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Master’s student Kory Northrop wins award at annual Student Transportation Conference

Second year master’s student Kory Northrop – along with PPPM students Michael Duncan and Ted Sweeney – recently received an award for his poster presentation at the 8th Annual Region X Student Transportation Conference. The student run conference took place last Friday, February 18th at Oregon Statue University in Corvallis. Student presentations and a poster session served as a forum to showcase student-led transportation research being done throughout the Northwest.

Kory, Michael and Ted presented a poster of work the group did as part of the Sustainable Cities Initiative. In their project, the group developed a new bicycle infrastructure database for Salem, Oregon. The poster of their work received best poster honors for the event.

“Our goal was to create a tool that would help inform and encourage cyclists of all skill and comfort levels,” says Kory. “Our model provides qualitative information about city streets that allows decision makers and citizens to identify streets with high degrees of perceived danger, show where cyclists of varying confidence levels can comfortably ride, and calculate distance-based and comfort-based routing.”