Vishal is a graduate research assistant at the NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center (BPRC). Hired in May of 2017 to conduct survey research, he has helped with survey efforts in Newark over the summer months, distributing a pedestrian safety survey to area residents. Other tasks include authoring monthly blog articles, and teaching children about bicycle safety at Bicycle Rodeos and community events.
Vishal received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from California State University, Sacramento in 2012. He is in the process of completing his Masters in City and Regional Planning with a focus on Community Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Vishal spent time between his undergraduate and graduate studies working for state and municipal government in California and completed a one-year assignment as an AmeriCorps VISTA member.
Developing his interests in urban/rural bicycling and complete streets has inspired Vishal to pursue a career in urban planning. He believes that the technical knowledge he has gleaned from his work at BPRC and through his studies at Bloustein in the areas of transportation planning, urban design, and housing policy, will empower him with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure that planning policies truly lend to improving the safety and vitality of underserved communities.