Webinar: Tools and Techniques for Teaching Collaborative Regional Planning and Enhancing Livability and Sustainable Transportation in Gateway & Natural Amenity Regions

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Small towns and cities outside of national parks and other major natural amenities throughout the western United States are becoming increasingly popular places to visit and live. As a result, many of these gateway and natural amenity region (GNAR) communities—including places such as Jackson, Wyoming, and Moab, Utah—are facing a variety of “big city” issues, such as severe congestion, lack of affordable workforce housing, and concerns about sprawl and density. This webinar will introduce the planning and transportation concerns being experienced by GNAR communities throughout the west. It will then share the tools and resources developed by the University of Utah to train planners to work in these unique communities and to help these communities enhance livability and sustainable transportation options. The webinar will also introduce the University of Utah’s new Gateway and Natural Amenity Region Initiative and ongoing research aimed at better understanding and addressing the planning and transportation issues in GNAR communities. 

The final report from this project will be published in early March, prior to the webinar. The project team is in the process of launching an online toolkit for gateway and natural amenity region communities. We will share the new website with webinar attendees as soon as it is...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Intersection: Orientation and Mobility as Interdisciplinary Conversation

Friday, April 27, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Knowing where one wants to go and how to get there are essential life skills for all people. Community access and travel skills are not only important rites of passage for youth in becoming adults, they are linked to higher rates of employment and overall health. People who are blind and visually impaired (BVI) face challenges in accessing public transportation, yet studies have shown that with relevant orientation and mobility instruction, technology, and accessible design, vision loss need not preclude community travel.

Join PSU's Amy Parker and Intel's Prateek Dujari on the ways that knowledge from consumers and the field of Orientation and Mobility can positively influence design through participatory conversations. After this presentation, participants will be able to: describe the role of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists; identify features in the built environment that benefit individuals with visual impairments as well as the broader population; and identify unique needs for travelers with visual impairments in the Pacific Northwest region.


Amy Parker, Portland State University

Amy Parker, EdD, COMS, is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Orientation...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Analysis of the Contribution of Transportation and Land Use to Citizen Perceptions of Livability

Friday, May 4, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

What is livability? How does the built environment influence resident perceptions of livability? Although livability is a broadly used term and a key goal in land use and transportation plans at the state level, it is unclear whether residents think their neighborhoods are livable and what contributes to their perception of livability. The purpose of the project was to understand how Oregonians, in neighborhoods of varying densities and within Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), perceive livability at the nexus of transportation and land use. We sought to understand how residents define and perceive livability in three different MPOs in the state: Albany, Central Lane, and Rogue Valley. Our survey instrument included questions about livability, satisfaction, housing choice, and preferred and current characteristics of the neighborhood and accessibility. 

We found that perceptions were more influential in describing livability than objective or sociodemographic measures. We found that people tradeoff affordability and livability. When people said that housing affordability was more important in decisions about housing and neighborhood choice, they had more negative perceptions of livability in their neighborhood. But people who prioritize accessibility have a more positive perception of livability. Individuals that reported better access to transportation options across a broad range of measures...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Impacting Health and Racial Equity through Gresham’s Active Transportation Plan

Friday, May 11, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Gresham recently completed its first Active Transportation Plan. With the support of Multnomah County Health Department, the City integrated health and equity into the plan’s development from the earliest stages. The project team used a racial equity framework to guide its process and to evaluate the plan’s milestones; the equity lens influenced the project’s goals, data analysis, how the public process was conducted and how the final project list was prioritized. The session will share how the equity lens was applied and the steps the City took to include health and equity considerations in the plan. We’ll talk about how Liaisons hired from the community were central to community engagement and the training that enhanced their communication and leadership skills. We’ll also review the types of data, including community engagement findings, that were used in plan development and how data supported equitable outcomes in project prioritization.

This presentation was recently given at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit in March 2018. We're excited to bring it to Portland State University students.


Jay Higgins is a Transportation Planner at City of Gresham and Project Manager for the Active Transportation Plan. Jay’s work in Gresham focuses on long-range transportation planning...

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APBP Webinar: Quick Builds - Tactical Urbanism Toolbox

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is hosting webinar viewings of the 2018 APBP webinars for the OR Chapter of APBP. These webinars are useful to professionals and advocates working in the field of bicycling and walking: planning, design, engineering, education, encouragement, evaluation, enforcement and advocacy.

See speakers and webinar descriptions on the APBP website here.

Would you like to host one of these webinar viewings?

By default, join us at Portland State University to watch these webinars for free (open to the public): PSU, Fourth Ave Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 170-05, Portland OR 97201 (map) That said, we’d welcome any local Portland partner to take on host duties for any given month and we’ll share our Oregon Chapter access information. Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu if you would like to host a viewing. Note - only one location can host a webinar at any given time, and it must be open to the public.

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Utrecht, Bike Capital of the World

Friday, May 18, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Utrecht is a bustling, bicycle-friendly city in the Netherlands. Every day, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., over 125,000 cyclists ride to their work, school, university, public transport, shops or home through the city centre.

The municipality wants to make cycling even more attractive for these and other cyclists. Consequently, the bicycle is given precedence in the mobility policy of the municipality of Utrecht. We want to be the most bike-friendly city in the world. We want to keep our growing city livable, accessible and economically strong, and we are convinced that the bicycle can and should play a major role in this.

This presentation will give insight in the biking policy, bicycle parking and enforcement, bicycle infrastructure and routes, construction and detours, economics, and safety in Utrecht.

Headshot of Martijn Rietbergen, International Visiting Scholar at Portland State UniversityTHE SPEAKER

Martijn Rietbergen, International Visiting Scholar at Portland State University...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: A Survey of Ride-Hailing Passengers

Friday, May 25, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

In less than a decade, the ride-hailing industry, led by Uber and Lyft, has dramatically transformed the way we travel in our metro regions. Rider adoption of these on-demand mobility services has proceeded much quicker than our understanding of their impacts to our urban transportation systems. Planning for this transformation in personal mobility, which will have unintended consequences, has been made more difficult by the scarcity in meaningful data made available by these ride-hailing companies. Public agencies responsible for managing congestion and transit services are hindered in their ability to successfully plan for the integration of this emergent travel mode without access to these valuable data.

In response, Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council conducted an intercept survey of nearly 1,000 passengers to understand who uses ride-hailing services, what types of trips are performed using these new mobility options, and how these services impact more established travel modes. Perhaps expectedly, most ride-hailing passengers were under the age of 35, use ride-hailing on a weekly basis, and do not own a car. Remarkably, however, 59-percent of surveyed ride-hailing trips added new vehicles to the region’s already congested roadways, with 42-percent of respondents stating they would have used public transit if ride-hailing was unavailable. These and other important findings provide a window of...

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Webinar: Aiming for Walkable, Inclusive Communities

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Walking is a crucial part of living in any urban setting. It facilitates access to the places and things people need to live their lives (employment, services, social networks, transit, etc.). Walking also improves individual and population level health. Walking is the primary source of physical activity for most Americans and is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and some types of cancer. In many urban areas, however, people must walk in environments that are not supportive. This prevents many people from walking and puts those who do walk in uncomfortable, unpleasant, stressful, and often dangerous situations. This is especially true for low-income and pedestrians of color who, nationally, face higher pedestrian fatality rates. 

In this webinar, we will:

  1. Review the evidence-base of the many intersecting characteristics of social and built environments that contribute to the overall walkability of a place;
  2. Highlight recent research on differences in conceptions of walkability across neighborhood contexts; and
  3. Share a data collection toolkit developed by the Arizona Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) that can be used by researchers, practitioners, and community groups to establish more holistic, context-specific walkability metrics and objectives...
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PeopleForBikes Tape Measure Tour

Monday, June 11, 2018, 8:00am PDT to Friday, June 15, 2018, 5:00pm PDT

PeopleForBikes study tours combine networking meetings with local experts, site visits by bike, and discussions on how to bring the best ideas from world-class bike infrastructure to cities back home.

The Tape Measure Tour is designed for transportation engineers, urban planners, and others interested in in-depth engineering and planning examples of bikeway innovation. This tour covers the fundamentals of bikeway design through an intensive week of interactive classroom sessions, field tours and design exercises.

Offered in partnership with Portland State University’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), this 5-day workshop is typically eligible for ~30 hours of training, the equivalent of 30 CMs or 30 PDHs. IBPI applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each course. We will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours.

The cost to attend is $5,500 per person and includes five-nights single occupancy hotel room, all meals, all ground transportation, bike rental, course materials, speaker fees and professional guides. Note airfare is not included in this fee.

For more information or to register, go to ...

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Webinar: Firsthand Data Collection: Students Get Behind the Wheel of Vehicle Dynamics

Monday, June 11, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Vehicle operating dynamics data have a fundamental impact on the design of roadways, but collecting this type of data is not part of your typical college curriculum. Instead, engineering students are handed a textbook, leaving them without a firsthand experience of how accelerations and decelerations “feel” to the driver, the ultimate consumer of their designs. Seeking to change this norm, Roger Lindgren and C.J. Riley, civil engineering professors at the Oregon Institute of Technology, undertook a NITC education project to incorporate more real-world data collection and analysis into transportation courses. This webinar will offer a detailed look at the recently published project "Instructional Modules for Obtaining Vehicle Dynamics Data with Smartphone Sensors" and how you can implement it into your coursework.



Roger Lindgren, Oregon Institute of...

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