Chester Harvey

Spatial Data & Behavioral Science in Transportation & Environmental Design

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of City & Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, where my dissertation uses spatial data science, econometrics, and mixed-methods field research to examine how microscale urban design influences pedestrian accessibility, psychology, and behavior. My work bridges transportation and urban design, encouraging researchers and practitioners in these highly related but too-often-separated corners of planning to collaborate in making walking and other energy-efficient transportation not only practical but preferable to more resource-intensive modes like driving.

Recent Research

At the 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research, I presented a working paper on an experimental measure called "building distance," which I have been examining as a high-level proxy for human-scale streetscapes. The measure trades low precision for the ability to collect it efficiently from readily available data sources across thousands of square miles of urbanized areas, enabling comparisons in streetscape-scale form between cities and across urban regions.

Download and demo the code on GitHub.


Introduction to Urban Data Analytics

I gave a video guest lecture on accessibility, one of my favorite transportation concepts.

Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I moved this course fully online and recorded bite-sized lecture videos to reduce Zoom fatigue and reserve class time for discussion. Lectures for the entire course are available on YouTube.


Harvey, C., Fang, K., & Rodriguez, D. A. (2019). Evaluating Alternative Measures of Bicycling Level of Traffic Stress Using Crowdsourced Route Satisfaction Data. Mineta Transportation Institute. Report 19-20.

Ruggeri, D., Harvey, C., & Bosselmann, P. (2018). Perceiving the Livable City: Cross-Cultural Lessons on Virtual and Field Experiences of Urban Environments. Journal of the American Planning Association, 84(3–4), 250–262.

Aultman-Hall, L., Harvey, C., Sullivan, J., & LaMondia, J. J. (2018) The Implications of Long-Distance Tour Attributes for National Travel Data Collection in the United States. Transportation, 45(3), 875-903.

Dowds, J. Harvey, C., LaMondia, J. J., Howerter, S., Ullman, H., & Aultman-Hall, L. (2018). Advancing Understanding of Long-Distance and Intercity Travel with Diverse Data Sources. National Center for Sustainable Transportation.

Harvey, C., & Rodriguez, D. A. (2017). What makes an active public realm? Opportunities and challenges for research. Preventive Medicine. 103, S5-S6.

Harvey, C., Aultman-Hall, L. (2016). Urban Streetscape Design and Crash Severity. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2500), 1-8.

Harvey, C., Aultman-Hall, L., Troy, A., Hurley, S. E. (2016). Streetscape Skeleton Measurement and Classification. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 44(4), 668-692.

Sullivan, J., LaMondia, J., Harvey, C., Garrison, C., Aultman-Hall, L. (2016). Analysis of the Long Distance and Overnight Travel Tour-Planning Process. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2594), 1-10.

Harvey, C., Aultman-Hall, L., Hurley, S. E., Troy, A. (2015). Effects of Skeletal Streetscape Design on Perceived Safety. Landscape and Urban Planning, 142, 18-28.

Harvey, C., Aultman-Hall, L. (2015). Measuring Urban Streetscapes for Livability: A Review of Approaches. The Professional Geographer, 68(1), 149-158.

Aultman-Hall, L., Harvey, C., LaMondia, J. J. (2015). Design and Response Quality in a One-Year Longitudinal Survey of Overnight and Long-distance Travel. Transportation Research Procedia, 11, 136-153.

Harvey, C., Aultman-Hall, L., LaMondia, J. J., Sullivan, J., Greene, E., & Ritter, C. (2015). Conducting a Longitudinal Survey of Overnight Travel: Methods and Preliminary Findings. University of Vermont Transportation Research Center.

Jaskot, P. B., Knowles, A. K., Harvey, C., with Blackshear, B. P. (2014). Visualizing the Archive: Building at Auschwitz as a Geographic Problem. In A. K. Knowles, T. Cole, A. Giordano (Eds.), Geographies of the Holocaust (pp. 159-91). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Knowles, A. K., Jaskot, P. B., Harvey, C. (2013). Visualizing Auschwitz: 'Placing History' with GIS Technology. In L. Groat, D. Wang (Eds.), Architectural Research Methods (2nd ed., pp. 207-9). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.