Building 2, Room 314
665 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617.432.7076


Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health, NIH Ruth L. Kirshstein F32 Training Grant, 9/2006 – 8/2010

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 5/2002 – 12/2002

Ph.D. Architecture – Environment and Behavior/Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 2002

M.Sc. Architecture, University of Michigan, 2000

M.A.T. Aesthetics in Housing and Historic Preservation, University of Vermont, 1975

Diplome Fashion Design, Les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Paris, 1971


Dr. Lusk’s research has focused on comfortable and safe environments that will motivate women, children, seniors, parents with children on their bicycles, and individuals of color, with lower incomes, and from the world to bicycle.  She has over 38 years of experience designing, permitting, and funding bicycle facilities and delivering keynotes, consulting, and conducting research on bicycle facilities.

Dr. Lusk’s Ph.D. in Architecture included Environment and Behavior (how people perceive and use space) and Urban Planning (how environments can be built based on policy). Bicycle research involves the associations between policy >environment –> bicycling behavior -> health outcomes -> costs.  Her expertise is bicycle environments and she partners with individuals in public health and related fields to explore the associations between bicycle environments and policy, behavior, costs and health as related to weight control, mobile source air pollution exposure, injury, crashes, crime, motivation, environmental preferences, car and bike parking, electric vehicle recharging, Alzheimer’s disease, sustainability, equity, Climate Change, trees, and joy.


  • Asgarzadeh, M, Koga, T, Hirate, K, Farvid, M, Lusk, A. (2014) “Investigating oppressiveness and spaciousness in relation to building, trees, sky and ground surface: A study in Tokyo.” Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol 131 Nov: 36-41.
  • Lusk, A, Morency, P, Miranda-Moreno, L, Willett, W, Dennerlein, J. (August 15, 2013) “Lusk et al. respond to ‘Cycle Track Safety Remains Unproven’.” American Journal of Public Health Letters.
  • Open review for Reynolds, C, Harris, M, Teschke, K, Cripton, P, Winters, M. (2009) “The impact of transportation infrastructure on bicycling injuries and crashes: A review of the literature” Environmental Health 8:47 October.
  • Lusk, A. (2004) “A Healthy Society Begins with Smart Design.”  Structures: A Supplement to Banker & Tradesman and The Commercial Record. (November) 6, 17.
  • Lusk, A. (2003) “BladeNight in Europe: A Weekly Event.” Progressive Planning: The Magazine of Planners Network. 157 (Fall): 34-35.
  • Lusk, A. (1998). Review of The Urban Oasis, by Roxanne Warren. Journal of the American Planning Association. 64 (Summer) (3): 369-370.
  • Lusk, A. (1993-1994) “The GreenWAYing of America.”  Bicycle Reference Book. Bicycle Institute of America: 11-13.
  • Lusk, A. (1993) Case Study No. 6: Analysis of Successful Grassroots Movements Relating to Pedestrians  and Bicycles and A Guide on How to Initiate a Successful Program. National Bicycling and Walking Study. U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration. FHWA-OD-93-024
  • Lusk, A., D. Dustin. (1992) “Greenways for All Seasons.” Winter Cities. Alberta, Canada
  • Lusk, A. (1990) “Creating Excellence.”  Vermont’s Journal for People in Growing Businesses.  (February/March).
  • Lusk, A. (1989). “Greenway in Vermont.”  Parks and Recreation Magazine. (January): 70-75.
  • Lusk, A. (1986) “How to Build a Path in Your Community.” Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.


2013         Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals – Lifetime Achievement Award.  For her 32 year career, she is recognized for drawing attention to design changes that allow women, seniors, and children to feel more comfortable bicycling.

2011       Congress for New Urbanism-New England – Lifetime Achievement Award recognized for
transforming the way bicycle networks are designed and implemented

2008-11 Board of Directors – USA

2008-11  Walk and Bike for Life International Advisory Board – Canada

2009       Sponsored and invited by Bikes Belong (bicycle manufacturers) to attend a Research Forum
in Boulder, Colorado of 10 academics who conduct research on bicycle facilities

2008      “Great Place to Work” Award – helping colleagues succeed, Harvard School of Public Health

2008      “Great Place to Work” Recognition Award – enhancing office spaces in the Nutrition
Department, Harvard School of Public Health

2007      “Great Place to Work” Recognition Award – helping organize school-wide lunch walks, Harvard
School of Public Health

2006      “Harvard Vision 2020: A Bridge to Campus Sustainability” – Poster Award for “Physical Activity
Design (PAD)” rating system for green designs, Harvard University

2002       Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Achievement Award in Recognition of
Outstanding Contributions to the Ph.D. Program, University of Michigan

2001       Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Scholarship for Merit, U. of Michigan

2001       Martin L. King Service and Leadership Award, University of Michigan

2000       Real Estate Forum Writing Competition Award, University of Michigan

1998-9    University of Michigan Great Lakes Center for Truck and Transit Research Grant University of

1997-8    Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship, University of Michigan

1992-6    Appointment by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Card to serve on the National Recreational
Trails Advisory Committee

1992       National Recreation and Park Association “National Voluntary Service” Award, Washington,

1992       Department of Interior “Enjoy Outdoors America” Award, Washington, D.C.

1989       National “Take Pride in America” Finalist Award for promoting greenways nationwide,
Washington, D.C.

1989       119th Point of Light with the Town of Stowe, Vermont for creation of the Stowe Recreation