2018 Transportation Speaker Series
In 2018, the Clark County Commission on Aging focused on transportation, especially for people 65 and older. Transportation allows residents of all ages and abilities to connect with others and maintain independence and is the hallmark of a livable community.
The commission invited experts to speak on the specific topics below. Members discussed the topics and answered questions from the audience.
The purpose was to educate and raise awareness about what future transportation and mobility challenges and solutions might be to help Clark County’s older citizens age in their own home and familiar neighborhood for as long as they can.
They concluded the year with an annual report with findings and recommendations and a summit that brought community leaders together to discuss some of the biggest transportation challenges facing Clark County's growing older population.
The recording of the summit, along with the presentations can be found on the summit's webpage.
Jacqui Kamp, Planner III
Jenna Kay, Planner II
|Feb. 27||Transportation Issues for Aging in Place (rescheduled from Feb. 20)||July 17||Senior Driving and Safety|
|March 20||No regular meeting||Aug. 21||Active transportation (walking and bicycling)|
|April 17||Alternatives to Driving: Public transit (C-TRAN)||Sept. 18||Designing walkable communities|
|May 15||Alternatives to Driving: Community transit||Oct. 22||Planning for our transportation and mobility needs (RESCHEDULED FROM OCT. 16)|
|June 19||No regular meeting (CoA retreat)||Nov. 13||Transportation of the future|
The next scheduled speaker and topic:
Nov. 13: Emerging Technologies and the Future of Transportation
Advances in emerging technologies - such as autonomous vehicles (AV’s), E-commerce, and the sharing economy - are having profound effects not only on how we live, move, and spend our time in cities, but also on urban form and development itself. These new technologies are changing how people and goods move, and this has implications for the layout of communities and the places we spend our time.
Speaker: Becky Steckler, Program Manager for Urbanism Next at the University of Oregon
Emerging Technologies and Cities: Assessing the Impacts of New Mobility on Cities: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
Oct. 22: Planning for our transportation and mobility needs (RESCHEDULED FROM OCT.16)
Finding effective ways to meet the transportation needs of the increasing numbers of older residents will be critical for our local governments. Learn more about what goes into planning for all modes of transportation and how we can improve the mobility options for seniors who want to remain independent as long as possible.
Speaker: Matt Hermen, AICP, CTP, Clark County Community Planning
Clark County Community Planning - Comprehensive Plan's Transportation Capital Facilities Plan 2016-2035 - Map
Clark County Community Planning – Comprehensive Plan’s Transportation Capital Facilities Plan 2016-2035 - Project List
Sept. 18: Designing Walkable Communities
Most suburbs are not designed with aging residents in mind. Homes are segregated from other buildings, goods and services, creating an over-dependence on driving. The distances between residential and commercial areas, combined with the absence of safe sidewalks discourages walking as a mode of transportation or physical activity.
Speaker: Gary Pagenstecher, City of Tigard, OR
Walk Score (Find out your walk score)
AARP Livability Score (How livable is your community?)
The Tigard Vision (City of Tigard Strategic Plan on walkable communities)
The Case for Age-Friendly Suburbs (Planetizen)
Aug. 21: Active Transportation - Pedestrian and Bicyclists
Walking and biking can contribute to healthy aging by improving mobility, access to services, and physical and mental health. Developing well-connected, attractive bike and pedestrian networks that are safe, convenient, and user-friendly for people of all ages and abilities will help people get where they need to go while also helping the environment and economy.
Speaker: Jennifer Dill, P.H.D., Portland State University
The Case for Age-Friendly Communities, Portland State University, Institute on Aging
Active Transportation-Relation to Public Health, U.S. Department of Transportation
Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier, Urban Land Institute
Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks, Federal Highway Administration
July 17: Senior Drivers and Safety
The physical and cognitive limitations that occur as we age can make driving a car unsafe or even impossible. But driving can be the only way to remain independent for many older adults who live in areas with limited transportation options. Learn more about senior drivers and what resources and information are available in our community to help seniors drive safer and longer.
May 15: Alternatives to Driving-Community Transit and Technology
Whether transportation is provided by transit, public or non-profit providers, volunteer drivers or neighbors, insuring access to safe and affordable mobility options for those who do not drive is critical to an individual’s ability to live independently. The presenters will touch on the mobility options available here in Clark County other than public transit as well as how technology is driving change in transportation and how these new opportunities work for the benefit for those who most need them.
Human Services Council (website)
Volunteer Transportation (National Aging and Disabilities Transportation Center)
Mobility-On-Demand: The Future of Transportation (Metro for Transit and Motorcoach Business magazine)
Preparing Counties for the Future of Transportation: A Spotlight on Transportation Network Companies (National Association of Counties)
Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit (Shared-Use Mobility Center)
Broadening Understanding of the Interplay Between Public Transit, Shared Mobility, and Personal Automobiles (National Academy of Sciences)
April 17: Alternatives to Driving - Public Transit
Learn about C-TRAN's current services and programs, the challenges transit providers face, and possible ways to increase both the safety and mobility of older people who use their services.
Speaker: Shawn Donaghy, executive director, C-TRAN
What Can Paratransit Learn from Uber and Lyft? (Shared Use Mobility Center)
Feb. 27: Framing the Transportation Issues for Aging in Place (rescheduled from Feb. 20)
As our communities age it is imperative to provide enabling and inclusive environments that enhance mobility for those across the life course. Specific challenges and opportunities should be considered pertaining to transportation options, safety, community planning, and emerging technology.
Speaker: Alan DeLaTorre, P.h.D, Portland State University Institute on Aging
Aging in Place Stuck, Stuck Without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boomer Generation (Transportation for America)