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What if your bicycle could warn you that a car is coming from a side street you can't see? Or let you know that your front tire is getting a little low, or that you're approaching a pothole that wasn't there yesterday? A NITC research project led by John MacArthur of Portland State University explores how connected vehicle (CV) technologies could encourage an increase in bicycling. As CV technology moves forward in the rest of the transportation system—with buses and connected streetcars requesting early green lights from the traffic signals, and cars chatting with each other about their locations and trajectories—there may be perks in this growing interconnected system that can benefit bicyclists, too.

TREC at Portland State University
September 2019
If Bikes Could Talk: Would Connected Vehicle Tech Get More People Riding?
What if your bicycle could warn you that a car is coming from a side street you can't see? Or let you know that your front tire is getting a little low? A NITC research project led by John MacArthur of Portland State University explores how connected vehicle (CV) technologies could encourage an increase in bicycling. As CV technology moves forward in the rest of the transportation system—with buses and streetcars requesting early green lights from traffic signals, and cars chatting with each other about their locations and trajectories—there may be perks in this growing interconnected system that can enable people to ride bikes who currently aren't, for a wide variety of reasons.
Fall Slate of Friday Transportation Seminars
11:30 AM on Fridays at Portland State University
The fall term starts next week at PSU, and we're ready with the new line-up of Friday Transportation Seminars. We're in a brand new PSU building next week: in room B-128 of 724 SW Harrison Street. The speaker roster includes Anna Dearman, City of Vancouver; Offer Grembek, SafeTREC; David Berrigan, NIH, Michael Manville, UCLA; Scott Cohen, PBOT; Michael Schwartz, Ride Report; Dongho Chang, City of Seattle and more. They'll speak on topics ranging from equity in congestion pricing to partnerships in multimodal data. You can register (for free) ahead of time to watch each seminar online, or simply show up at 11:30 on a Friday and take a seat.
Tomorrow's seminar is the next iteration of our partnership with PBOT: "Our Young People and the Gateway to Opportunity" with Jonnie Ling of Community Cycling Center. See you tomorrow (or online!) in PSU's Karl Miller Center (Room 465)
Ann Niles Active Transportation Luncheon: Angie Schmitt and the "Pedestrian Safety Crisis"
11:30 AM on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Portland State
Registration opened just yesterday for our 2019 Ann Niles Luncheon Lecture at PSU, and it's already 50% sold out. Capacity for this event is limited, so be sure and snag yourself a ticket soon! Journalist Angie Schmitt, formerly of Streetsblog USA, will be talking about her upcoming book on the pedestrian safety crisis in America and how to reduce dependence on cars, prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths, and improve conditions for walking, biking, and transit. Angie has been reporting on the movement for sustainable transportation for nine years and her book is due out from Island Press in fall of 2020.
PSU Student Spotlight: MURP 2019 Cathedral Park Project
RowanWood Planning Group, made up of PSU MURP students Chad Tucker, Erik Memmott and Ian Clancy, set out to form recommendations on how to improve the walking, biking, rolling, and transit connections in the Cathedral Park neighborhood by balancing feedback from the community with the expertise of planners, developers, and engineers. The result is a tool that their client, the Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association, can use to more effectively advocate for projects from PBOT, ODOT, and Metro. Government agencies can use the results of the team's community engagement to tailor their own project prioritization and public outreach efforts.
TRANSPORTATION AT PORTLAND STATE
PARTNER UPDATES
OAPA Campus Planning Mobile Workshop: The Oregon APA is hosting a mobile workshop focused on campus planning at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) on Friday, September 27.

Wes Kumfer and Libby Thomas of the UNC Road Safety UTC were named as this year's winners of the Patricia F. Waller Award for their paper "Midblock Pedestrian Crash Predictions in a Systemic, Risk-Based Pedestrian Safety Process."

2019 OAPA Annual Planning Conference: Registration is open for the Oregon APA's annual conference in Eugene, Oregon. The event will bring together over 300 academics and practitioners from around the Pacific Northwest. October 24–25.

WSDOT's 5th Annual Innovations and Partnerships in Transportation Conference: Registration is now open and Seleta Reynolds of LADOT will deliver the keynote at this WSDOT conference in Tacoma, Washington on November 21.

Volunteer for School Bike Safety Rides with StreetTrust: The 2019 bike safety education season is underway at schools in Portland. StreetTrust needs your help to support kids to have a fun, safe community ride to cap their bike safety experience.

Save the Date for Yimbytown 2020: The 3-day national convening of the pro-housing "yes in my backyard" movement, hosted by Sightline Institute and Portland: Neighbors Welcome, will be held in Portland, Oregon on April 2–4, 2020.
UPCOMING TREC EVENTS

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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