Webinar: Land Use Mix and Pedestrian Travel Behavior: Advancements in Conceptualization and Measurement

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Smart growth policies have often emphasized the importance of land use mix as an intervention beholding of lasting urban planning and public health benefits. Past transportation-land use research has identified potential efficiency gains achieved by mixed-use neighborhoods and the subsequent shortening of trip lengths; whereas, public health research has accredited increased land use mixing as an effective policy for facilitating greater physical activity.

However, despite the celebrated transportation, land use, and health benefits of improved land use mixing and the extent of topical attention, no consensus has been reached regarding the conceptualization and measurement of this key smart growth principle or the magnitude of its link to walking. This research, comprising three empirical studies, explores this topic in detail.

This webinar will provide attendees with greater specificity in the measurement of land use mix and its connection to pedestrian travel behavior.

Webinar: Breaking Barriers to Bike Share: Insights on Equity

Thursday, August 31, 2017, 10:00am to 11:30am PDT

While the number of public bike share systems in the United States grew considerably in recent years, early evidence indicated that many systems were not serving the diverse populations of cities, particularly lower-income residents and people of color. Lack of bike share stations in neighborhoods with people of color and/or lower incomes is one factor; however, considerable disparities appear to persist even when stations are placed in these communities.

Efforts to overcome access and use barriers (such as cost, payment options, and familiarity with the system) to bike share for underserved communities have been initiated in a number of cities. The Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP) has been working with cities around the country to launch and test potentially replicable approaches to improve the equity outcomes. These have included focused outreach efforts and bike share investments in low-income and underserved communities in several cities.

This webinar will discuss findings from a survey of people living in lower-income communities of color in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Brooklyn, including many people who are not currently using bike share. These neighborhoods were targeted for outreach related to BBSP programs, and all have bike share stations. The research sought to better understand perceptions and attitudes toward bicycling and bike share, along with the barriers to and opportunities for...

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Webinar: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Smart-Parking Programs

Friday, September 1, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Date may change: This webinar will be held in September 2017; the day is still TBD.

There is little empirical work on the economic and environmental impacts of parking management policies in the U.S. This is largely due to scarce data on parking, including information on types of parking management policies for on- and off-street parking throughout a city. However, recently, cities and mobile applications have begun to leverage sensors and collect parking data. One of the more prominent programs to implement and utilize this relatively new technology is SFpark in San Francisco (SF). The purpose of SFpark is to use demand-responsive pricing to improve parking availability by updating metered and garage prices based off information on parking occupancy. The goal of this research proposal is to understand the relationships among economic and environmental outcomes resulting from SFpark using regression analysis, and of particular interest are three aspects of SFpark: 1) increasing parking availability (a priority goal of SFpark), 2) utilizing variable-priced parking, and 3) implementing metered parking in areas where or during times when it was not used before.

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Transportation and Communities Summit Breakout Sessions

Monday, September 11, 2017, 8:00am to 6:30pm PDT

See below for Monday breakout sessions. For more information, including the Tuesday workshops, visit the main Summit page.

Transportation and Communities Summit: Workshop Day

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 8:00am to 5:00pm PDT

Transportation and Communities Summit

Tuesday, September 12

The day after the Summit, we offer hands-on workshops for those who want to gain new skills and dive deeply into specific subject areas. When registering for the conference, you can add the Workshop Day to your registration. You can also register for a workshop a la carte, without registering for the Summit Day. 

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Webinar: Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks: Understanding the Effects

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

This research explores social identity-related factors that influence drivers’ behaviors in interactions with pedestrians at crosswalks. One dangerous potential point of conflict in our transportation system to pedestrians is interactions with drivers at crosswalks (NHTS, 2003). In 2010, there was one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours and an injury every eight minutes (CDC, 2013). Racial minorities are disproportionately represented in pedestrian fatalities: From 2000 to 2010, pedestrian fatality rates for Black and Hispanic men (3.93 and 3.73 per 100,000) were more than twice the rate of 1.78 for White men (CDC, 2013). If drivers yield differently to Black and White pedestrians at crosswalks, this may lead to disparate crossing experiences and disproportionate safety outcomes. We hypothesize that, similar to other forms of racial discrimination that minorities experience across various domains in society, drivers will exhibit racial bias when making decisions about whether or not to stop for pedestrians waiting to cross the street at a marked crosswalk.

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