Each year I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the ‘commenters panel’ for the Traffic and Transportation class, reviewing the best of the final student presentations. This class produces a great crop of citizen activists each year and this year is no exception. Here are this year’s excellent presentations:
- Bryan Burch is trying to create safe walking conditions on the sidewalk-less streets (e.g., Skyline) in his Sylvan Highlands Neighborhood (PDF 1.7M).
- Maryhelen Kincaid wants to create a safe pedestrian passage through the unique truck trap (the only one of its design in Portland) in her East Columbia neighborhood (PDF 776K).
- Scott Kocher has an ambitious goal of creating a mobile app that can report cycling hazards the many different jurisdictions with maintenance responsibility in the region (PDF 1.1M).
- Peter Maris wants to keep the streets in his Montavilla neighborhood livable by managing cut through traffic generated by 82nd Avenue. Peter used Prezi, rather than PowerPoint, and it’s embedded here:
- William Merrill Thompson is promoting the benefits of the Common Sense Alternative to the Columbia River Crossing (PDF 448K).
- Len Michon wants to provide an alternative to the Tram leg in the 4T trail (and create access to a number of transit stops) by providing a safe pedestrian path from the Willamette River to Terwilliger (PDF 6.5M ).
- Taylor Gibson proposes a set of diverters to minimize automobile traffic on the Clinton Street greenway. His presentation is in the form of a video:
In most years I single out one presentation that seems to be head and shoulders above the rest to feature. This year there were simply too many great efforts to pick one. Congratulations to all the students!