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Congratulations to Madeline Brozen: 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar

We are proud to announce that Lewis Center Assistant Director and Complete Streets Program Manager, Madeline Brozen, has been named a 2014 Lee Schipper Sustainable Transport Scholar.

Ms. Brozen was one of two scholars selected from among 82 applicants from 26 countries. As a Schipper scholar, she will conduct comparative international research on sustainable street design generally, and multi-modal level of service measures specifically.  Visit TheCityFix blog for a recent interview with Ms. Brozen about her work and the award.

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Recent UCLA Master of Urban Planning Grad Shares Client Project Experience

By: Tim Black, UCLA Master of Urban Planning ’14

A wise person, though surely not one of the pie-in-the-sky figureheads that occupy our profession’s dominant historical narrative, once remarked, “The devil is in the detail.” And so it was amending details of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines that preoccupied me for much of the last year at UCLA and qualified as my Applied Planning Research project.

I assisted the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) on the rollout of Senate Bill 743, which amended the CEQA Guidelines […]

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ACCESS Magazine Wins APA California Award

APA California has announced that ACCESS magazine is the recipient of its 2014 Communications Initiative Award. APA California will officially announce the award at a special brunch ceremony on September 16 at its State Conference, to be held this year in Anaheim at the Disneyland Resort.

ACCESS reports on research at the University of California Transportation Center and presents it in a readable format so it useful for policy makers and planning practitioners. ACCESS was started in 1993 by University […]

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Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor Selected To Chair The Transportation Research Board’s Innovative Urban Mobility Services: Issues And Opportunities Committee

The Transportation Research Board recently named Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor chair of its ad-hoc committee on Innovative Urban Mobility Services: Issues and Opportunities. Professor Taylor will lead the twelve-member committee in examining the growth of new on-demand and peer-to-peer mobility services.

The committee will explore the implications these services have for consumers and existing transportation services. The committee aims to produce a study that identifies policy, regulatory, and other issues that policy makers will need to consider as they regulate these services, including the existing regulatory structure for taxi, limousine, and transit services. Priority […]

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Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor Featured On KCRW Story About The Economic Effects Of Light Rail And Subway Lines

Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor was featured recently in a KCRW radio story about the economic effects of light rail and subway lines. Specifically, the story addresses whether new light rail and subway lines really help revive economically challenged neighborhoods in Los Angeles and spark new development and investment. Listen to the full piece for Professor Taylor’s comments.

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Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor Reveals What’s On His Mind When He’s Stuck In Traffic

Before participating in a Zócalo Public Square panel on the future of the 710 Freeway in May, Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor was interviewed in the green room about what it’s like for a transportation expert to be stuck in traffic. Here’s what he had to say:

What’s your favorite plant or flower?

I don’t believe in picking favorites. Especially when it comes to the plant world. So I tend to be very neutral on all things related to […]

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Annual Lewis Center Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Contest Winners Announced

The Lewis Center is proud to announce the winners of its annual GIS contest. The three winning projects successfully applied research methods and spatial analysis to produce descriptive and analytical insights into distinct policy questions. The 1st place winner will receive $500, the 2nd place winner $300, and the 3rd place winner $200.  In addition, the first place winner’s poster will be featured in the Lewis Center during the 2014-2015 academic year. The contest was judged by Complete Streets Program Manager Madeline Brozen and GIS Program Manager […]

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Lewis Center Researchers Win APA LA Awards

On Thursday, June 12, APA LA held its annual Awards Gala at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The Lewis Center was well-represented at the ceremony, with its researchers walking away with two awards. Madeline Brozen, Herbie Huff, and Norman Wong won a Communications Initiative Award of Excellence for their Bike Count Data Clearinghouse project, which is co-sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Kittelson & Associates, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Ryan Snyder Associates also participated in the […]

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Upcoming Events

Sep
5
Fri
2014 Mobility 21 Summit – Embracing our transportation future
Sep 5 all-day

Please join Lewis Center staff, Brian Taylor and Madeline Brozen, at the 2014 Mobility 21 summit in Anaheim, CA.

Dr. Taylor is moderating an afternoon breakout session (1:30 – 2:30pm) titled “Expanding Transit Networks Through Last Mile Connectivity”

Madeline Brozen is moderating the afternoon breakout session (1:30 – 2:30pm) titled “Complete Streets: Pros, Cons and Realities Tied to Limited Transportation Funding.”

Please contact the summit organizers with any questions you have about the event.

Sep
8
Mon
Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place
Sep 8 – Sep 11 all-day

Please join research staff Madeline Brozen and Herbie Huff at the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, PA as they present on two projects; Multi-modal level of service and the Los Angeles Bicycle Count Data Clearinghouse.

Settling the score: Street performance measures - Panel presentation, Tuesday, 9/9 3:30 – 5:30 pm Breakout room 307

The Next Evolution in Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts: The Los Angeles County Clearinghouse and Beyond - Poster presentation, Tuesday 9/9 3:00 – 3:30 in Gallery and Wednesday 9/10 9:30 – 10:00 am Gallery.

 

 

Oct
1
Wed
Regents’ Lecture: Janette Sadik-Khan Reception and Lecture
Oct 1 all-day

Details TBA

Oct
9
Thu
8th Annual Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture In Transportation
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

What Good Is it? Reflections On The Utility Of Travel In A Resource-Constrained Era

5:00-6:00pm Reception (3rd Floor Patio, UCLA Public Affairs Building)

6:00-7:30pm Lecture (Room 2355, UCLA Public Affairs Building)

Lecture Description

It is customary for transportation professionals to consider travel as a disutility to be minimized, laden with negative externalities needing mitigation — preferably by curtailing vehicular travel. This talk attempts to restore some balance to our collective view of travel, beginning with reviewing a broad range of reasons why we travel. Recent scholarship related to the positive utility of travel is presented, including subjective assessments of the travel experience and the contribution to the utility of activities conducted while traveling. Some associated societal implications and policy issues are discussed, and directions or future research are suggested.

Speaker Biography

Patricia Mokhtarian is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. She joined Georgia Tech in 2013, after 23 years at the University of California, Davis, where she was a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, associate director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and founding chair of the interdisciplinary MS/PhD program in Transportation Technology and Policy. Key research interests include the impacts of land use on travel behavior, the impact of tele­com­munications technology on travel behavior, attitudes toward travel itself, and travel multitasking. Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty in 1990, she worked for several years in regional planning and consulting in Southern California.

Dr. Mokhtarian has specialized in the study of travel behavior for more than 30 years and has authored or co-authored more than 200 refereed journal articles, technical reports, and other publications. She is a North American co-editor of Transportation, and serves on the boards of six other transportation journals. Her PhD is from Northwestern University.

About the Lecture Series

Professor Martin Wachs retired from the University of California in 2006, after spending 25 years as an Urban Planning faculty member at UCLA and 10 more as a Civil & Environmental Engineering and City & Regional Planning faculty member at UC Berkeley. In his honor, students created the Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation, which rotates each year between the Berkeley and UCLA campuses. The lecture features prominent and innovative scholars and policymakers who draw on many years of research and thinking in transportation and/or urban planning. The lecture is attended by transportation faculty and students from all reaches of California, scholars from related fields and disciplines, and transportation and planning practitioners and officials from across the United States.

AICP (CM) credits available

Free and open to the public

RSVP at: mokhtarian.eventbrite.com

 
 

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