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Ray Atkinson
Worked at Toole Design Group
Attends Portland State University
Lives in Portland, OR
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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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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are political rivals who’ve faced off twice for the governor’s chair. But in many ways they embody the broader debate about American #transportation policy — the tug of war between the Eisenhower-era mentality of moving traffic at all costs, and the seemingly ascendant notion that public wellbeing depends on transportation decisions that make places healthy and economically strong.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett are brawling in the press over a proposed highway project — a fight that exemplifies the enormous rift in America about what transportation policy should accomplish. Walker still thinks about transportation projects the same ...
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CONCORD, – Farmers in training at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm say they received notice from Cabarrus County on Thursday that the power would go off this week and the water would be cut off after Aug. 30, leaving many wondering whether they’ll lose their crops this year.
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Clever citizens are repurposing phone booths, installing public furniture, and painting new bike lanes. It's DIY urban design, and it's taking off.
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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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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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The developers of Human have compiled user data into stunning visualizations that show how and where we get around. #walking #biking  
The developers of Human have complied user data into stunning visualizations that show how and where we get around.
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The planned Red Line commuter rail between Charlotte and Mooresville is getting dealt a major setback. Charlotte had arrangements to share existing tracks
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Even though I have never dated anyone, this is an incredible list to follow. I hope to remember the article when I start #dating .
Forget the 'relationship experts' - these couples offer far better advice.
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  • 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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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
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  • 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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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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