April 23, 2010

Overcoming Barriers to Cycling in Low-Income and Minority Communities

Speaker(s)

Dr. Lynn Weigand, Director of the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, Center for Transportation Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University

Abstract

Dr. Weigand will discuss the process and outcomes of a project to reach out to members of minority and low-income communities in Portland to understand their current travel patterns and barriers to bicycling for transportation and recreation. The program, conducted by the Community Cycling Center and the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University, was intended to foster dialogue with community members about bicycling and inform the design of new programs intended to serve these audiences.

Biographical Sketch

Lynn Weigand is Director of the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University.  IBPI conducts applied research and fosters learning that focuses on integrating pedestrian and bicycle travel into our community’s transportation systems.  Her work focuses on encouragement and education program development and evaluation, curriculum development and teaching courses on sustainable development. Lynn holds a Ph.D. in urban studies from Portland State University and a Master’s degree in landscape architecture, with a certificate in urban design, from the University of Washington in Seattle.  She has worked in community planning and transportation with the City of Portland’s Office of Transportation, Livable Oregon and the League of California Cities.