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.
Full Day Workshops
- Using novel data sources to support transportation planning and analysis
- Walkability Audits: Identifying and evaluating the walkability of your community
- Walk, don’t run? Advancing the state of the practice in pedestrian demand modeling
Half Day Workshops
- Community Engagement: Strategies to design your path to success
- Systemic Safety Analysis: A comprehensive method for safety planning and implementations
- Data Analysis Refresher
Using novel data sources to support transportation planning and analysis
Transportation data sources are expanding rapidly in the Portland-Metro region, across the state and nation. Do you feel on top of the latest data sources, and aware of their different strengths and weaknesses, and how they can help transportation planning and analysis projects?
This workshop will provide you an overview of these new data and help you sort through GPS-based speed and route data (e.g, Inrix, HERE, AirSage, Strava), and other novel data sources. In addition, you will learn more about Portal, a regional data archive for freeway traffic volumes, arterial signal data, travel time, bicycle counts, transit and freight data, as well as iPEMs, the tool to access national GPS datasets. Equally important, limitations of these data sources will be noted, such as temporal and geographical resolution, coverage (e.g., state facilities or all streets), access restrictions and user agreements. This introductory workshop will get you started with ideas on how to access, query, visualize, and analyze data from these different sources, via presentations of case study examples using these data along with a deep dive hands-on session of a few popular data sources. The instructors will be drawn from power users and/or representatives from data vendors.
Walkability Audits: Identifying and evaluating the walkability of your community
A walkable environment that includes getting from home to a bus stop, a neighbor's, a park or the grocery store is a critical part of the network for people of all ages and abilities. To advocate for walkability, you need to know how to measure walkability, and how to effectively engage designers, planners and engineers, parents, advocates, and shop owners to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists.
This full day workshop merges popular techniques for evaluating active transportation needs from both the community development and design perspectives. We will teach participants how to lead a walk audit that engages participants in their environment and solicits their observations to identify improvements needed.
Attendees will gain an introduction to the walk audit concept and conduct an actual one hour walk audit. Dress comfortably! We will be walking!
- Discover the philosophy of walkability
- Learn the technical aspects of walkability: ADA, lighting, crossings, barriers
- Understand the tools of mobility and safety
- Limitations/opportunities of city planning and policy
Walkability experts from Alta Planning + Design:
Hannah Day-Kapell, Senior Associate
Don Kostelec, AICP, Senior Associate
Walk, don’t run? Advancing the state of the practice in pedestrian demand modeling
Motivated by policy questions around climate change, health impacts, safety, and quality of life, there have been significant advances in the development and application of non-motorized demand modeling in the last ten years.
This has been facilitated by the increasing availability of travel behavior data and detailed information on the quality of the pedestrian environment. This workshop will convene key researchers and practitioners to review these modeling improvements, discuss key challenges for bringing research to practice, and plan for the next phase of research and tool development.
- Discuss key challenges and opportunities in pedestrian modeling and overview the state of the practice
- Identify data needs and opportunities to improve models
- Learn how to determine the appropriate scale to represent pedestrian networks and other attributes
- Forecast model data inputs, link model outputs to health impacts and safety, improve the sensitivity of tools
- Identify and prioritize next steps to improve practice
Community Engagement: Strategies to design your path to success
The first Core Value of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) says that “Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process.”
At the same time, research shows that decisions require stronger public support when there are potential long term impacts and/or large financial investments at stake.
In this half-day workshop, learn how to create meaningful engagement for more equitable, enduring, and supported plans, projects, and programs that involve stakeholders at the right levels of participation. Through small group work, workshop attendees will:
- Address real scenarios to explore public involvement strategies and tools
- Learn to use a framework for writing a sophisticated, doable and effective public involvement plan
Systemic Safety Analysis: A comprehensive method for safety planning and implementations
In 2015, 450 people died in transportation-related crashes in Oregon. Think about it: every day, at least one person in Oregon is killed while using our road network. This doesn’t even include the number of people who are also seriously injured. We know this is too many people, and we know we need to do something about it.
Historically, we have focused our analysis and funding on reducing crashes and injuries at “high crash locations.” Recently we added Systemic Safety Analysis to our analytical toolbox. Systemic safety analyses focus on identifying risk factors common to sites with crashes, identifying other locations with the same risk factors, developing a set of countermeasures for mitigating the risks, and developing a program for implementing the countermeasures. According to the FHWA Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool, systemic safety analysis involves “widely implemented improvements based on high risk roadway features correlated with specific crash types. The approach provides a more comprehensive method for safety planning and implementations.” This approach complements a traditional site-specific safety analysis.
In this workshop we will provide an overview of systemic safety analysis, present applications of systemic safety analysis in Oregon, discuss the second implementation of the ODOT All Roads Traffic Safety program, and provide an example of data mining and analysis in support of systemic analysis.
Beth Wemple, HDR
Data Analysis Refresher
This workshop is geared towards practitioners who might need a refresher on standard transportation data analysis or for managers who are reviewing technical content. The workshop will also review how to effectively communicate technical data to a nontechnical audience.