2016 Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture with Vanessa Garrison

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:30pm to 8:00pm PDT

The Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture series continued in 2016 with guest speaker Vanessa Garrison of GirlTrek

Each year, the Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture Endowment brings a guest speaker to Portland, Oregon. We seek people from all over the world who have made great strides in advocating for health, safety, and bicycle and pedestrian access, and bring them together with the Portland transportation community to share methods and inspiration. The annual forum furthers IBPI's mission to facilitate the exchange of knowledge among scholars, practitioners and community advocates focused on walking and biking.

Vanessa is a passionate advocate of social justice issues and has focused her work on improving health outcomes and quality of life for black women and girls. Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, a national health movement, Vanessa worked as a Program Coordinator for Our Place DC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated women. Vanessa began her career working in digital media...

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Building a grassroots movement: Walk with Vanessa Garrison of GirlTrek

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12:30pm to 1:30pm PDT

Are you working for change in your community, or hoping to get a movement off the ground? As co-founder of GirlTrek, Vanessa Garrison took her concern over the health of her family and community and turned it into a national movement centered on walking. Her experience showed how women can mobilize around their own health to address issues such as street violence, harassment and social justice in their communities. 

Walk with Vanessa to hear her story and learn the three steps she took to create a grassroots movement: offer a feasible first step; train women to be leaders in their own communities; and focus on culturally relevant content. Along the walk, we’ll hear from Portland leaders who are addressing community issues and discuss how we can learn from each other and from Vanessa.

The walk is cosponsored by TREC and Oregon Walks and is part of the Walktober series.


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Can Location Value Capture Pay for Transit? Organizational Challenges of Transforming Theory Into Practice

Friday, October 14, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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Successful public transit systems increase the value of locations they serve. Capturing this location value to help fund transit is often sensible, but challenging.

This presentation will define location value capture, and synthesize lessons learned from six European and North American transit agencies that have experience with location value capture funding.

The opportunities for and barriers to implementing location value capture fall into three categories:

  • agency institutional authority,
  • agency organizational mission, and
  • public support for transit.

When any of these factors is incompatible with a location value capture strategy, implementation becomes difficult. In four of the cases studied, dramatic institutional change was critical for success. In five cases, acute crisis was a catalyst for institutional change, value capture implementation, or both. Using value capture strategies to fund transit requires practitioners to both...

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The Bridge and the City

Friday, October 7, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:30pm PDT

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Daniel Biau, international consultant, civil engineer and author of The Bridge and the City: A Universal Love Story, will share insights on urbanization and bridges.

Across countries and centuries, the session will explore a fundamental social and demographic change: the emergence of a planet of towns and cities. But it will look at this densification of human and economic relations through a specific lens, the increased connectivity triggered by strategic urban bridges. 

As places of encounters and exchanges, bridges have played a major role in the urbanization of our planet. With reference to twenty-four world cities, the presentation will explain how these monuments have influenced urban development over all continents. The most fascinating cities in Europe (Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Saint-Petersburg, London) all possess fantastic bridges. The same could be said about North American cities (New York, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago) and cities in other regions of the world. Besides, the most famous...

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Integrative Public Transport in a Segmented City: Reflections from Jerusalem

Friday, September 30, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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Jerusalem is perhaps an extreme case of residential and travel market segmentation. It is comprised of four different 'cities', which partially overlap in space: The Jewish-Zionist city; the Palestinian city; the Jewish ultra-orthodox city and the global-tourist city. While the specific delineation of these cities is unique, Jerusalem can be seen as representative of other cities where ethnic and religious tensions create highly segmented urban spaces and travel markets.

In recent years particular emphasis has been placed on integrating transport systems, both across modes and with land use, in order to facilitate and encourage the use of public transport. Spatial integration suggests overcoming cultural and social differences that may be reflected with the units that are to be coordinated.

Spatial integration calls for minimizing differences among geographical unites in order to...

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International Open Streets Summit Public Keynote

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 12:00pm to 2:00pm PDT

The 2016 International Open Streets Summit happening in Portland August 18-21 gives participants from around the world the opportunity to learn the techniques to fill their streets with people. (In Portland, Open Streets is better known as Sunday Parkways.) 

The noon keynote session on Saturday, August 20th at noon will be free and open to the public, and we invite all Portlanders interested in learning more or getting involved in this open streets movement to join us for this exciting line up of speakers including our own Phil Wu, MD of the NW Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, NiCole Keith, Research Scientist from the University of Indiana, Tyler Norris, Vice President of Total Health Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente, and the incomparable Dan Burden of the Blue Zones who will inspire us all to imagine our streets as places for health, physical activity and social connection.

To purchase a lunch, register for the Saturday plenary here. We will not be selling lunch tickets at the door, so purchase a ticket by August 11! You may also bring your...

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2016 International Open Streets Summit

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 8:00am PDT to Sunday, August 21, 2016, 4:00pm PDT

Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. With hundreds of documented initiatives in the Americas, Open Streets are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals.

The 2016 International Open Streets Summit, to be held in Portland, Oregon, will feature sessions and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced Open Streets organizers, active transportation advocates, policymakers, health and wellness professionals and foundations, led by national and international experts. Participants will also have the chance to take part in Portland Sunday Parkways on August 21st.

Visit the home page to learn more, and browse through the agenda, detailed program, and info on the exciting mobile tours that will be offered at the Summit.

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All registration includes breakout sessions, plenaries, breakfast on Friday, and lunches on Thursday to Saturday. Early bird registration includes unlimited tour participation, whereas...

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IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 8:00am PDT to Sunday, August 21, 2016, 4:30pm PDT

Course Overview

The field of bikeway planning and design has been evolving rapidly over the last decade. As communities have put bikeway plans into effect, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t -- how to plan effectively, design correctly and make investments that get results.

We’ve distilled those lessons into our comprehensive bikeway planning and design course. The pioneers and leading practitioners in the field will teach the fundamentals of bikeway planning and design through an intensive week of classroom sessions and tours. The instruction and interaction with other participants will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and teach you the skills and techniques you need to get started on your next project.

Instructors draw from their years of experience, along with project examples, to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. Special emphasis is placed on working with stakeholders and navigating through varied levels of support and opposition to achieve the project goal. 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context
  • List the different ways that a bicycle facility can meet or not meet the needs of people who bike
  • Describe the tradeoffs of designing better facilities to accommodate all road users
  • Identify various...
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IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0

Monday, July 25, 2016, 8:00am PDT to Friday, July 29, 2016, 4:30pm PDT

Course Overview

This IBPI advanced course covers the fundamentals of bikeway design and planning through an intensive week of interactive classroom and field experience and one-on-one problem solving with instructors. The course primarily focuses on improving existing bicycle networks. The course will highlight the latest research and innovative practice and provide you with skills and diverse perspectives to take your bike network to the next level.

Course instructors are experts in bicycle engineering, planning policy and design. They draw from years of experience creating innovative designs, getting them implemented and then assessing and improving them over multiple generations. Instructors use project examples to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. Special emphasis is placed on working with stakeholders to change ineffective designs and navigate legal and institutional barriers to experimental approaches. 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions, multimodal and urban/suburban/rural context
  • Describe some traffic signal and control strategies to improve bicycle facility design
  • Use the FHWA Experiment process to test innovative bikeway design
  • Describe the differences between various national guidance on designing bicycle facilities
  • Identify different...
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Why Near Misses Matter

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Guest Lecturer Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster

Cycling is currently a hotly debated political and policy issue, especially in relation to safety. While research has studied serious injuries and deaths, this project targets a more common, yet under-researched phenomenon: the ‘ordinary’ experience of near misses and other non-injury incidents (from incivilities and low-level harassment to SMIDSY: ‘sorry mate, I didn’t see you’).

Near miss and related incidents are common, according to a pioneering study in Oxford in the early 1990s. More recent work in Middlesex suggests close passes (under 50cm) may happen with predictable regularity for commuting cyclists, while an Australian study highlights experiences of deliberate abuse and harassment.

Yet apart from this work, there remains little research into non-injury incidents. We don’t know, for example, how often they happen to UK cyclists, and how this varies. This is a substantial missed opportunity, both to improve people’s experiences of cycling, and to use our knowledge of near misses to prevent injuries. The latter is commonplace in other areas of transport such as rail and air but near-absent for cycling.

This lecture will introduce the Near Miss project, which seeks to research, analyze and document cycling near misses, and contribute to training drivers and transport professionals. It will...

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