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Ray Atkinson
Worked at Toole Design Group
Attends Portland State University
Lives in Portland, OR
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Traffic Diverters in Portland

I returned to Portland about a week ago from the Netherlands. While I miss the connected network of protected bike lanes and protected bike intersections that I biked on daily in the Netherlands, I’m thankful to still have traffic calming in Portland.…
I returned to Portland about a week ago from the Netherlands. While I miss the connected network of protected bike lanes and protected bike intersections that I biked on daily in the Netherlands, I...
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Delft

During our first facility tour in Delft with a large group of students from Northeastern University, we visited a woonerf, protected intersection, single lane roundabout, bicycle boulevard, and a two way cycle track. Since a summary of all of these…
During our first facility tour in Delft with a large group of students from Northeastern University, we visited a woonerf, protected intersection, single lane roundabout, bicycle boulevard, and a t...
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July 2, 2015: What has changed in Delft since my previous visit in 2012?

I haven’t slept since 9am PST on July 1 so am going to make this blog post short. After arriving in Amsterdam, I took the train to Delft Central Station. . As this article and the below video discuss, Delft Central Station opened an indoor bike parking…
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What do you think? #bikeshare
In Washington, D.C.—a city that is half African American–just 3 percent of Capital Bikeshare's users are black. Can advocates and city planners change that?
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Advocating for Automobiles to Advocating for People

Before I started at UNC Charlotte, I actually advocated for automobiles because I advocated for NC 3 to be widened between Mooresville and Kannapolis. Even though I can’t see your face or hear your reaction, many of my college friends have been surprised…
Before I started at UNC Charlotte, I actually advocated for automobiles because I advocated for NC 3 to be widened between Mooresville and Kannapolis. Even though I can't see your face or hear your...
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Which design do you like more? I like the first Denny design more! #Bike   #Safety  
Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks.
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When “No Outlet” and “Dead End” aren’t really true: How do you sign for #bicyclists and #pedestrians?
The Washington, DC region is a great region to explore by bicycle. I biked about 400 miles in July and have talked with several people living in the region that also do not own a car. I met many of...
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I’ve been getting sicker since last week so it has been challenging to bike and participate in course activities. When I arrived at my apartment after class over the past week I went straight to bed so now I am behind on blogging. My coughing got worse…
I've been getting sicker since last week so it has been challenging to bike and participate in course activities. When I arrived at my apartment after class over the past week I went straight to be...
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July 3, 2015: How did the Dutch prioritize people over cars?

Even though I could discuss my bike trip yesterday from Delft to Kinderdijk, which has the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, I thought it would be useful to provide some history first. Most people in the United States think the…
Even though I could discuss my bike trip yesterday from Delft to Kinderdijk, which has the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, I thought it would be useful to provide some hi...
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I am excited to be returning to the Netherlands from July 1-17 with Portland State University. I previously traveled to Denmark and the Netherlands for three weeks during the summer of 2012 with the University of Oregon. As I discussed in my first blog…
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I moved to Portland, Oregon on September 13 so I have lived here for over a week.  Before classes start on September 29, which is when I will need to focus much more time on studying and not writing my blog, I wanted to take a moment to share my first…
I moved to Portland, Oregon on September 13 so I have lived here for over a week.  Before classes start on September 29, which is when I will need to focus much more time on studying and not writin...
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What do you think? #Bike   #Transportation   #IdahoStop  
 
Most of this makes a lot of sense. Probably most of us are doing it anyway, at least in regard to stop signs. I do think it looks really bad when a cyclist passes a bunch of  cars stacked up at the light and then proceeds through the red.
Idaho already lets cyclists do this. Research and common sense say that their law should go nationwide.
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Education
  • Portland State University
    Master of Urban and Regional Planning with Transportation Specialization, 2014 - present
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    BS Geography, Community and Regional Planning Concentration and Urban Studies Minor, 2009 - 2013
  • University of Oregon
    Study Abroad in Denmark and the Netherlands, 2012 - 2012
  • Northwest Cabarrus High School
    Diploma, 2005 - 2009
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Introduction
I was born and raised in the automobile dependent South. I have moved from Kannapolis, NC to Portland, OR to start the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University. I will be living car-free in Portland.
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Living car-free in the United States!
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Graduate Student at Portland State University
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Sustainable Transportation Planning, GIS, Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Urban Design, Public Speaking, Sustainability, Critical Thinking
Employment
  • Toole Design Group
    Transportation Planning Intern, 2013 - 2014
  • Downtown Kannapolis, Inc
    Design Committee Member, 2014 - 2014
  • Charlotte B-cycle
    Outreach Intern, 2013 - 2013
  • Carolina Thread Trail
    Intern, 2013 - 2013
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Eco-Representative, 2012 - 2013
  • Town of Davidson
    Planning Intern, 2012 - 2012
  • Charlotte DOT
    Planning Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Research Assistant, 2009 - 2012
  • AAA Carolinas
    TripTik Production Specialist, 2007 - 2010
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Portland, OR
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Charlotte, NC - Kannapolis, NC - Silver Spring, MD
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'Parklets' proposed for downtown Concord
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I have been going to Bike Line since my freshman year at UNC Charlotte in 2009. The staff has always been very helpful. As soon as I walk in the door, they ask how they can help me and immediately direct me to where I can find what I am looking for. Sometimes I come in without knowing what I need to fix the issue so it is nice when they can look at the problem and inform me what I need. The most recent time I went was today when I purchased a bike rack and a GearClean Brush. Since my road bike does not have the normal lower or upper rack mounts, I found it challenging to follow the instructions provided by the bike rack manufacturing company. Thankfully, the mechanic (I should have asked for his name) at Bike Line knew an alternate way to install the rack so I let him work on it while I went grocery shopping. The mechanic informed me that it would take less than thirty minutes and it did. I value Bike Line’s commitment to excellent customer service and professional biking knowledge. In addition to excellent customer service and professional biking knowledge, Bike Line has a strong commitment to community service. The staff has been volunteering their time and energy to do free bike repairs during Campus Sustainability Week and Earth Day every year for as long as I can remember. I also see Bike Line at the University City Duathlon. As a member of the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance (CABA), I value Bike Line's support of CABA.
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