Friday Transportation Seminar (PBOT Edition): The Portland E-Scooter Experience

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Friday, February 1, 2019, 11:30am to 1:00pm PST
Briana Orr, Portland Bureau of Transportation; John MacArthur, TREC at Portland State University
Karl Miller Center at PSU, 615 SW Harrison St., Room 465
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With the start of 2019, we're changing it up a bit! The seminar will be delivered 11:30 am (sharp) - 12:30 pm, with additional discussion over coffee and donuts (protect the planet—bring a mug!) from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. You can also watch online.

Periodically, as part of this new format, we're teaming up with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to bring you special editions—featuring guest speakers from PBOT—merging our seminar series and the long-standing PBOT Lunch & Learn.


Miss the seminar or want a look back?


Portland's E-Scooter Pilot made national news for its proactive and data-driven approach to exploring the role of e-scooters in our transportation system. One of the first cities to implement a comprehensive data sharing agreement with e-scooter providers, Portland now has a lot of findings to share. This Friday Seminar will dive into both the data collected and the experiences of Portlanders during the pilot. We’ll discuss what worked well, unexpected findings, and considerations for future new mobility pilots. Download the E-Scooter Findings Report (released Jan 2019) here.


  • Understand the potential of e-scooters to help meet Portland transportation goals 
  • Learn about barriers and challenges Portlanders experienced during the pilot
  • See analysis of trip, observation, and survey data and the connection between Portland's low-stress street network and e-scooter route choice


Briana Orr, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Briana Orr is the E-Scooter Pilot Project Manager and Bike Share Coordinator at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Briana’s work centers on making active transportation convenient, fun, and normal. Prior to PBOT, Briana worked in Seattle as Cascade Bicycle Club’s Communication Manager, and secured seed funding for bike share in Eugene as University of Oregon’s first professional Bike Coordinator.

John MacArthur, Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)

John MacArthur is the Sustainable Transportation Program Manager for the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. He currently manages a complex Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant to Develop and Test an Emergency Transportation Recovery Plan for the Portland, Oregon Region. This project requires close coordination and collaboration with a variety of public agency partners including city of Portland emergency management and transportation bureaus in addition to transit and other agencies critical to the region’s emergency transportation recovery efforts. In addition, this project is creating national training program that will be tested in six cities in early 2018. MacArthur is the Principal Investigator for TREC's electric bicycle research initiatives.

Jennifer Dill, PhD, Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)

Director of TREC and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), Jennifer is also a professor of urban studies and planning. Currently serving as Interim Vice President of Research at Portland State University, she is an internationally cited researcher on sustainable transportation. Among her research projects are Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S., Understanding Types of Cyclists Nationally, Pedestrian Observation and Data Collection Curriculum and more.


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is a community partner in shaping a livable city. They plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. PBOT keeps Portland moving.

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University 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.