Webinar: Assessing the Impacts of New Mobility on Cities

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am PST


Autonomous vehicles (AVs), e-commerce and the sharing economy are rapidly changing land use and transportation in cities. City leaders and professional planners are wondering how these technologies will change how they plan and operate cities. For the past year, the University of Oregon’s Urbanism Next Center and Sustainable Year Program focused staff and students on helping the cities of Gresham and Eugene better understand the potential impacts of a wide-range of topics and  study a variety of potential responses to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities. These topics include issues related to safety, social equity, active transportation, sustainability and environmental impacts, design and management of the right-of-way, and the metropolitan footprint. In addition, the cities thought about city operations and budgeting and how they can inform decision-making, manage innovation, and consider the fiscal impacts and new mobility revenue.

During this webinar, the Urbanism Next researchers will discuss the research they conducted to help the cities navigate new mobility and emerging technologies. Researchers will discuss how cities are preparing for new mobility and autonomous vehicles in a way that supports goals around land use, active transportation, more equitable forms of travel, and greenhouse gas emissions.


Audience will learn:

  • The potential...
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Info Session on the Summer Study Abroad Program: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 5:00pm to 6:00pm PST


This summer we're hosting two study abroad programs in the Netherlands. Our two-week program focuses on university students, and our one-week program is geared towards professionals in their career.

Join us for an information session (this session can be attended in person or via online broadcast, and will also be recorded for later viewing) on the two-week student study abroad program to learn more about the day-to-day activities and tours in the Netherlands. After a twenty-minute presentation from the program instructor John MacArthur, there will be plenty of time to ask any questions you have about the program, application process, and travel plans. Applications are now open!

JOIN IN PERSON: Attend the info session in person on the Portland State campus in the Karl Miller Center: KMC-605 OIA Classroom (30)

JOIN ONLINE: This session will be recorded and posted online afterwards. It will also be streamed live here: https://...

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Webinar: New Travel Demand Modeling for our Evolving Mobility Landscape

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am PST
New Travel Demand Models


Conventional four-step travel demand models are used by nearly all metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), state departments of transportation, and local planning agencies, as the basis for long-range transportation planning in the United States. A flaw of the four-step model is its relative insensitivity to the so-called D variables. The D variables are characteristics of the built environment that are known to affect travel behavior. The Ds are development density, land use diversity, street network design, destination accessibility, and distance to transit. In this seminar, we will explain how we developed a vehicle ownership model (car shedding model), an intrazonal travel model (internal capture model), and mode choice model that consider all of the D variables based on household travel surveys and built environmental data for 32, 31, and 29 regions, respectively, validates the models, and demonstrates that the models have far better predictive accuracy than Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC)/Mountailand Association of Governments’ (MAG) current models.

In this webinar, researchers Reid Ewing and Sadegh Sabouri will demonstrate the effectiveness of the new travel demand model and how to implement it by integrating it into the traditional four-step process.

Webinar: When Growth Outpaces Infrastructure: A Community-Engaged Assessment of Transportation Gaps

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm PDT
People walking with no sidewalk. Text: Webinar - When Growth Outpaces Infrastructure


This study used a community-engaged interdisciplinary approach to assess the gaps between economic growth and transportation infrastructure development, and the impact of potential gaps on access to opportunities for environmental justice populations within North Central Texas, where population growth has increased over 100% since 2000.

The interdisciplinary team, comprised of social work and civil engineering researchers, in partnership with the regional homeless coalition, measured residents’ perspectives of:

  • the economic growth in the area over the past decade,
  • the extent to which transportation infrastructure has matched the economic growth, and
  • the implications for access to affordable quality housing, employment, quality public education, as well as engagement in cultural and social activities.

The team utilized a mixed-methods (focus groups and survey data), exploratory design to collect responses from a diverse sampling frame. The study results produced an infrastructure profile for the region, in which increased infrastructure from toll ways have improved job and population density, but with major challenges for usage of public transit.

The results can inform public policies that support targeted transportation infrastructure development. Moreover, study results can inform the knowledge base regarding the relationship between economic growth and...

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Mobility Matters 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 8:00am to 5:00pm PDT

Event Overview

Portland State University’s College of Education is excited to reprise this 3rd annual interdisciplinary summit. We invite disability specialists, urban planners, engineers, transportation professionals, students, and community members to discuss the nexus between design, innovation, technology, and access. This year’s themes will focus on Youth Leadership: Growing Interdisciplinary Solutions Through Partnerships and Smart Design = Accessible Design. We’ll explore opportunities for regional coordination across adjacent metropolitan areas, with an emphasis on the Cascadia region.


    General Admission: Full Price: $130 -- Early Bird: $95

    Students: Full Price: $45 -- Early Bird: $30

    Questions? Contact us at omsummit@pdx.edu.

    Student Study Abroad 2020: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

    Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Saturday, July 4, 2020, 5:00pm PDT

    This four-credit (CE 495 / 595) Portland State University course creates an immersive experience to explore the Dutch approach to cycling, transit, innovative mobility and land use. The curriculum will feature material that provides a comparison between U.S. and the Netherlands problems, priorities, and solutions. Specific emphases on planning and engineering principles, policy, and practice will be explored through field trips, tours and guest lectures, while visiting Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, and Houten. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions. This study abroad program will examines how the urban areas and transportation systems of that nation have been designed to promote transportation by foot, bicycle, and public transportation. You'll learn:

    • Design of bikeways, safe pedestrian crossings, and transit systems;
    • Urban expansion and land-use policies to promote travel by foot, bike, and public transport; 
    • Smart cities programs and projects;
    • Roadway system design for safety and to prevent roads from becoming barriers to walking and cycling; 
    • and design for transit priority on roadways and for high-quality rail, tram, and bus service.
    • No previous language study required.
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    Professional Study Abroad 2020: Active Transportation in the Netherlands

    Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Sunday, June 28, 2020, 5:00pm PDT

    Practitioners are invited to attend this one-week, 36-credit study abroad course biking in the Netherlands. Curriculum will compare U.S. and Netherlands problems, priorities and solutions with specific emphasis on design and engineering principles. Leading bicycle professionals responsible for creating and maintaining the Netherlands' world-class bikeway system will teach the Dutch approach to bike and pedestrian planning and design through an intensive week of classroom sessions and tours. The instruction and interaction with other participants will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and teach you the skills and techniques you need to start incorporating Dutch principles into your next project, and adapting them for a North American context.

    Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context
    • Identify various options for treating intersections that incorporate bicycle facilities
    • Network with international experts from the various facets of bikeway design
    • Leverage land uses to better support active transportation
    • Feel rejuvenated and excited to go back to work and make an impact!
    • No previous language study required.
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