Friday Transportation Seminar: An Agent-Based Evacuation Model to Improve Safety in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Friday, April 19, 2019, 11:30am to 1:00pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Haizhong Wang, Oregon State University

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 (protect the planet—bring a mug!) from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. You can also watch online.

THE TOPIC

This seminar will present ongoing research into how integrated social, natural, and engineered systems can improve life safety under threat of multi-hazards. The targeted scenario is a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, threatening communities along 1,000 miles of the US Pacific Northwest coastline. 

Since the mid-1980’s scientific evidence has underscored the possibility of such an extreme event, and it has taken at least another decade or more before public attitudes and policy have begun to adapt to this new hazard. Life safety is a pressing issue for the near-field CSZ tsunami hazard for several reasons.

Friday Transportation Seminar: That Bike is Too Heavy: Merging Bicycling Physics, Human Physiology and Travel Behavior

Friday, May 3, 2019, 11:30am to 1:00pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Alex Bigazzi, University of British Columbia

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 (protect the planet—bring a mug!) from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. You can also watch online.

NEW LOCATION

This seminar will be held in room 605 of the Karl Miller Center, two floors above the usual seminar classroom.

THE TOPIC

Are the Biketown bikes too heavy? Does better gear motivate people to cycle more? How much faster will someone go on an e-bike?

Although urban cycling is widely known as physically active transportation, the actual physics of cycling have been given little attention in transportation engineering and planning. In contrast, the field of sports science has developed detailed data and models of road bicycle performance, but only for sport and racing cyclists.

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Friday Transportation Seminar: How AV Could Shape Our Cities - Research from the Netherlands

Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Dr. Gonçalo Correia, TU Delft University

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 from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. You can also watch online.

This week's seminar is part of a larger celebration of research at Portland State University: Research Week (May 3 - 10, 2019). This week-long series of events is intended to honor and call attention to the exceptional research, including scholarship and creativity, of Portland State University faculty members and students.

THE TOPIC

Automated driving has become a hot topic of research in different fields of science. Despite the great advancements in the vehicle technology itself, researchers are now concerned in figuring out what will be the impacts of these vehicles in life as we know it. These impacts can be rather broad from traffic safety to the economy. In this lecture, Goncalo will focus on the research that...

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

Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:30am to 1:00pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Gabe Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation; Kelly Betteridge, TriMet

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 (protect the planet—bring a mug!) from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. 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)

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 Portland’s increasingly congested Central City. Already the densest concentration of people and jobs in Oregon, Portland’s Central City is...

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Webinar: Engaging Youth to Choose Car-Free Mobility

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

OVERVIEW

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s riders, bikers, walkers, voters, and transportation planners. As more transit agencies begin to offer free fare passes to public middle and high school students, it is important to have good marketing strategy in place to encourage transit usage so they don't miss out on the potential to affect behavior change,

Thus, transit agencies need to develop age-appropriate messaging strategies and tactics that promote youth non-car mobility. 

This webinar will present results from a NITC research project that sought to create and evaluate communication messaging that fosters more positive attitudes, intentions, and behaviors related to transit and other non-car transportation options among Portland youth. 

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand the non-car mobility-related attitudes, intentions, and behaviors of high school and middle school students in various metropolitan areas in Oregon;
  • Identify communication channels and settings that could be most effective with  youth in regards to transportation system information and promotion;
  • Study the data to learn how several existing communication strategy themes promoting non-car mobility were perceived by Oregon youth.

THE RESEARCH...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Can Ridehailing Deliver Equity? Lessons for New Mobility Planning

Friday, May 31, 2019, 11:30am to 1:00pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Anne Brown of University of Oregon

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 (protect the planet—bring a mug!) from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. You can also watch online.

THE TOPIC

Modes including ridehailing, bikeshare, and e-scooters offer the potential to revolutionize how people travel. But as cities and agencies work to integrate these new services into the existing transportation landscape, the equity implications of these modes remain murky.

This talk presents research on ridehail travel and equity from Los Angeles and compares the equity outcomes of ridehailing to the previous status quo embodied by taxis. The research highlights both the promise of new mobility services and the remaining obstacles to delivering equitable access. Findings yields implications for policies that cities and planners can advance to ensure that new travel modes boost mobility for all, not just some, travelers.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

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IBPI Faculty Workshop: Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 8:00am PDT to Friday, June 21, 2019, 5:00pm PDT
IBPI Workshop at Portland State University - Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses

This summer we're hosting three workshops through our program, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI). Learn more: Comprehensive Bikeway Design (July 15–19) and Planning for Active Transportation: If You Build It, Will They Come? (July 21–23).

COURSE OVERVIEW

Hosted every summer since 2012, this two-day course is designed to help transportation planning and engineering faculty integrate bicycle and pedestrian topics into their courses. We focus on a holistic approach to teaching transportation engineering and planning by integrating design for bicycles and pedestrians. You'll gain an understanding of state-of-the art practice as well obtain learning materials and resources to broaden your curriculum and course design.

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Professional Study Abroad 2019: Active Transportation in the Netherlands

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 8:00am PDT to Sunday, June 30, 2019, 6:00pm PDT

Offered through the Intiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at TREC, this 36-credit professional study abroad program presents an introduction to active transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. If you're looking for the two-week version of this course for students, see here.

REGISTER BY APRIL 14, 2019

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Practitioners are invited to attend this one-week study abroad course from June 23–30th. 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...

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Student Study Abroad 2019: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 8:00am PDT to Saturday, July 6, 2019, 5:00pm PDT

Offered through the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at TREC, this four-credit PSU study abroad program (CE 495 / 595) presents an introduction to sustainable transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. If you're looking for the one-week version of this course for practitioners, see here.

WATCH A RECORDED INFO SESSION

Before you apply for the program, check out some frequently asked questions or watch the recent Jan 11, 2019 information session:

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Oregon Summer Transportation Institute 2019 at Portland State University

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 12:00pm PDT to Saturday, June 29, 2019, 2:00pm PDT

 

OVERVIEW

This one-week, coed residence camp offers any student entering the 9–12 grade 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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