We set out to document the current state of equity programming for bike share systems in the U.S., and in the process create a resource that people can look to. What is the range of possible approaches? How do we begin to evaluate success and whether a bike share program has achieved their equity goals? Our hope is that this report provides a road map for cities and operators just starting to grapple with questions of equity, as well as offer fresh ideas and innovative case studies for those who have already taken the first steps in prioritizing equity in their bike share systems.

TREC at Portland State University
July 2019
New Report Offers Nationwide Scan of Bike Share Equity Programs and Metrics
Authored by Stefani Cox, Better Bike Share Partnership
This week we released a new research report comparing equity-oriented programs across several U.S. bike share systems. The research finds a variety of methods in place, ranging from affordability to internal hiring practices and beyond. The report is assisted by Toole Design, and funded in part by the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP). We looked at equity in station siting and bike availability, payment, marketing, bike types, community programming, internal operations, and transit integration. In the coming months we will release 2-page briefs pulled from the study. (Photo credit: Ian Sane)
Friday Transportation Seminar: The Datafication of Cycling – Effects and Opportunities at the Intersection of Industry and Policy
Friday, Aug 16: Join in person at PSU or watch online
Visiting TREC Scholar Shaun Williams of Brighton University is seeking to understand how volunteered app data, provided by cyclists, are used to inform transportation planning practice and policy. There is an emerging body of academic work calling for digital aspects of cycling—such as app data—to be considered by transportation authorities. His project builds upon these contributions and asks: Are new forms of cycling data contributing to increased cycling provision and infrastructure?
From the Blog: A Case for Bike Boulevards
by Dr. Jennifer Dill, Director of TREC
Let me be clear, this is not an either/or debate. We need both bike boulevards on low-volume streets and protected bike lanes on busier streets if we expect to increase cycling rates significantly, along with bike signals, bike boxes, and other intersection treatments. Over half of my daily commute is on one of Portland’s many bicycle boulevards. It’s the most relaxing part of my ride. I get to enjoy the neighborhood sights without the worry of people driving too close or turning in front of me. While my story is an anecdote, at PSU we have developed a body of quantitative, statistically significant evidence that bike boulevards are a good thing for cities.
Hear more from Dr. Jennifer Dill on the importance of safe bikeways in Active Mobility for All Ages and Abilities: Policy, Community Investment, and Design at our 11th annual Transportation and Communities Summit at PSU (Sept. 19 - 20).
PSU Student Spotlight: Katherine Keeling
"Evaluation of Bus-Bicycle and Bus/Right Turn Traffic Delays and Conflicts"
Katherine Keeling, recently graduated civil engineering student, presented her research at the 2019 meeting of TRB. She is the lead author on a paper published last month in the Transportation Research Record - co-written by Travis Glick, Miles Crumley, and Miguel Figliozzi. This research contributes a novel categorization of mixed traffic conflicts, methodology to estimate annual bus-bicycle conflicts, and regression results identifying statistically significant sources of delay. This new analysis of high-traffic, multimodal arterials can reveal patterns and insights useful in developing future design guidelines.
Understanding Stated Neighborhood Preferences: The Roles Of Lifecycle Stage, Mobility Style, And Lifestyle Aspirations: A new article in Travel Behaviour & Society by Steven Gehrke, Patrick Singleton and Kelly Clifton.

Portland Mercury: The Case for a Fareless TriMet: Aaron Golub, Director of the PSU Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, weighs in on the concept of a fareless transit system in Portland.

Seattle Times: Seattle Could Be Next To Try Dutch-Style Bike-Friendly Intersection Design: Chris Monsere, principal investigator of an upcoming study on protected bicycle intersections, shares insights on cyclist comfort and safety perspectives.

Introducing New TREC Staffers: Our team has grown! In recent months we've welcomed Brendan Williams, Research & Grants Program Administrator, and Maria Sorcia Sandoval, Student Office & Events Administrator. Interested in joining the team? We're hiring an Events & Office Coordinator. Apply to join if you want to support multimodal research and education and have a knack for spreadsheets and event logistics.
Oct 15: Ann Niles Lecture (SAVE THE DATE)! Angie Schmitt of Streetsblog on "The Pedestrian Safety Crisis in America"

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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