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I am currently in Montreal as part of a forum of experts invited by the mayor’s office to help the city determine the strongest development potential for a 100+ acre development project (the old horseracing track).
Sure, it exciting to pretend like one is going to Europe for 2 days. But one of the best things I acquired on this trip is the use of a new word from my Francophone colleagues: mixite. Wikipedia tells me, “The diversity in general, refers to the presence or the context of individuals of both genders in a group or a concept. The word specializes in specific contexts: 1. The diversity , training and education together boys and girls in mixed groups. 2. In sociology , we talk about social mix , heterogeneous nature of society .”
…and, based on its use these past two days, I am guessing it can also mean the co-mingling of different items (e.g., people of different socio economic class, different ideas, or even different travel modes). I like it.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is our pleasure to announce that the 2014 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) will be held in Delft, the Netherlands, from Tuesday, June 24, 2014, through Friday, June 27, 2014. Please mark your calendars. Deadlines for full paper submissions will be announced in early 2013. This will be a call for full paper submission with a double-blind peer review process. Selected articles from the symposium will appear in the Journal of Transport and Land Use in 2015. More information regarding the symposium will be posted in the future on the WSTLUR website.
We would like to take this opportunity first to congratulate Professor Kees Maat from Delft University of Technology and Professor Karst Geurs from the University of Twente for their excellent proposal that won the bid. We would also like to thank all the institutions that indicated interest in organizing WSTLUR 2014.
Looking forward to seeing you in Delft.
Kelly Clifton and Ahmed El-Geneidy
The 2012 summer Olympics are less than a week away. Read here to learn about and why London’s cycling culture bikesharing scheme might be comparable to an Olympic sport. According to the author, “nowhere else is a cycling culture so cutthroat, vicious, reckless, hostile, and violently competitive as London’s.”
Further reinforcing the fact that accessibility measures–in this case, Walk Score–are changing the way we live and search for homes:
“Download the new iPhone app to get a Walk Score or find rentals on the go. Finding the perfect place to live or travel is now at your fingertips.”
The bicycle research community will further benefit from the addition of a great researcher with soon to be “PhD” credentials behind her. Krista Nordback of UC Denver Civil Engineering successfully defended her dissertation, ESTIMATING ANNUAL AVERAGE DAILY BICYCLISTS AND ANALYZING CYCLIST SAFETY IN URBAN AREAS.
Using Boulder, Colorado as a case community (mainly because of the wealth of data available), she created a method to estimate annual average daily bicyclists (AADB) and bicyclist safety at intersections.
Krista employed continuous automated bicycle counts to create a statistical model of bicycle use considering external factors, such as temperature, month, and day of the week. This model allowed her to estimate the average daily volume of bicyclists on a given roadway over a year, analogous to Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) for motor vehicles.
Quantifying bicycle use per roadway and path is an important step to assessing which bicycle infrastructure is most used and establishing a baseline for studying other issues such as safety and physical activity. Specifically, she combined use data with bicycle-related collision data to provide a comprehensive assessment of bicyclist safety by infrastructure type (i.e. bicycle lanes, bicycle paths and shared-roadway bicycle routes) at the community level. Let’s wait for the final, final, final version of the dissertation (20 more days) and then further report on the “elevator pitch” take-away conclusions.
Krista provided a guest blog here last month and is also a member of the Active Communities / Transport (ACT) Research Group.
Congratulations, Krista, on a job well done!
Last month I suggested it is not easy being green, for a bike lane. Apparently, it is getting a lot easier–especially if you are one of the 6 focus cities for the new green lane project…though, this effort is a bit more than putting down a bunch of paint. Even the USA Today is on board, complete with a photo of Kelly Clifton (colleague and fellow bicycle researcher) riding alongside Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.