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Friday Transportation Seminar - Measuring Urban Bicyclists' Uptake of Traffic-Related Pollution
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 12:00pm to Friday, February 28, 2014 - 1:00pm

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

Measuring Urban Bicyclists' Uptake of Traffic-Related Pollution

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When: Friday, February 28, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU
Speaker: Alex Bigazzi, PhD candidate, Portland State University
Topic: Measuring Urban Bicyclists' Uptake of Traffic-Related Pollution

Summary: Urban bicyclists’ uptake of traffic-related air pollution is still not well quantified, due to a lack of direct measurements of uptake and a lack of analysis of the variation in uptake. This paper describes and establishes the feasibility of a novel method for measuring bicyclists’ uptake of volatile organic compounds (VOC) by sampling breath concentrations. Early results from the data set demonstrate the ability of the proposed method to generate findings for transportation analysis, with statistically significant exposure and uptake differences from bicycling on arterial versus bikeway facilities for several traffic-related VOC. These results provide the first empirical evidence that the usage of bikeways (or greenways) by bicyclists within an urban environment can significantly reduce uptake of dangerous traffic-related gas pollutants. Dynamic concentration and respiration data reveal unfavorable correlations from a health impacts perspective, where bicyclists’ respiration and travel time are greater at higher-concentration locations on already high-concentration roadways (arterials).

Bio: Alex Bigazzi is a Ph.D. candidate in Transportation Engineering at PSU, where he is also teaching a class on transportation emissions modeling. His dissertation investigates how urban bicyclists' uptake of air pollution while riding is affected by the transportation system. Alex's dissertation committee is chaired by Miguel Figliozzi, with members Jim Pankow, Robert Bertini, and Jennifer Dill.

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