Angie Schmitt, the editor of Streetsblog USA and upcoming book author, will be this year's featured speaker at the Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture.

TREC at Portland State University
August 2019
From the Blog: What's Popular in the Top Transportation Journals? A 3-Part Series
by Jennifer Dill, Director of TREC
I was curious what topics are cited most often, so I looked at the top 20 articles for 15 of the top 20 transportation journals and assigned a single topical category to each. Not surprising, autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles and related topics (e.g. adaptive cruise control, collision awareness systems, etc.) came out on top. That was followed by bicycling, including bike share and e-bikes. Research on helmets and head injuries is declining as a focus of bicycle research: Those topics represented about 10% or more of the keywords for most years up to 2007, then dropped dramatically.
Ann Niles Active Transportation Luncheon: Angie Schmitt of Streetsblog USA
11:30 AM on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Portland State
The Pedestrian Safety Crisis in America: Why it's happening -- from SUVs to gentrification -- and what we can do about it. More than 6,000 pedestrians are getting killed every year on American streets, representing an enormous 50 percent increase from the first part of the decade. Angie Schmitt, editor of Streetsblog USA and upcoming book author, will talk about the social trends that are putting people at risk. And why fundamentally, it is a problem of inequity. Traditionally an evening lecture, this year's lecture will be presented in a new daytime luncheon format at Portland State this fall.
Friday Transportation Seminar: Our Young People & the Gateway to Opportunity (PBOT ed.)
11:30 AM on Friday, September 27 at Portland State
Jonnie Ling of the Community Cycling Center has been working with youth through the "Big Jump: Gateway to Opportunity" project. He'll be discussing their exploratory educational model and the ways the project can increase accessibility and opportunity for the youth living and learning in the Gateway neighborhoods. How does exploration drive learning and retention? What are the current conditions and barriers youth face when using active transportation in the neighborhood? How can the Gateway to Opportunity connect the existing infrastructure and improve access for our young people?
Workshop: Cultivating Leadership Skills through the Power of Improv
9 AM - 12 PM on Friday, Sept. 20 w/ Ben Wellington
Can't join us at the Transportation and Communities Summit Day next month, but still want to take a workshop? Try something most have never attempted before -- improvised comedy with TCS keynote and transportation data specialist Ben Wellington. He'll teach you the basic principles of improv: accepting and building on the ideas of others, listening, building self confidence, and spontaneity - critical tools for strong leadership. Planners, engineers, researchers, and students can apply these skills in managing interdisciplinary teams, in effectively communicating at open house forums, presenting research posters, and more.
TREC Research Leads ODOT To Adopt New Traffic Signal Head Specifications: ODOT put into practice research led by Chris Monsere of PSU, providing clarity on protected/permissive right-turn phasing options by including a flashing yellow arrow.

A Look Back at TREC's Summer (It's not over yet!): As we prepare for next month's Transportation and Communities Summit, we invite you to look back at what the summer of 2019 has brought so far. Check out photos from our high school girls transportation camp, our co-ed transportation camp, and our IBPI Bikeway Design and Faculty workshops.

WTS Portland is hosting a luncheon on Sept. 11th on successful contracting, supplier diversity, DBEs and beyond.

Oregon ITE is hosting a luncheon on Sept. 17th on PDX Next where speaker Jennifer Belknap Williamson will be discussing the series of five major development projects at the Portland Airport.

Oregon Walks is hosting STEPtember - a month-long series of free, guided walks in the Portland metro open to the public including trails, walks with GoLloyd, neighbor walks with AARP, a Vision Zero participatory walk and more.

TREC at PSU is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.

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