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When buses and bikes share space, it’s complicated. Not only are there safety risks for cyclists, but also potential delays in bus service and stressful navigation for bus operators. The quest to increase bus speeds—and plausibly, ridership—pushes transit agencies to reduce bus delays. Our latest report is the first study in the U.S. to look at bus, bicycle, and automobile interactions and conflicts. PSU researchers observed interactions between buses, bikes and cars at Madison St. and Grand Ave. and focused on two major concerns: the number of bus-bicycle conflicts (as a proxy for safety), and bus delay as a result of these interactions.

TREC at Portland State University
October 2019
Friday Transportation Seminar: Equity and Congestion Pricing
11:30 AM Friday, October 25 at Portland State University
Michael Manville is an associate professor of urban planning at UCLA. Much of his research concerns the tendency of local governments to hide the costs of driving in the property market, through land use restrictions intended to fight traffic congestion. This Friday at PSU, he'll give a presentation on congestion pricing: It's effective, and efficient, but is it fair? One of the biggest concerns surrounding dynamic road charges is that they will harm people with low-incomes. This seminar examines the equity implications of congestion charging, and argues that road pricing can satisfy the demands of both equity and efficiency.
Buses, Bikes, and Right-Turning Cars: Conflicts and Delays at the Transit Stop
When buses and bikes share space, it’s complicated. Not only are there safety risks for cyclists, but also potential delays in bus service and stressful navigation for bus operators. The quest to increase bus speeds—and plausibly, ridership—pushes transit agencies to reduce bus delays. Our latest report is the first study in the U.S. to look at bus, bicycle, and automobile interactions and conflicts. PSU researchers observed interactions between buses, bikes and cars at Madison St. and Grand Ave. and focused on two major concerns: the number of bus-bicycle conflicts (as a proxy for safety), and bus delay as a result of these interactions.
Video of Ann Niles Lecture with Angie Schmitt
Over 120 active transportation professionals, researchers, students, and community members joined us October 15 on the PSU campus to hear journalist Angie Schmitt speak on the pedestrian safety crisis. Miss the lecture, or want to share it with someone? You can watch the recorded video, peruse the slides from Angie's presentation, check out photos from the event or read the recap from BikePortland.org. Past Ann Niles speakers include Elise Roy, Tamika Butler, Vanessa Garrison and Seleta Reynolds, and we're already looking forward to next year's lecture. Want to continue learning on the PSU campus? Our Friday Transportation Seminars are open to the public to attend online or in-person.
Imagining the Future of Montgomery Street
On October 11th the PSU Campus Planning Office, along with local landscape architecture firms, hosted a half-day design charrette on the block of Montgomery Street between Broadway and 6th Ave. The charrette engaged the public and the PSU community on longer-term plans for the street as a car-free space. Last Spring, PSU and PBOT worked together on a successful pilot vehicular closure and pop-up plaza which included performances, art installations, interactive events, and informational tables from campus and community organizations. This fall, the street has been temporarily closed again to vehicles through January 2020 as Campus Planning explores options for a permanent closure with PBOT.
TRANSPORTATION AT PORTLAND STATE
With key federal approval, Portland is ‘full steam ahead’ on bus lane project (BikePortland.org): NITC researchers Jennifer Dill, Chris Monsere and Nathan McNeil are working with Jacobs in the evaluation process of Portland's new "Rose Lane" Project for dedicated bus lanes.

Congratulations to Kelly Clifton—New VP of Research: Transportation researcher and engineering professor Kelly Clifton is now serving as the interim Associate Vice President for Research at Portland State University.

Safer Cities in Reach: Polina Polikakhina, a fourth year civil engineering student at Portland State and winner of the Sharon D. Banks undergraduate WTS scholarship as well as the Nancy Ryles scholarship in 2019, shares her story.

White Cane Safety Day at PSU: Raises Awareness About Laws, Creates Community: Portland State University's College of Education shares a recap of the "White Cane Safety Day" gathering at Portland State University on October 15, 2019.

TREC E-Bike Research in the News: E-bike research from John MacArthur of PSU was recently featured in Willamette Week, the Chicago Tribune, and the Verge.

CERA Small Grants Open to PSU Faculty: The Office of the Provost and the Dean of Urban and Public Affairs will support projects that address key questions about the practice and impact of community engagement. Due November 18, 2019.

PARTNER UPDATES
OATS Proposals Due November 22: StreetTrust is now accepting proposals for workshops, presentations, and panel discussions for the annual Oregon Active Transportation Summit, to be held Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Portland, Oregon.

Call for Applications: Vision Zero for Youth USA Leadership Award: The National Center for Safe Routes to School, FIA Foundation and Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center request applications for the 2020 Award—due by Dec 8, 2019.

Designing a Smarter Street for Portland: Shane Valle, a transportation planner and graduate of PSU's Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program, is featured in the Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) latest video.
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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