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Ray Atkinson
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Attended Portland State University
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While I still plan to write more about my study abroad trip last summer to the Netherlands, I have been surprised by how some people think I am only focused on bike planning. I want to resolve any confusion people may have about my multimodal experience.…
While I still plan to write more about my study abroad trip last summer to the Netherlands, I have been surprised by how some people think I am only focused on bike planning. I want to resolve any …
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I keep reading news about people dying while biking. While I feel most people are hopeless on how to prevent more deaths, I have been thinking about easy, cost-effective ways to help save people’s lives. As a geographer and transportation planner, I…
I keep reading news about people dying while biking. While I feel most people are hopeless on how to prevent more deaths, I have been thinking about easy, cost-effective ways to help save people's ...
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October has been a crazy month for me so far! Hopefully, my health will improve in time for November to be a normal month! #gradschool   #bike   #health
I finally have a moment when I'm not rushing to bike to grad school, work at my Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) and internship, volunteer meetings with Bike PSU and Planning Club, or some oth...
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Since my dad heard my passion for being a lawyer and critiquing the law when I young and still does, I'm not surprised this is my fourth consecutive blog post about Oregon laws.
Since my dad heard my passion for being a lawyer and critiquing the law when I young and still does, I'm not surprised this is my fourth consecutive blog post about Oregon laws.
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After writing my previous post about how Oregon's laws are terrible for vehicular cyclists and encountering motorists that have no idea what control and release means when I use it, I wanted to discuss the importance of why I use control and release.
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Interview with Perils for Pedestrians

While I am excited that my interview with Perils for Pedestrians from early 2013 has been posted online, I am frustrated that the bicycle and pedestrian safety issue I was interviewed about has become reality.
While I am excited that my interview with Perils for Pedestrians from early 2013 has been posted online, I am frustrated that the bicycle and pedestrian safety issue I was interviewed about has bec...
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I’m probably one of the few master’s degree graduates who has been looking forward to using some of my newfound free time to keep writing. Since I didn’t have enough time before fall 2015 term started to finish blogging about my study abroad trip last…
I’m probably one of the few master’s degree graduates who has been looking forward to using some of my newfound free time to keep writing. Since I didn’t have enough time before f…
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Since my strategies aren't working to keep me safe from being left and right hooked, what should I do to avoid being left and right hooked in the future?
Since my strategies aren't working to keep me safe from being left and right hooked, what should I do to avoid being left and right hooked in the future?
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I was biking along the SE Salmon/Taylor neighborhood greenway during my lunch break yesterday (Thursday) when I almost got hit by a motorist going full speed through a stop sign.
I was biking along the SE Salmon/Taylor neighborhood greenway during my lunch break yesterday (Thursday) when I almost got hit by a motorist going full speed through a stop sign.
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Glad you are always observant. They just had an article in the Charlotte observer 9-19-2015 on page 12 A Sunday about 40 lb bikes & 4,000 lb cars. How individuals friends & families are impacted by the loss & injury of loved ones. Be safe. Love Dad
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I have been thinking about vehicular cycling and the law ever since I started learning how to control the lane several years ago.
I have been thinking about vehicular cycling and the law ever since I started learning how to control the lane several years ago.
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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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Education
  • Portland State University
    Master of Urban and Regional Planning with Transportation Specialization, 2014 - 2016
  • 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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Working to create human-size cities!
Introduction
I was born and raised in the automobile dependent South. I moved from Kannapolis, NC to Portland, OR for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University. I am living car-free in Portland.
Bragging rights
Living car-free in the United States!
Work
Occupation
Unemployed
Skills
Sustainable Transportation Planning, GIS, Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Urban Design, Public Speaking, Sustainability, Critical Thinking
Employment
  • Oregon Metro
    Parks Planning Intern, 2015 - 2016
  • Toole Design Group
    Transportation Planning Intern, 2014 - 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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Currently
Portland, OR
Previously
Charlotte, NC - Kannapolis, NC - Silver Spring, MD
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Streetfilms | 20’s Plenty: The Movement for Safer Speeds in the UK
www.streetfilms.org

Five years ago, Streetfilms was in the UK town of Warrington to talk with the great folks behind 20's Plenty For Us, a largely volunteer gro

So I Went Automobile Shopping...
kentsbike.blogspot.com

So I went automobile shopping the other day... I know, I know, you're probably thinking “Why would you do such a silly thing as that, a man

Moving Cars vs. Investing in Places — The Struggle for American Cities |...
usa.streetsblog.org

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett are brawling in the press over a proposed highway project — a fight tha

Last harvest at Lomax: Farmers-in-training get notice to vacate
www.independenttribune.com

CONCORD, – Farmers in training at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm say they received notice from Cabarrus County on Thursday that the power

More Roadblocks For Charlotte-Mooresville Commuter Rail
wfae.org

The planned Red Line commuter rail between Charlotte and Mooresville is getting dealt a major setback. Charlotte had arrangements to share e

Midland mayor calls budget cuts 'crippling'
www.independenttribune.com

MIDLAND, N.C. -- Midland’s mayor said county budget cuts to projects that would serve her town and southern Cabarrus County have “slapped Mi

Bike Internet Connectivity and Urban Congestion | Sustainable Cities Col...
sustainablecitiescollective.com

The Vanhawks Valour smartbike has been making the rounds on the internet over the past few weeks. They’re a Toronto based startup and they’v

Streetfilms | In the U.S. Walking & Biking to School is Becoming Ext...
www.streetfilms.org

Last year we got to visit Portland, Oregon where thanks to much traffic calming and slow streets of the Neighborhood Greenways, children are

DC’s Bold New Transportation Plan Envisions a City of Multi-Modal Street...
streetsblog.net

If it actually becomes the template for DC's transportation, the plan will be one of America's most progressive. Amid the hundreds of specif

How Road Planners Fail Neighborhoods | Streetsblog USA
usa.streetsblog.org

To examine the barriers to incorporating public health principles into transportation planning, researchers studied the Allied-Dunn's Marsh

15 Reasons to Date a Cyclist - eHarmony Advice
www.eharmony.com

If the cute guy who just asked you out spends his weekends on a bike, don’t hesitate to say yes. Here are 15 reasons to date a cyclist: 1. T

“Closing” Lombard Street: The Language of Taking Cars For Granted | Stre...
sf.streetsblog.org

A peculiar thing tends to happen when we talk about streets and transportation: We don't talk about cars. Seriously — listen to conversation

Citi'sVoice: Why Downtown Development May Be More Affordable Than The Su...
www.forbes.com

One man is educating municipalities around the country about the hidden value of their downtown areas -- and how they may be environmentally

Downtown dilemma: Kannapolis leaders look for 'game changer'
www.independenttribune.com

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- A market study commissioned by the Kannapolis City Council shows only modest growth downtown without some kind of “game

What Does The Supreme Court Rails-To-Trails Decision Mean For NC?
wunc.org

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, in an 8-1 decision, that just because the government had been granted a federal right of way for

New restaurants, proposed changes bring new flavor to downtown
www.independenttribune.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- A larger Havana Carolina Café in a new location, a new Thai restaurant and another eatery featuring Mediterranean cuisine –

Stadium complex could include business park, housing
www.independenttribune.com

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- City council members said they want to study the proposal to move the Intimidators stadium downtown after hearing more d

Bicycle Urbanism and the Potential of Google Glass | Sustainable Cities ...
sustainablecitiescollective.com

Smart glasses like Google Glass are the latest gizmo available on the tech market: what if we combined the bicycle-specific sense of place a

Kannapolis considers downtown stadium for Intimidators
www.independenttribune.com

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Kannapolis City Council members will look into possibly moving the Intimidators stadium downtown during their annual pla

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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