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Friday Transportation Seminar: Trick or Treatment? Impact of Route-Level Features on Decisions to Walk or Bike
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:00pm
Friday Transportation Seminar: Trick or Treatment? Impact of Route-Level Features on Decisions to Walk or Bike

Join us for the PSU Friday Transportation Seminar. The event is free and all are welcome!

Trick or Treatment? Impact of Route-Level Features on Decisions to Walk or Bike 

When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU
Speaker: Joseph Broach, Portland State University
Topic: Impact of Route-Level Features on Decisions to Walk or Bike

Summary: Some travel routes attract people walking and cycling, while others may scare them away. What features of street environments are most important, and how do available routes affect decisions to bike or walk on a specific trip? 


Research to date has focused on either large-scale areal measures like "miles of bike lane nearby" or else has considered only shortest path routes. Neither method is suited to capturing the impact of targeted route-level policies like neighborhood greenways. This session will present a new technique for measuring bike and walk accessibility along the most likely route for a given trip. The method is applied to travel data, and results provide new insight into the relationship between route quality and travel mode choice.

Bio: Joseph Broach is a graduate student in the urban studies & planning department at Portland State University. Interests in transportation and decision making led Joseph to the urban studies Ph.D. program at Portland State. He has worked on research projects related to transportation data and modeling, and helped design the next-generation bicycle model for the Portland region in conjunction with Metro. He received a B.A. in liberal studies and an M.A. in economics from the University of Montana.

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See the full Friday Seminar lineup here.