There is an untapped potential for bicyclists in the "Interested but Concerned" crowd, but they hit barriers to jumping on. Enter lane right: the e-bike. Researchers behind the LEVER initiative have come out with two new white papers examining the impact of e-bike mode shift on CO2 emissions reduction and how to get there with incentive programs.

TREC at Portland State University
May 2019
The E-Bike Potential: Addressing Our Climate Crisis by Incentivizing Active Transportation
There is an untapped potential for bicyclists in the "Interested but Concerned" crowd, but they hit barriers to jumping on. Enter lane right: the e-bike. Researchers behind the LEVER initiative, John MacArthur and Mike McQueen of PSU and Christopher Cherry of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, found that wider adoption of e-bikes might be the answer. They explore the potential effects of that mode shift on carbon emissions, as well as how to incentivize widespread adoption of e-bikes in two new white papers: Estimating the Effect of E-bikes On Person Miles Travelled and Greenhouse Gas Emissions and How E-Bike Incentive Programs are Used to Expand the Market.
Bike Counter Survey: Call For Research Input
Researchers at PSU, University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Toole Design Group are conducting a scan to identify locations where bicycle counts are taking place around North America, and need your help. They're seeking to understand how emerging data sources (like app-based trip loggers, passive big-data sources and other newly available data sources) can be combined with bicycle counts to better estimate bicycle volumes on a network (read more about this Pooled Fund project). Do you collect bike count data or oversee counts in your jurisdiction? Take this quick survey and tell us about your: permanent automated counters, short-duration automated counters, and manual counting programs.
TREC Adopts the Better Block PDX "PSU Project Pathway" and Celebrates Tonight
Better Block PDX, a public spaces advocacy nonprofit, has spent the last four years working with PSU students to develop design and implementation plans for community-driven transportation projects. The annual PSU Project Pathway program empowers PSU students and the greater Portland community to collaborate on low cost, transportation projects to serve neighborhood needs. Seeking to be more closely aligned with PSU's transportation community, the Better Block PDX program at PSU has been adopted by TREC. Join us tonight (Thurs, May 23rd at Bike Farm) in celebrating this new partnership and the many years of initiatives behind Better Block.
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presenting research on public transportation
Friday Transportation Seminar: Challenges and Considerations for Travelers Who Have Visual Impairments
L. Penny Rosenblum, University of Arizona (June 28 at PSU)
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 travel options? We will discuss considerations those designing and supporting infrastructure may reflect on in order to support their travel independence and mobility.
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 young professionals through education.
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