Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Active travel such as walking and bicycling can lead to health benefits through an increase in physical activity. At the same time, more active travelers breath more and so can experience high pollution inhalation rates during travel. This webinar will review the state of knowledge about how roadway and traffic characteristics impact air pollution risks for bicyclists, including the latest PSU research quantifying bicyclists' uptake of traffic-related air pollution using on-road measurements in Portland. The PSU research team including Alex Bigazzi, Jim Pankow, and Miguel Figliozzi quantified bicyclist exposure concentrations on different types of roadways, respiration responses to exertion level, and changes in blood concentrations of pollutants. Implications for planners, engineers, and policy-makers will be discussed, including guidance for more pollution-conscious bicycle network planning and design. Additionally, ways for individual travelers to reduce their air pollution risks will be discussed.

This 60-minute webinar is eligible for one hour of training which...

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

The US 101 Corridor Mobility Master Plan in San Luis Obispo was a two-year planning effort that evaluated the 70 mile corridor on 12 performance measures. This collaborative effort was led by the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG).

Performance based planning is becoming more important for agencies receiving State and Federal funding. Smaller, rural regional agencies will have to find ways to collect, report, and use performance metrics with limited resources. SLOCOG's first performance-based planning effort was the US 101 Corridor Mobility Master Plan, funded through a State grant.

Funding for this project came from a Partnership Planning Grant awarded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) along with SLOCOG matching funds. The study team — made up of staff from 6 cities, the county, SLOCOG, Caltrans, the Air Pollution Control District, and the Regional Transit Authortiy — evaluated the corridor using 12 performance metrics and input from the public. 140 project alternatives were evaluated on several measures of effectiveness to determine which improvements were more beneficial to the corridor. SLOCOG used the results of this study to both plan for and fund improvements on US 101 through the Regional Transportation Plan and programming documents.

Jessica Berry is a Regional...

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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

The ability to forecast future transportation patterns under a particular land-use scenario or urban form is key to making informed decisions at the local and regional levels.

Although several researchers have explored the links between the built environment, socio-demographics and travel behavior, a consensus is not reached.

This talk highlights two recent projects. The first project focuses on individuals’ attitudes towards transportation, neighborhood characteristics and their effects on campus commuters’ transit use, and addresses the question whether attitudes, the built environment or a combination of both explains the resulting transit use better.

The second part presents the Regional Land Use Allocation Decision Analysis Tool developed for The Ohio Department of Transportation, which enables decision makers to quantify the impacts of population and employment distribution in terms of the resulting VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled). This tool forecasts the impacts of future land-use policies in Ohio, based on alternative assumptions of highway and mass transit corridor development, zoning and environmental constraints, regional growth or decline projections, and changes in travel associated with auto trip generation rates and trip distances.

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Friday, May 8, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology is reshaping the civil engineering profession and offers many unique advantages. National efforts such as the 3D Elevation Plan (3DEP) are helping increase the availability of LIDAR data. LIDAR is one of the crucial technologies that is transitioning the world of civil and construction engineering from 2D paper-based design to 3D digital design. The high spatial resolution and accuracy capabilities of LIDAR have led to increased efficiencies, improved analyses, and more informed decision making.

A further advantage of this dataset is that multiple people can use the same dataset for a variety of purposes across multiple disciplines. The visual nature of the dataset also is more intuitive than traditional data acquisition and analysis techniques. This presentation will provide a brief background of LIDAR , its capabilities, limitations and platforms, and discuss its current and future role in civil engineering. Examples of a wide range of transportation, geotechnical, coastal, and structural engineering, science, and planning applications will be presented including development of mobile LIDAR guidelines for transportation applications, seacliff erosion in San Diego, CA, landslides and slope stability studies in Oregon, Alaska, and New Zealand, earthquake and tsunami damages...

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Friday, May 15, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

There is growing support for improvements to the quality of the walking environment, including more investments to promote pedestrian travel. Planners, engineers, and others seek improved tools to estimate pedestrian demand that are sensitive to environmental and demographic factors at the appropriate scale in order to aid policy-relevant issues like air quality, public health, and smart allocation of infrastructure and other resources. Further, in the travel demand forecasting realm, tools of this kind are difficult to implement due to the use of spatial scales of analysis that are oriented towards motorized modes, vast data requirements, and computer processing limitations.

To address these issues, a two-phase project between Portland State University and Oregon Metro is underway to develop a robust pedestrian planning method for use in regional travel demand models. The first phase, completed in 2013, utilizes a tool that predicts the number of walking trips generated with spatial acuity, based on a new measure of the pedestrian environment and a micro-level unit of analysis. Currently, phase two is building upon this tool to predict the distribution of walking trips, connecting the origins predicted in phase one to destinations. This presentation will focus on phase two, which is one of the first studies to focus on destination choices among pedestrians separately from...

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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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...

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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

Two presentations from Portland State University's Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program.

Groups will present on The Green Loop project and on bicycle and pedestrian use in Mosier, OR. 

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 12:00pm to Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:00pm
The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) offers three exciting professional development courses each summer, invaluable for faculty and practitioners who work with bicycle and pedestrian topics.

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Friday, June 5, 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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