Webinar: Breaking Barriers to Bike Share: Insights on Equity

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 10:00am to 11:30am PDT

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While the number of public bike share systems in the United States grew considerably in recent years, early evidence indicated that many systems were not serving the diverse populations of cities, particularly lower-income residents and people of color. Lack of bike share stations in neighborhoods with people of color and/or lower incomes is one factor; however, considerable disparities appear to persist even when stations are placed in these communities.

Efforts to overcome access and use barriers (such as cost, payment options, and familiarity with the system) to bike share for underserved communities have been initiated in a number of cities. The Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP) has been working with cities around the country to launch and test potentially replicable approaches to improve the equity outcomes. These have included focused outreach efforts and bike share...

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Transportation and Communities Summit Breakout Sessions

Monday, September 11, 2017, 8:00am to 6:30pm PDT

See below for Monday breakout sessions. For more information, including the Tuesday workshops, visit the main Summit page.

Transportation and Communities Summit: Workshop Day

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 8:00am to 5:00pm PDT

Transportation and Communities Summit

Tuesday, September 12

The day after the Summit, we offer hands-on workshops for those who want to gain new skills and dive deeply into specific subject areas. When registering for the conference, you can add the Workshop Day to your registration. You can also register for a workshop a la carte, without registering for the Summit Day.

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Webinar: Parking, transit usage and congestion: Evidence from SFpark

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Parking is a serious issue in many urban areas, especially those experiencing rapid population growth.  To address this problem, some cities have implemented demand-responsive pricing programs, where parking prices vary depending on the occupancy rate in a previous period. Yet, few empirical studies have rigorously evaluated these programs. In this study, we investigate the impacts of SFpark, a demand-responsive pricing parking program in San Francisco that began in 2011. We observe effects on three important aspects of urban transportation: parking availability, transit bus ridership and congestion.  The timing of this program is plausibly exogenous to factors that affect these outcomes of interest since it is based on bureaucratic decision-making, so endogeneity is less of a concern. 

We use data from the SFpark pilot evaluation for on-street parking, which includes hourly data on parking occupancy, metered rates and measures of daily traffic congestion.  Additionally, we generate a novel panel data set using micro-level Muni bus transit data at the bus shift-stop level to observe possible effects on modal transportation choice.

Results show that SFpark achieved its...

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Webinar: Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks: Understanding the Effects

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

This research explores social identity-related factors that influence drivers’ behaviors in interactions with pedestrians at crosswalks. One dangerous potential point of conflict in our transportation system to pedestrians is interactions with drivers at crosswalks (NHTS, 2003). In 2010, there was one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours and an injury every eight minutes (CDC, 2013). Racial minorities are disproportionately represented in pedestrian fatalities: From 2000 to 2010, pedestrian fatality rates for Black and Hispanic men (3.93 and 3.73 per 100,000) were more than twice the rate of 1.78 for White men (CDC, 2013). If drivers yield differently to Black and White pedestrians at crosswalks, this may lead to disparate crossing experiences and disproportionate safety outcomes. We hypothesize that, similar to other forms of racial discrimination that minorities experience across various domains in society, drivers will exhibit racial bias when making decisions about whether or not to stop for pedestrians waiting to cross the street at a marked crosswalk.

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Webinar: Topic TBD

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PST

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