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Autonomous vehicles (AVs), e-commerce and the sharing economy are rapidly changing land use and transportation in cities. City leaders and professional planners are wondering how these technologies will change how they plan and operate cities. For the past year, the University of Oregon’s Urbanism Next Center and Sustainable Year Program focused staff and students on helping the cities of Gresham and Eugene better understand the potential impacts of a wide-range of topics and study a variety of potential responses to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities. These topics include issues related to safety, social equity, active transportation, sustainability and environmental impacts, design and management of the right-of-way, and the metropolitan footprint. In addition, the cities thought about city operations and budgeting and how they can inform decision-making, manage innovation, and consider the fiscal impacts and new mobility revenue.

During this webinar, the Urbanism Next researchers will discuss the research they conducted to help the cities navigate new mobility and emerging technologies. Researchers will discuss how cities are preparing for new mobility and autonomous vehicles in a way that supports goals around land use, active transportation, more equitable forms of travel, and greenhouse gas emissions.

This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Oregon. Read more about the NITC research: Emerging Technologies in Mid-Size Cities: Managing New Mobility. The research team has also created a comprehensive policy report on these findings: Navigating New Mobility: Policy Approaches for Cities.


Becky Steckler, University of Oregon

Becky Steckler, AICP, is the Program Director for Urbanism Next Center at the University of Oregon. In this role, Ms. Steckler manages and conducts technical research on the secondary impacts of emerging technologies – autonomous vehicles (AVs), new mobility, and e-commerce – on land use, urban design, building design, transportation, and real estate and the implications of these changes on equity, health and safety, the economy, the environment, and governance. She is a member of the Oregon Legislative Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles that will make recommendations to the Oregon Legislature on enabling legislation for autonomous vehicles and is a member of the Santa Monica 2050 Advisory board. She has over 20 years of project management experience, with a focus on land use, transportation, economic development, and strategic planning projects.

Rebecca Lewis, University of Oregon

Rebecca Lewis, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon, the Co-Director of Research for the Institute of Policy Research and Engagement, and the director of the Community and Regional Planning graduate program. She holds a master of public policy and PhD in urban and regional planning and design, both from the University of Maryland. She studies state land use policy, transportation finance, and housing affordability in rural areas. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of the American Planning Association and Land Use Policy, and has been funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, National Science Foundation, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, and the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. Dr. Lewis has worked with Urbanism Next on projects that help cities anticipate revenue impacts of autonomous vehicles on transportation budgets and to prepare for the impacts of new mobility.


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