Modeling the health impacts of a shift to active travel: methods and models

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 1:30pm to 2:30pm PDT

Guest Lecturer James Woodcock, UK Clinical Research Collaboration

Modeling is the simulation of a partial representation of a system. It can help us answer questions that no single empirical study can answer. Modeling enables us to estimate longer term and population wide health effects of interventions, integrate evidence from different domains, consider hypothetical ‘what if’ scenarios, and address issues of cost and cost-effectiveness. Modeling can also be used to investigate how health related practices might change in complex systems.

Modeling studies can be cheaper and quicker than real-world studies and do not require the intervention to actually be implemented. They can therefore support getting the best value from intervention studies and natural experiments. In public health modeling at the UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), evidence from many different primary studies is used plus insights from experts and other stakeholders. Simulation of models containing uncertainty can be used to indicate where the gaps in knowledge are most critical for decision making.

This lecture will describe the UK Clinical Research Collaboration's approach to modeling the health impacts of transportation decisions. 

TREC is hosting this event, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority.

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IBPI Workshop: Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 8:00am PDT to Thursday, June 23, 2016, 4:00pm PDT

Course Overview: This course is designed to help transportation planning and engineering faculty integrate bicycle and pedestrian topics into their courses. The course focuses on a holistic approach to teaching transportation engineering and planning by integrating design for bicycles and pedestrians. In addition, the course provides an understanding of state-of-the art practice. Participants will receive learning materials to broaden their curriculum and provide resources for course design.

To keep the workshop interactive, walking and bicycling tours are incorporated in order for participants to experience first-hand the innovative design solutions used in Portland and other U.S. cities that encourage active transportation.

Course Format: The course will be a combination of classroom instruction and field visits by bike and foot to Portland’s “living laboratory”. The bicycle tour will be about 8 miles with some mild elevation and done at a moderate pace. An option to purchase a daily bike rental is available upon registering for the workshop. If you want an extended bicycle rentail, you can reserve online at the PSU Bike Hub.

The fee for this professional development course is $70. The fee includes morning coffee, snacks, lunch, and course materials. The fee does not include travel, lodging or other meals while in Portland. 

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Webinar: States on the Hot Seat: State Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

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Transportation accounts for approximately 33 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States. While the federal government issued notice of a proposed rule that would include a GHG reduction performance measure for the first time, over the past decade, several innovative states have offered leadership on policies aimed at reducing GHG through transportation.  

A recent project examines innovative policies in four such states: California, Maryland, Oregon and Washington. This webinar will:

  • Highlight policy approaches for reducing GHG from transportation,
  • Offer an assessment of...
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Pursuing Vision Zero in Seattle – Results of a Systemic Safety Analysis

Friday, June 3, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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Many cities are considering pursuing Vision Zero to eliminate traffic deaths, but may not know how to move beyond addressing past crash locations toward preventing future crashes. Systemic analysis, which looks at crash patterns to determine common characteristics associated with various types of crashes, shows promise in helping cities to identify problematic locations and treatments in the hopes of preventing future crashes.

This presentation will share results from part of Seattle’s Vision Zero effort – a multi-phased analysis of pedestrian and bicycle crash data aiming to help the City understand both where crashes have occurred and where they are most likely to occur in the future. Discussing the work that she conducted with colleagues at Toole Design Group and UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Sanders will show how the most common crash types were identified and then analyzed in conjunction with variables accounting for roadway design, land use, population, and...

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MURP Workshop Extravaganza

Friday, May 27, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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The PSU Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program is known for its workshop projects. For the last two quarters of the program, students work on community-based, client-focused projects. This provides students with the opportunity to work in teams on real-world problems for community clients. This Friday Seminar will showcase two outstanding 2016 MURP workshop projects. See what PSU Urban and Regional Planning students have been up to.

Lea Anderson of the Hilltop Planning Workshop Team:

"Oregon Health & Science University Night Access Plan"

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is a...

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Webinar: Investigations in Transportation: Partnering Industry Professionals and Elementary Teachers in a STEM Unit of Study

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

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Investigations in Transportation was an elementary school partnership and curriculum development project, engaging STEM professionals...

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Connected Vehicles and Rural Road Weather Management

Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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Changing weather patterns and increases in extreme weather events has led to the deployment of more weather responsive traffic management strategies. As the transportation system moves towards a connected vehicle environment, questions arise as to how connected vehicle technology can support weather responsive systems. The presentation will discuss the use of connected vehicles in a rural environment as providers of mobile weather data. Two projects will be highlighted - a recently completed research project using passenger vehicle CAN-BUS data as weather surrogates, and the ongoing USDOT CV Pilot Deployment Project in Wyoming.

Dr. Rhonda Young, P.E. is an associate professor in the department of civil engineering at Gonzaga University....

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Restricting Driving for Better Traffic and Clearer Skies: Did It Work in Beijing?

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:30pm to 7:30pm PDT

Speaker: Dr. Rui Wang, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, University of California–Los Angeles 

FREE and open to the public

This event is sponsored by Portland State University's Institute for Asian Studies.

Dr. Rui Wang will discuss his research on transportation (specifically driving) and transportation policy in Beijing and its affect on the environment.

Driving restrictions have been implemented in several cities across the world. However, limited by data gaps and the weaknesses of the prevailing research method, few studies have quantified driving restrictions’ effects on traffic and researchers disagree about the air quality effects of driving restrictions. We take advantage of the Chinese cultural resentment toward the number four and use the unequal stringency of alternative restricted plate numbers as repeated exogenous treatments to identify the marginal effects of driving restrictions. For the first time in similar studies, we introduce data measuring traffic conditions to help explain the mechanism of driving restrictions, traffic and air quality effects. We find that more stringent driving restrictions had a positive impact on city-wide traffic speed, but little effect on the concentration of inhalable particulates. Given Beijing's extremely...

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Is It Working? Are the Region's and City's Transportation Policies and Actions Moving Us in Their Desired Directions?

Friday, May 13, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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The City of Portland and the Metropolitan Region have strong policies in place to encourage transportation through means other than the single-occupancy vehicle. Both governments have numeric goals for the proportion of trips to be made by walking, bicycling, transit, shared vehicles, working at home and driving alone. Indeed, the City of Portland desires that by 2035 no more than thirty percent of commute trips be made by people driving alone. Similar policies have driven transportation planning in the city and region for decades.

To understand if these policies will be effective it's necessary to understand whether their antecedents have been effective. The Portland region has been investing in transit, bicycling and walking for more than two decades? Are we moving the needle? Have we been effective?

Roger's presentation will take a look at regional data for the period 2000-2014 to assess the effectiveness of our efforts...

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Measuring What We Value: Using Performance Measures to Achieve Goals

Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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Performance measures are commonly used in transportation planning, but how effectively are public agencies using them, and to what ends?

Metro, ODOT and many cities use performance measures to evaluate investment choices and monitor progress. Drawing from Transportation for America’s report Measuring What We Value, and some of the most cutting edge examples of performance-based planning around the nation, Chris' presentation will step back to consider what makes a performance-based planning approach effective at achieving an agency’s goals.

Chris Rall is...

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