Friday Transportation Seminar: Challenges and Considerations for Travelers Who Have Visual Impairments: What Can You Do to Support Their Independence?

Friday, June 28, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Penny Rosenblum, Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, University of Arizona

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With the start of 2019, we're changing it up a bit! The seminar will be delivered 11:30 am (sharp) - 12:30 pm, with additional discussion over coffee and donuts afterwards. You can also watch online.

LOCATION

This seminar will be held in Room 180 of the Karl Miller Center.

THE TOPIC

People who have a visual impairment face some unique challenges when it comes to travel. What strategies can they use to bicycle safely? How do they orient and travel in unfamiliar communities? How does signage, lighting and other environmental characteristics affect their use of vision, hearing, and other senses during travel? What do they consider when selecting a travel option? After exploring some of these challenges, we will discuss considerations those designing and supporting travel infrastructures may reflect on so that travel options are user friendly and accessible to those with a variety of visual impairments.

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GIS Day Camp at Portland State University

Monday, July 8, 2019, 10:00am PDT to Friday, July 12, 2019, 4:00pm PDT
Transportation Training for High School Girls - GIS Day Camp at Portland State University

 

OVERVIEW

Maps have been used for centuries to help humans understand our world. In contemporary times, we use a mapping technology known as “GIS”, which stands for Geographic Information Science. GIS is rooted in the science of geography, and uses many of the same skills of ancient map makers, now enhanced by the use of state of the art digital technology and software. Join us at this one week day camp for high school girls to become familiar with GIS by creating and interpreting maps and doing spatial analysis, using data from the City of Portland to visualize some compelling urban transportation issues.

The day camp, held in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) lab of PSU’s Engineering Building, consists of lectures, instruction sessions, field work, and applied activity all related to GIS and transportation issues. The class will have a special focus on transportation equity and accessibility for all. Students will be introduced to fundamental topics around transportation such as safety, infrastructure, accessibility, and equity. They will also learn geographic concepts such as latitude and longitude, scale, and map elements, as well as the basics of ArcGIS — importing data, exploring spatial databases, and visualizing data in different ways through map design. Students will get to make their own print and interactive web maps using data from their city and neighborhoods.

The camp also includes a field trip where students will...

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Webinar: Contextual Guidance at Intersections for Protected Bicycle Lanes

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT
NITC Webinar featuring Chris Monsere and Nathan McNeil of Portland State University

OVERVIEW

Separated bike lanes have become increasingly common around the United States as cities seek to attract the new riders, including people who want to ride but limit their riding because they do not feel comfortable riding with motor vehicle traffic. Planners and engineers are working to identify contextually appropriate, safe, and comfortable designs for intersection locations, where bicyclist paths cross the paths of turning vehicles as well as cross-traffic. This research employed a combination of user surveys and simulations to anticipate expected bicyclist and turning vehicle interactions and bicyclist comfort based on design type and volumes. Findings examine which types of intersection designs, ranging from protected intersection and bike signals to mixing zones, are most comfortable for a range of cyclists, while taking into account expected motor vehicle traffic. This project will provide valuable information to cities as they seek to include comfort-based factors into design selection criteria – an endeavor that may be essential to attracting the coveted Interested but Concerned riders.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand the design selection options for separated bike lanes at intersections.
  • Understand the research team’s approach to assessing the anticipated comfort of current cyclists and non-cyclists, were they to ride...
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National Summer Transportation Institute 2019 at Portland State University

Sunday, July 14, 2019, 12:00pm PDT to Saturday, July 20, 2019, 2:00pm PDT

 

OVERVIEW

This one-week residence camp offers any student entering the 9–12 grade who identifies as female an immersive introduction to the workings of the Portland transportation system.

Half of each day is spent in the classroom hearing from PSU faculty and guest lecturers from ODOT, the FHWA, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, the Port of Portland, and various other public and private transportation agencies that operate in the Portland metro area.

The other half is spent outside, in field tours of Portland’s transportation infrastructure and public spaces. Planners, engineers and designers come from all over the country to see Portland’s unique transportation system in action, and researchers use it as a testing ground for the most innovative solutions in safety, sustainability and livable efficiency. 

Students will work in groups to solve a real-world transportation problem and use the skills they have gained to present a solution at the end of the camp.

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IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design

Monday, July 15, 2019, 8:00am PDT to Friday, July 19, 2019, 1:00pm PDT
IBPI Workshop at Portland State University - Comprehensive Bikeway Design

This summer we're hosting two workshops through our program, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI). Learn about the other: Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses (June 20–21)

COURSE OVERVIEW

As communities have put bikeway plans into effect, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t -- how to plan effectively, design correctly and make investments that get results. We’ve distilled those lessons into this course, which covers the fundamentals of bikeway design and planning through an intensive week of interactive classroom, field tours, and design exercises. 

Instructors draw from their years of experience, along with project examples, to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. The pioneers and leading practitioners in the field will teach the fundamentals of bikeway 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...

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Webinar: Aging in Place: Improving Mobility for Older Adults

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

OVERVIEW

Aging in place can simply be defined as staying in your home as you age; aging in place concerns include mobility, social activities, safety, accessibility, and long term supports and services in one’s neighborhood and society. In order to facilitate aging in place, organizations in Salt Lake County, Utah and the City of Portland, Oregon, provided home modifications to income-qualified older adults that intended to enable aging in place. Such modifications alter individuals’ life-space mobility – a concept recently used by gerontologists and that we introduced to planners – from within one’s home to the broader community. A unique methodological approach taken by researchers merged several existing data collection instruments with additional interview questions of residents who recently received home modifications.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Attendees will better understand the concepts of life space mobility and aging in place as it pertains to home modifications. 
  • Attendees will learn about a unique methodological approach that combined existing instruments with additional interview questions. 
  • Attendees will hear recommendations for researchers, planners, and policymakers that seek to enhance life space mobility and aging in place.

THE RESEARCH

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Friday Transportation Seminar (PBOT Edition): Enhanced Transit Corridors in Portland's Central City

Friday, July 26, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Gabe Graff, PBOT

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With the start of 2019, we're changing it up a bit! The seminar will be delivered 11:30 am (sharp) - 12:30 pm, with additional discussion over coffee and donuts afterwards. You can also watch online.

Periodically, we're teaming up with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to bring you special editions—featuring guest speakers from PBOT—merging our seminar series and the long-standing PBOT Lunch & Learn.

LOCATION

Different room than usual: this seminar will be held in Room 180 of the Karl Miller Center.

THE TOPIC (PBOT EDITION)

Over the past two years, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and TriMet have joined forces to identify, design and build capital and operational treatments to help buses move more quickly and reliably through...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: The Datafication of Cycling – Effects and Opportunities at the Intersection of Industry and Transport Policy

Friday, August 16, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With the start of 2019, we're changing it up a bit! The seminar will be delivered 11:30 am (sharp) - 12:30 pm, with additional discussion over coffee and donuts afterwards. You can also watch online.

THE TOPIC

Info coming soon

SPEAKER

Shaun Williams, School of Applied Social Science, Brighton University

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.\

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Transportation & Communities Summit 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 8:00am PDT to Friday, September 20, 2019, 5:00pm PDT
Transportation and Communities Summit 2019 at Portland State University

Join us at the 11th annual Transportation and Communities Summit 2019 (see full schedule)! This annual event at Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon connects national mobility-focused research to local practice through breakout panel presentations, PechaKucha, posters, and networking between academics and practitioners.

The conference will center around three themes: Intersection of Transportation and Housing / Land Use; New Mobility in Active Transportation; and Multimodal Data: Collecting, Processing, Analyzing, and Using.

This year we’re excited to welcome our keynote Ben Wellington—a data scientist and policy analyst from New York, NY. The founder of I Quant NY, his data analysis has influenced local government policy including changes in NYC street infrastructure, the way New Yorkers pay for cabs and the design of NYC subway vending machines, and his talk on urban data was featured on TEDTalks. He is a contributor to The New Yorker, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the City & Regional Planning program at The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

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Friday Transportation Seminar (PBOT Edition): Our Young People and the Gateway to Opportunity

Friday, September 27, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With the start of 2019, we're changing it up a bit! The seminar will be delivered 11:30 am (sharp) - 12:30 pm, with additional discussion over coffee and donuts afterwards. You can also watch online.

Periodically, we're teaming up with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to bring you special editions—featuring guest speakers from PBOT—merging our seminar series and the long-standing PBOT Lunch & Learn.

THE TOPIC (PBOT EDITION)

The Community Cycling Center has been working with youth through the "Big Jump: Gateway to Opportunity" project. We'll be discussing our exploratory educational model and the ways the project can increase accessibility and opportunity for the youth living and learning in the Gateway neighborhoods.

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