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 in school-based design projects.

Fifth-grade students in two Oregon communities teamed up with transportation professionals from ODOT to redesign their school parking lots, resulting in better traffic flow and increased capacity. The immersive learning experience received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, teachers and administrators.

This webinar will demonstrate how the Portland Metro STEM Partnership was facilitated to bring transportation education into elementary school classrooms, offering students unparalleled access to STEM professionals working in their communities and to real-world applications of engineering principles.

Key learning takeaways include:

MURP Workshop Extravaganza

Friday, May 27, 2016, 12:00pm to 13:00pm PDT

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

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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 nationally renowned academic, research and health institution. At its current capacity, OHSU sees over 250,000 patients a year, teaches 5,000 students, employs about 16,000 people, and utilizes over 2,000 contract workers. Simply put, there are a lot of people who need to access the OHSU central campuses (Marquam Hill and South Waterfront) every day. Furthermore, because OHSU is a medical and research...

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Pursuing Vision Zero in Seattle – Results of a Systemic Safety Analysis

Friday, June 3, 2016, 12:00pm to 13:00pm PDT

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

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Rebecca Sanders is a transportation planner and the head of research for Toole Design Group (TDG). Prior to working at TDG, Rebecca worked for University of California Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) for seven years, where she evaluated a regional "Safe Routes 2 Transit" program, worked on a Pedestrian Safety Improvement Program for Caltrans, and helped to develop Complete Streets performance measures for Caltrans. She also spent a year studying walking and biking in Oklahoma as a Research Associate for Oklahoma University’s Division of Regional and City Planning. She is well known for her...

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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

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 strengths and weaknesses of various policy approaches, and
  • Provide recommendations for a broad range of practitioners including state and regional planners, federal staff, and advocates.  

Key takeaways focus on how state, federal and metropolitan policy organizations can use transportation and land use plans to achieve GHG reduction goals.  

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

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 8:00am PDT to Thursday, June 23, 2016, 16:00pm 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. 

For more information, and to register for the course, visit the course home page at...

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IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0

Monday, July 25, 2016, 8:00am PDT to Friday, July 29, 2016, 16:30pm 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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IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0

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