Ann Niles Active Transportation Luncheon 2023: "Roadways for People" featuring Lynn Peterson

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 11:30am to 1:30pm PDT
Lynn Peterson, Oregon Metro Council President
PSU Native American Student and Community Center: 710 SW Jackson St., Portland, OR 97201
Each year, the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State brings a world-class speaker to speak on active transportation with the support of the Ann Niles endowment.


Roadways for People: Building Safe, Just and Affordable Communities

When Lynn Peterson began working as a transportation engineer, she was taught to evaluate roadway projects based only on metrics related to driver safety, allowable speed for the highest number of cars, project schedule, and budget. Involving the community and collaborating with peers were never part of the discussion. Today, Peterson is a nationally recognized leader in transportation planning and engineering, known for her approach that is rooted in racial equity, guided by a process of community engagement, and includes collaboration with other professionals. Lynn Peterson will draw from her personal experience and interviews with leaders in the field to showcase new possibilities within transportation engineering and planning.  Join us in a discussion on how to pave the way towards more inclusive communities.


Author of Roadways for People: Rethinking Transportation Planning and Engineering, Lynn Peterson’s career has led her on a journey from building projects to building communities that work for everyone. Lynn’s 30-year-plus transportation career has covered an impressive range of experience. From building and designing roads to serving as an elected and appointed official in both Oregon and Washington, respectively, she has worked on policy and implementation of transportation projects and trained State DOTs on forward-thinking transportation planning processes. Nationally recognized as a transportation and land use integration expert, she understands the pitfalls of being a white urban woman working with communities that are culturally and racially different from her own. She also recognizes that in order to do her best work, she must always strive to keep an open heart and mind in order to understand the perspectives of individuals in her communities.


This lecture includes a catered lunch, and the ticket fee covers that cost. To increase access and remove barriers to participation, we are offering a sliding scale option. Access to learning should be lifelong, participatory, and affordable - please let us know if you need additional support at

  • $10 Luncheon Ticket (Choose this price if you are a student or work for a community-based organization)
  • $25 Luncheon Ticket

Refund Policy: You may cancel your ticket and receive a full refund up until two weeks prior to the event. Refunds close on Wednesday, May 10. You may transfer your ticket to another individual at no cost, at any time.


Photo courtesy of Oregon Metro

The Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture is a unique opportunity to bring world-class thinkers on pedestrian and bicycle issues to Portland State University (PSU) and the active transportation community in the Portland metro region. The annual lecture serves as a legacy to Ann Niles who was a strong advocate for livable neighborhoods, safer pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and served on many transportation-focused boards and committees in Portland. The forum furthers the mission of our Initative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) program to facilitate the exchange of knowledge among scholars, practitioners and community advocates around issues of active transportation. By promoting dialogue across disciplines and interests, this lecture series supports PSU's mission to "let knowledge serve the city."