Webinar: Engaging Youth to Choose Car-Free Mobility

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT
National Institute for Transportation and Communities - 2019 Webinar with Autumn Shafer

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 communication 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 car-free 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 car-free transportation options among Portland youth. While there is no "one size fits all" approach, the Portland-based findings may yield insights that could be adapted for application in other regions.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand the car-free mobility-related attitudes, intentions, and behaviors of teens in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area;
  • 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 strategic themes promoting car-free...
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Friday Transportation Seminar: Can Ridehailing Deliver Equity? Lessons for New Mobility Planning

Friday, May 31, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm 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 afterwards. 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

  • Ridehail...
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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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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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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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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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Introduce you to professionals in transportation
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Oregon Summer Transportation Institute 2019 at Oregon Tech

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 12:00pm PDT to Saturday, June 29, 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 transportation systems and engineering.

Half of each day is spent as a seminar, in the classroom hearing from Oregon Tech faculty and guest lecturers from Blue Zones Project, the Basin Transit Service, the Klamath County Public Works, City of Klamath Falls, and various other public and private transportation agencies that operate in the Klamath Basin area. The other half is spent outside, in field tours of area transportation infrastructure and public spaces.

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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Introduce you to professional women in transportation
  • Learn about the broad range of transportation careers and sectors
  • Understand the social justice and equity issues within transportation and how it relates to you, your family and your neighborhood
  • Introduce you to transportation systems in Portland and become familiarized with Portland State University’s Campus.

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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.

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.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

  • Understand the unique transportation challenges faced by people who have a visual impairment;
  • Gain...
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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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