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Tuesday, June 27 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Active Transportation Research 151: Foundational sources, assessing quality and learning to work with universities

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Transportation professionals want research they can use to enhance active transportation projects, policies, and programs. Up-to-date research has the potential to convert existing knowledge into action and inform public policy and engineering debates. University transportation centers, federal and state agencies and others are replete with state-of-the-art research. But the transfer to practice tends to be slow. Research papers live behind academic journal paywalls or professionals may be unaware of the federal University Transportation Center program or other federal research programs. Additionally, researchers could improve the methods by which we put research into practice and interact with people outside of academia. Practitioners likely never received training on how to assess research quality; making it difficult to know which sources are defendable or applicable. This session seeks to make the missing link between research and practice. The speakers will discuss foundational active transportation research, providing key sources for safety benefits of various investments, the relationship between bicycle and pedestrian volumes and built environment factors and other commonly sought-after research findings. Following this, the speakers will provide guidance on accessing research without University access and assessing research quality. Speakers will explain the University Transportation Center program and other research resources across the United States and describe their research process. In conclusion, speakers will opine on how practitioners can enhance research through data collection, identifying research and guidance needs, participate in study panels and offer to pilot test new resources and share experiences with their peers. Attendees should consider this session a crash course in active transportation research and will leave with resources to bridge the gap between research and practice.

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Kristen Brookshire

Research Associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
As a research associate at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, Kristen contributes to a variety of projects focused on bicycle and pedestrian safety and mobility. She is currently managing a multi-year Safe Routes to School implementation project in W... Read More →
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Madeline Brozen

Associate Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
Madeline is the Associate Director of External Affairs for the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies where she builds strategic partnerships and connects the world of research to practice. She is also the manager of the Complete Streets Initiative and conducts research and evaluation... Read More →

Conor Semler

Senior Planner, Kittleson and Associates
As a senior planner with Kittleson & Associates, Inc., Conor draws on his experience in urban planning, traffic engineering and technical research in complete streets design. Conor is a national leader in the planning and design of innovative bicycle facilities. He was involved in... Read More →

Tuesday June 27, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Louis XVI (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

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