Webinar: Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks

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

WEBINAR SUMMARY

This webinar discusses research exploring how social identity factors (race and gender) influence drivers’ behavior in interactions with pedestrians at crosswalks. One dangerous potential point of conflict for pedestrians within the transportation system is interactions with drivers at crosswalks (NHTSA, 2009), and racial minorities are disproportionately represented in pedestrian fatalities (CDC, 2013). This project examines whether racial discrimination occurs at crosswalks, which may lead to disparate crossing experiences and disproportionate safety outcomes.

Our initial research on this topic revealed predicted racial bias in drivers’ yielding behavior at crosswalks: Black male pedestrians were passed by twice as many cars as, and waited 32% longer than, White male pedestrians (Goddard, Kahn and Adkins, 2015). A new set of studies expands on these prior findings. A controlled field experiment in which Black and White male and female pedestrians crossed the street at two different types of crosswalks (unmarked vs. marked) was conducted, while trained coders marked drivers’ yielding behavior. Results indicated that overall stopping rates were very low at the unmarked crosswalk, and few differences emerged based on pedestrian race and gender. When the crosswalk became marked, stopping rates greatly increased; however, treatment was less...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Municipal Co-Distribution of Goods – Business Models, Stakeholders and Driving Forces for Change

Friday, October 27, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

LOCATION: PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
LIVESTREAM ONLINE: Click here on the day of the seminar to stream it live

The presentation provides background information and illustrates driving forces of the development of municipal co-distribution of goods in Sweden. The business model is “somewhat unique” to Sweden, given the country’s comprehensive welfare sector through which local governments are often the main transport buyers in smaller municipalities without industries or commerce. In this respect, Sweden has been a pioneer in streamlining public administration at all levels replacing manual work procedures and paperwork with the use of computers and digital information, with an overall aim to allow for spending on social and political reform policies. The main business model used in municipal administration is purchases with free delivery whereby the transport of goods occurs directly from contracted suppliers to municipal receivers and where transport costs are included as a hidden surcharge in the product price. Contrary, municipal co-distribution of goods entails a physical and legal consolidation of all external purchases, where in its rudimentary form suppliers leave goods at a freight consolidation center (FCC) where goods are loaded for distribution in...

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Webinar: Transportation Benefits of Parking Cash-Out, Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits, and Parking Surtaxes

Monday, October 30, 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm PDT

TREC is co-hosting this webinar in partnership with Leidos Consulting and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

WEBINAR SUMMARY

The vast majority of employers provide their employees free parking at work, which encourages employees to drive alone. Multiple strategies exist to level the playing field between travel modes and allow employees to select the travel option most beneficial to them without suffering a financial penalty. The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration sponsored a study to understand the effect parking cash out, pre-tax commuter benefits, and parking surtaxes can have on congestion, emissions, and other driving-related externalities. The study is part of the Administration’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness of solutions to address the transportation issues affecting communities in the United States. The research was conducted in coordination with a peer review group made up of representatives from academic institutions and the public sector who provided guidance throughout the study process.

Cash-out programs have the potential to substantially reduce the rate at which people drive alone to work. But, they have not been implemented broadly. California and Rhode Island have parking cash-out laws, but they apply only to a small percentage of parking, and no city (outside of California) has a parking cash-out...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Countywide Bluetooth System: Use Cases & Performance Measures

Friday, November 3, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

LOCATION: PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
LIVESTREAM ONLINE: Click here on the day of the seminar to stream it live

Washington County has 124 permanent roadside Bluetooth readers, which passively and in an anonymous fashion collect travel time, speed, and origin-destination information across the major arterials in the urban County. This presentation gives an overview of the program purpose, history, some interesting use cases, and the formation of comparative performance metrics to gauge the magnitude and duration of congestion across the County. These metrics and information will help planners improve travel demand models, consultants improve traffic analyses, operations staff prioritize timing, detection, and maintenance functions, agencies inform traveler information data, and leaders better communicate the story of traffic demand, delay, and congestion on our roadways over time.

THE SPEAKER
Shaun Quayle is a professional transportation engineer with Washington County...

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Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture featuring Tamika Butler

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:30pm to 7:00pm PST


ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required (RSVP HERE)

Tamika Butler (@TamikaButler), executive director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, will deliver the Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture this year. She is an advocate and activist who works in support of LGBTQA rights, as well as fighting for social justice and healthy communities. She moved to Los Angeles from Omaha, Nebraska, and became interested in active transportation when she met her wife. It was on bike rides that she fell in love with the city. Uniquely positioned as a queer black woman to understand what marginalized people experience every day, she brought passion, energy and intersectionality to the quest for better bicycle access as the executive director of the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. In her new role with the L.A. Neighborhood Land...

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Webinar: What Do We Know About Location Affordability in U.S. Shrinking Cities?

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PST

WEBINAR SUMMARY

Traditionally the discussion about affordability has focused on housing, but HUD’s Location Affordability Index (LAI), released in 2012, helped to elevate the conversation by expanding the focus to include households’ transportation costs. In the first part of this webinar, Dr. Ganning will provide an overview of the LAI, discuss its technical limitations, and provide recommendations for future research. The second portion of the webinar will present the results of a household survey of housing and transportation costs, conducted in Cleveland, Ohio. The household survey supports and extends the conclusions of the first part of the webinar,  adding information regarding transportation cost estimates, and a perspective on the burden placed on households by unaffordable costs.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • The LAI appears to overestimate housing cost and cost burden by 10-20%, depending on tenure and urban/rural location. The transportation costs estimated by the LAI cannot be reproduced, and partially depend on data that is...
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Friday Transportation Seminar: To be announced

Friday, November 17, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

LOCATION: PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
LIVESTREAM ONLINE: Click here on the day of the seminar to stream it live

Stay tuned for more information about this seminar featuring speakers Roberty Liberty, Director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator at PSU and Lynn Peterson, Senior Transportation Planner at Smart Growth America (graduate of PSU's Masters in Urban and Regional Planning as well as PSU's Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering)

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Friday Transportation Seminar: To be announced

Friday, December 1, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

Stay tuned for more information about this seminar featuring visiting scholar Chris Cherry of the University of Tennessee.

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Webinar: Case Studies in the FTA "Manual on Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections to Transit"

Monday, December 4, 2017, 11:00am to 12:00pm PST

This webinar is co-hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) and the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

This past month the U.S. Federal Transit Administration has released a new manual that suggests improvements for pedestrians’ and bicyclists’ access to transit. Specifically, this manual includes information on evaluating, planning, and implementing improvements to pedestrian and bicycle access to transit. It also explains how to integrate bike sharing with transit and make both options more accessible.

This manual was prepared by TREC - the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. Join one of the Co-Investigators, Nathan McNeil, in diving deeper into the case studies provided in this manual. Click here to download this manual.


SPEAKER
Nathan McNeil, Portland State University
Nathan McNeil is a research associate at the Center for Urban Studies at Portland State University. He conducts research around impacts of new bicycle infrastructure and programs on travel behavior and attitudes towards cycling, shared-use mobility programs including carsharing and bike-share, and the connection between...

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Webinar: Bike-Ped Portal - National Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Archive

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PST


WEBINAR SUMMARY

This project builds on the success of NITC’s first Pooled Fund project that created the first national bicycle and pedestrian traffic count archive, named Bike-Ped Portal. The next step for Bike-Ped Portal is to improve its usability for both data providers and data users, specifically transportation professionals. To improve usability, area transportation planners will be invited to participate in an idea gathering session to help design an “Explore Data Page.” The purpose of this page is to allow transportation planners (data users) ready access to the non-motorized count data available in Bike-Ped Portal in a way that is useful and attractive to them. The page may include graphical displays (maps, graphs, etc.) and/or summary statistics. The work also includes other usability improvements including data quality communication improvements, user interface improvements for data providers, maintenance, adding data to the archive, software testing, spreading the word to potential data users, and inclusion of National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project (NBPDP) data.

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