TREC / Forth Partner Webinar: E-Bikes for Everyone: Electrifying Communities in New Ways

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

 

OVERVIEW

Electric bicycle (e-bike) use is a rising phenomenon in North America. In 2018, John MacArthur of Portland State University conducted a national survey to understand issues facing e-bike owners. Reducing physical exertion, conquering challenging topography and replacing car trips are a few of the most important reasons for buying an e-bike. The electric assist of the e-bike helps to generate more trips, longer trips and different types of bicycle trips. Through analysis it also became evident that e-bikes are making it possible for more people to ride a bicycle, many of whom are incapable of riding a standard bicycle or don’t feel safe doing so.

In 2017, Forth launched the Community Electric Bike Project, which was designed to test the benefits of e-bikes for individuals who live in underserved communities and lack access to frequent transit services in Portland, Oregon. In partnership with the Community Cycling Center and ...

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Data Science Course - Part 1: Introduction to Scientific Computing for Planners, Engineers, and Scientists

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 9:00am PDT to Friday, April 5, 2019, 5:00pm PDT
Data Science Course, Part 1: Introduction to Scientific Computing for Planners, Engineers, and Scientists with Tammy Lee and Joe Broach

For the third year, we're hosting our two-part data science course in Portland, OR. You can register for one part or the other– or attend both at a discount: Data Science Course - Part 2: Intermediate Scientific Computing for Planners, Engineers, and Scientists

Did you ever feel you are “drinking from a hose” with the amount of data you are attempting to analyze? Have you been frustrated with the tedious steps in your data processing and analysis process and thinking, “There’s gotta be a better way to do things”? Are you curious what the buzz of data science is about? If any of your answers are yes, then this course is for you.

Classes will all be hands-on sessions with lecture, discussions and labs. Participants can choose to sign up for one or both courses. For more information, download the syllabus (PDF)This course was developed as part of a NITC education project: Introduction to Scientific Computing for Planners, Engineers, and Scientists.

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Deriving Lane-level Insight from GPS Data: Innovations for Traffic & Autonomous Driving

Friday, April 5, 2019, 11:30am to 1:00pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring James Fowe, HERE Technologies

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

With the on-going disruption of the transportation industry and rapid advancement in ITS technologies; emerging smart cities, navigation systems and autonomous transportation, the need for highly accurate geospatial localization has never been more crucial. These technologies demand that we have more granular location information of vehicles not just on a road, but to a specific lane on the road. 

This presentation will give a pedagogical style summary and overview of some of the on-going research work at HERE Technologies and how we have pushed the state-of-the-art in lane-localization of noisy GPS probe data using novel Machine Learning Algorithms and how some of these innovations is being applied to power new products for real-time traffic, routing and navigation systems, maps for autonomous vehicles,...

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Data Science Course - Part 2: Intermediate Scientific Computing for Planners, Engineers, and Scientists

Monday, April 8, 2019, 9:00am PDT to Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 5:00pm PDT
Data Science Course - Part 2: Intermediate Scientific Computing for Planners, Engineers, and Scientists with Tammy Lee and Joe Broach

For the third year, we're hosting our two-part data science course in Portland, OR. You can register for one part or the other– or attend both at a discount: Data Science Course, Part 1: Introduction to Scientific Computing for Planners, Engineers, and Scientists

Did you ever feel you are “drinking from a hose” with the amount of data you are attempting to analyze? Have you been frustrated with the tedious steps in your data processing and analysis process and thinking, “There’s gotta be a better way to do things”? Are you curious what the buzz of data science is about? If any of your answers are yes, then this course is for you.

Classes will all be hands-on sessions with lecture, discussions and labs. Participants can choose to sign up for one or both courses. For more information, download the syllabus (PDF). This course was developed as part of a NITC education project: Introduction to Scientific Computing for Planners, Engineers, and Scientists.

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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.

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.

What can we learn about utilitarian cycling by integrating knowledge of the physical attributes of bicycles and cyclists?

This seminar examines the ways in which bicycle physics, and the physiology of cyclists, can influence outcomes of interest to transportation professionals, from speed...

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Friday Transportation Seminar (PBOT Edition): Enhanced Transit Corridors in Portland, Oregon

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)

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SPEAKERS

Gabe Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Gabirle Graff is the Capital Project Manager at the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Kelly Betteridge, TriMet

Kelly Betteridge is TriMet's Manager of Capital Planning.

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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 MARCH 31, 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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