Friday Transportation Seminar: The Next Wave of Abolishing Parking Mandates

Friday, December 2, 2022, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us online or in-person at 11:30 AM. All presentations are recorded and shared on the event page afterwards.


The movement to eliminate parking mandates is having a big moment. This summer, both Oregon and California took statewide action to roll back minimum off-street parking requirements, relegalizing homes and businesses regardless of how many parking spots they have. We’ll take a look at why parking reform is so important, what to expect next in Oregon, and lessons from cities who have already gone all the way to delete this regulation from their zoning code.


  • Overview of Oregon’s upcoming parking reforms adopted by the Land Conservation and Development Commission
  • Case studies from cities that have already repealed parking mandates
  • Narratives to help frame conversations around parking mandates


Catie Gould, Transportation Researcher, Sightline Institute


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Webinar: Individual Wayfinding in the Context of Visual Impairment, Blindness, and Deafblindness

Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00am to 11:00am PST


In this presentation we will highlight our past research on human indoor-outdoor wayfinding on an urban college campus. Our work is aimed at facilitating independent travel for people with blindness and low vision. Our research was funded by two successive grants from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities/US Department of Transportation. One of the central research questions sought to capture wayfinding preferences, information needs, and lived experiences of blind and low-vision pedestrian travelers. The projects afforded close collaboration with external partners, and foremost the American Printing House for the Blind. Our focus in the presentation will be on the discussion of considerations for wayfinding technology, human subject research design, as well findings and lessons learned across the two projects.


  • Foster greater awareness related to the navigation preferences of visually impaired travelers
  • Enable a better understanding of supports for seamless navigation
  • Create familiarity with the Santa Barbara Sense of Direction Scale
  • Share conceptualization of sustainable impacts in cities pertaining to pedestrian mobility


This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at Portland State University, with collaboration and support from the American...

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