Webinar: Land Use Mix and Pedestrian Travel Behavior: Advancements in Conceptualization and Measurement

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Smart growth policies have often emphasized the importance of land use mix as an intervention beholding of lasting urban planning and public health benefits. Past transportation-land use research has identified potential efficiency gains achieved by mixed-use neighborhoods and the subsequent shortening of trip lengths; whereas, public health research has accredited increased land use mixing as an effective policy for facilitating greater physical activity.

However, despite the celebrated transportation, land use, and health benefits of improved land use mixing and the extent of topical attention, no consensus has been reached regarding the conceptualization and measurement of this key smart growth principle or the magnitude of its link to walking. This research, comprising three empirical studies, explores this topic in detail.

This webinar will provide attendees with greater specificity in the measurement of land use mix and its connection to pedestrian travel behavior.

Webinar: Bike Share Equity

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Date may change: This webinar will be held in August 2017; the day is still TBD.

As bike-sharing systems become increasingly common in American cities, questions about the equity of such systems must be addressed. Bike share has the potential to provide residents a cost effective and healthy means of transportation, but many systems are not serving lower-income and minority populations, possibly due to lower station density in less affluent neighborhoods (Ogilvie & Goodman, 2012), low participation among non-white populations (Virginia Tech, 2012), or other factors. As a means to address these challenges to equity, the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP), a collaboration of PeopleForBikes, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), and local partners, is making $900,000 in grant funding available for bike share operators, cities, and local non-profits to increase bike share participation among underserved populations. This research seeks to understand the impacts of these efforts to site bike share stations in low-income and/or communities of color and promote participation through outreach efforts.

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Webinar: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Smart-Parking Programs

Friday, September 1, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Date may change: This webinar will be held in September 2017; the day is still TBD.

There is little empirical work on the economic and environmental impacts of parking management policies in the U.S. This is largely due to scarce data on parking, including information on types of parking management policies for on- and off-street parking throughout a city. However, recently, cities and mobile applications have begun to leverage sensors and collect parking data. One of the more prominent programs to implement and utilize this relatively new technology is SFpark in San Francisco (SF). The purpose of SFpark is to use demand-responsive pricing to improve parking availability by updating metered and garage prices based off information on parking occupancy. The goal of this research proposal is to understand the relationships among economic and environmental outcomes resulting from SFpark using regression analysis, and of particular interest are three aspects of SFpark: 1) increasing parking availability (a priority goal of SFpark), 2) utilizing variable-priced parking, and 3) implementing metered parking in areas where or during times when it was not used before.

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Transportation and Communities Summit: Breakout Sessions

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

Monday, September 11

Session descriptions

Sessions by Track:
Traffic signal technology and connected vehicles The interconnectedness of...
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Transportation and Communities Summit: Workshop Day

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

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. 

Workshop descriptions

Full Day Workshops
  • Using novel data sources to support transportation planning and analysis
  • Walkability Audits: Identifying and evaluating the walkability of your community
  • Bike and Pedestrian Demand Modeling
Half Day Workshops
  • Community Engagement: Strategies to design your path to success
  • Safety Analysis
  • Data Analysis Refresher


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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