Christopher Cherry

Associate Professor-Civil & Env. Engr.

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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About Me (CV HERE)

I am an associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. I am interested in a number of research areas, including transportation planning, economics, and sustainability. I recently received a CBET NSF CAREER award to study motorization and sustainability in China.

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  1. Transportation Needs of Rapidly Developing Countries

  2. Bicycle Transportation Planning and Safety

  3. Travel Behavior and Demand

  4. Transportation Economics

  5. Transportation and the Environment

  6. Multimodal Transportation Planning and Operations

  7. Transit Security


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, Berkeley, CA, Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering-Transportation. Minors in City and Regional Planning and Economics (Econometrics). Awarded May 2007.

Dissertation Topic: Electric Two-Wheelers in China:Analysis of Environmental, Safety, and Mobility Impacts

Chinese Version: 中国两轮电动车: 环境、安全与机动性影响分析 (excuse the modestly accurate translation)

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson, AZ, Masters of Science in Civil Engineering-Transportation. Awarded December 2003.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Tucson, AZ, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Awarded December 2000.


Recent publications (click Tab above to see full list)

  1. 1. Cherry, C., B. Donlon, et al. (2012) Illegal midblock pedestrian crossings in China: Gap acceptance, conflict, and crossing path analysis. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion (In press). 

  2. 2.Cherry, C., L. Bordley, et al.(2012) Commercial Motor Vehicle Wireless Roadside Inspection Pilot Test: Technical System Performance. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2281 pg 109-118.

  3. 3.Cherry, C., T. Hill, X. Jian (2012) Operational performance of countermeasures to reduce right-turn automobile and bike conflicts in China. Journal of Transportation Safety and Security 4 pg 277-294.

  4. 4.Ji, S.G., C. Cherry, et al. (2012) Electric Vehicle Emissions and Public Health Impacts in China. Environmental Science and Technology 46(4) pg 2018-2024.

  5. 5. Langford, B.C., C. Cherry (2012) Transitioning a Bus Transit Fleet to Hydrogen Fuel: A Case Study of Knoxville Area Transit. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 37(3). pg 2635-2643.

  6. 6. Gottesfeld, P., C. Cherry (2011) Lead Emissions from Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems in China and India. Energy Policy. 39 pg 4939-4946.

  7. 7.Cherry, C. (2010) Electric Two-wheelers in China: Progress, Promise and Potential. Access. 37. pg 17-24.

  8. 8. Cherry, C., H. Min (2010) Alternative Methods of Measuring Operating Speed of Electric and Traditional Bikes in China-Implications for Travel Demand Models. Journal of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies. 8. pg 1424-1436.

  9. 9. Cherry, C., J. Weinert, X.M. Yang (2009) Comparative Environmental Impacts of Electric Bikes in China. Transportation Research Part D. 14(5) pg 281-290.

Recent Press

  1. 1.Scientific American: Can E-bikes Displace Cars?

  2. 2.USNews: Chinese Electric Car Pollution More Harmful to Humans Than Gas Cars

  3. 3.Time: Why Electric Cars Are More Polluting than Gas Guzzlers — at Least in China

  4. 4.DailyMail: Proof electric cars DO cause more pollution than normal ones: Study shows impact is worse than petrol-powered vehicles

  5. 5.International Business Times: Electric Vehicles Pollute More than Gas-Powered, Study Says

  6. 6.NY Times: A Bay Area Experiment in Electric Bike Sharing

  7. 7.China Signpost: Electric Bikes are China’s Real Electric Vehicle Story

  8. 8.Knowledge@Warton: A Bumpy Road Ahead for China's Electric Bikes

  9. 9.Wall Street Journal: The Post-Global Warming World

  10. 10.FastCompany: The Top Five Transit Technologies For The Low-Carbon Economy

  11. 11.MSNBC Future of Technology: The era of ebikes is upon us.

  12. 12.CR80 News: University of Tennessee launches electric bike share program.

  13. 13.Knoxville Sentinel: University of Tennessee launches first-in-nation 'e-bike' program.

  14. 14.Istoé Indepedente (Brazil): Efeito colateral.

  15. 15.WBIR and WATE (Knoxville): Electric bike sharing at UT. and

  16. 16.NPR Science Friday (Spanish): Las baterías de plomo-ácido y la contaminación ambiental.

  17. 17.Conservation Magazine: Leaden Rays?

  18. 18.Outside Magazine: Plug and Play

  19. 19.WBIR: The Great Hang Up.

  20. 20.IEEE Spectrum Energywise: WSJ Calls China's Electric Bicycle Craze a Killer.

  21. 21.New York Times: An Electric Boost for Bicyclists

  22. 22. Wall Street Journal: E-Yikes! Electric Bikes Terrorize the Streets of China.

  23. 23. Las Vegas Review Journal: New program lets some public employees ride electric bikes.

  24. 24.Memphis Commercial Appeal: Pedal to the Motor