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Cyclists’ safety, stress, and comfort affect the routes they choose. Some have tried to categorize cyclists’ levels of traffic stress utilizing data that can be directly measured in the field, such as the number of motorized travel lanes, motorized vehicle travel speeds, and type of bicycle infrastructure.

TREC at Portland State University
March 2019
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Mobility Matters 2019 Summit: Disciplines Meet at the Nexus of Transportation and Disability
Speakers from PSU and around the country shared their lived experiences and innovative mobility technologies at last week's summit. Hosted in partnership with the College of Education, attendees held interactive 3D printed tactile maps (large one coming soon to PSU), learned the potentials of 'Smart Paint' for sidewalks and streets to signal smart canes for the visually impaired, and tested apps that do everything from alert traffic signals to a pedestrian’s unique mobility needs to providing verbal indoor maps. One app, pathVu, measures and maps the accessibility of sidewalks including the slope, roughness and distance to the curb to help prioritize improvements.
Modeling the Impact of Traffic Conditions and Bicycle Facilities On Cyclist Stress Levels
Cyclists’ safety, stress, and comfort levels greatly affect the routes they choose. Their levels of traffic-induced stress can be categorized through data that is directly measured in the field, such as the number of motorized travel lanes, motorized vehicle travel speeds, and type of bicycle infrastructure. PSU researchers Miguel Figliozzi and Alvaro Caviedes used a novel approach in this study: real-world, on-road measurements of physiological stress as cyclists travel across different types of bicycle facilities at peak and off-peak traffic times—second-by-second without interfering with their behavior or asking them about their (potentially biased) perception of the trip.
Data Science Course: Scientific Computing for Planners, Engineers, and Scientists
Intro: April 3 - 5, 2019
Intermediate: April 8 - 10, 2019
Tammy Lee and Joe Broach at Portland State University

Been tasked with analyzing large amounts of data in your work? Now in its 3rd year, this multi-day data science course will break down the tedious steps in data processing. Based in curriculum research done at Portland State, instructors will get hands on with a small group of practitioners and agency professionals. Register for just the Intro class or Intermediate– or attend both parts at a discount. Open to both students and professionals, we have about ten seats left in the course this April.
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Friday Transportation Seminars at PSU
Deriving Lane-level Insight from GPS Data: Innovations for Traffic & Autonomous Driving
James Fowe, HERE Technologies on April 5th
With the on-going disruption, rapid advancement in ITS technologies, and emerging smart cities, navigation systems and AV, the need for highly accurate geospatial localization is critical.
An Agent-Based Evacuation Model to Improve Safety in the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Haizhong Wang, Oregon State University on April 19th
How can integrated social, natural, and engineered systems improve safety under threat of multi-hazards? Wang will focus on a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on the PNW coast.
Three PSU Transportation Students Win WTS Portland 2018 Scholarships

Three Portland State University students from the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Nohad Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning received 2018 WTS Portland scholarships: Stephanie Lonsdale, Polina Polikakhina, and Sabina Roan. Each year, the Portland Chapter of WTS grants scholarships to assist exceptional women in their educational pursuits in the field of transportation. The scholarships are competitive and based on the student's specific goals, academic achievements, and transportation related activities.
TRANSPORTATION AT PSU UPDATES
PARTNER UPDATES
  • ITE OREGON: SUMMER GOITE WORKSHOP: Save the date June 14th in Eugene, OR - local ITE chapter will be hosting their annual deep-dive workshop.
  • OREGON ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT: Early bird closes today for the annual three-day event in Portland, OR, hosted by our partner The Street Trust. Multiple PSU researchers, including John MacArthur, Hau Hagedorn, Lisa Bates, and Amy Parker, will be presenting the at the summit. (April 24 - 26)
  • SUNDAY PARKWAYS 2019: The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has launched its 2019 summer schedule of Open Streets events, with the first one happening in Southeast Portland May 19th.
UPCOMING TREC EVENTS
Sept 19–20: Transportation & Communities Summit 2019 (CFP closes Mon, March 25)

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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