Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Seleta Reynolds, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Despite its reputation as a city built for automobiles, Los Angeles has made huge strides toward promoting active transportation and transit. In a diverse city with a unique land use and transportation system, however, serving all residents poses a challenge.

It’s a challenge Seleta Reynolds, the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, is up for. In Los Angeles, equity and transportation are bound together and the city's transportation department must take on equity in a big way.

Heading an ambitious plan that includes doubling the number of people riding bikes, Reynolds encounters issues such as nurturing a walking and cycling culture in low-income communities and making sure the wave of transportation technology doesn’t leave some groups behind.

Before coming to Los Angeles last August, Reynolds was a manager in the Livable Streets team at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where she led project development for the city's Vision Zero effort to eliminate traffic deaths. Prior to that, she led...

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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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Mountains of research over the last several decades show that how we get around and how much physical activity we get are closely linked with the built environment of the neighborhoods where we live. This means that the health, economic, and environmental benefits associated with active travel and transit are place-based and that affordable housing in walkable, location efficient places needs to be thought of as a critical component of planners’ efforts to provide safe, healthy, and equitable transportation systems. This talk will provide an overview of the links between affordable housing and transportation planning and present research findings from a new national study of location efficiency within the Low-income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, the largest source of new affordable housing in the United States.

Arlie Adkins is an assistant professor of urban planning in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning...

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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Local grassroots advocacy organizations play a critical role in shaping the future of cities but receive very little attention in research, especially insofar as understanding the most effective tactics that should be used by these organizations to achieve their objectives. When LivableStreets Alliance was founded in 2005, The City of Boston had 3/8 of one mile of bicycle lanes. Over the past decade, we have seen a sea change. Boston has published a nationally-recognized Complete Streets Guide, MassDOT has incorporated cycle-track designs into several federally-funded projects, and highway overpasses are slated for removal. What is LivableStreets’ role in shifting policy, politics, design, and public opinion? What are lessons to be learned for future transportation planners and engineers? Get the inside scoop on what actually happened behind the scenes.

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Please join us on Monday, October 19, 2015, for an exchange with

Scott Bernstein

President, Center for Neighborhood Technology  

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Scott led the development of the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index, the Location Efficient Mortgage, and GIS-based maps showing the location of transportation-related carbon emissions — online tools that can be used to advance key policy goals, including affordable housing, active transportation, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Scott was a founding board member of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Center and co-founded the Center for Transit-Oriented Development...

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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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Securing and expanding the broad right to bicycle, including the right to adequate and safe street space and related infrastructure for cycling along with other policies and protections for cyclists, is the obvious goal of cycling advocacy efforts in their various forms. All rights are situated within frameworks for promulgating and insuring they are honored, and the right to cycling is no different. This project investigates how the right to bicycle falls within various rights frameworks, focusing on broad human rights and civil rights frameworks while reflecting as well on traffic safety codes and transportation planning frameworks. While certain aspects of the right to cycle find support in particular aspects of these frameworks, there are tensions among them as well. The right to cycle, for example, does not find significant support as a civil right as clarified in civil rights laws and directives, while it does however correspond more broadly to human rights conceptions of the right to bodily integrity and mobility. This project then reflects on these findings, exploring advocacy strategies for the right to bicycle and their tensions and synergies with other transportation rights movements such as universal access and...

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Friday, November 6, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU Demographic and socio-economic information provided by the American Community Survey (ACS) have been increasingly relied upon in many planning and decision making contexts due to its timely and current estimates. However, ACS estimates are well known to be subject to larger sampling errors with a much smaller sample size compared with the decennial census data. To support the assessment of the reliability of ACS estimates, the US Census Bureau publishes a margin of error at the 90% confidence level alongside each estimate. While data error or uncertainty in ACS estimates has been widely acknowledged, little has been done to devise methods accounting for such error or uncertainty. This talk focuses on addressing ACS data uncertainty issues in choropleth mapping, one of the most widely used methods to visually explore spatial distributions of demographic and socio-economic data.
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm