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“The Future of Travel Demand” with Susan Handy, CITRIS Research Exchange

Auto use is growing globally, along with the environmental and societal problems it generates, climate change most notably. A recent slowdown in the growth in vehicle-miles-traveled in the U.S. and Europe, however, has raised hopes that some parts of the world may have reached “peak driving.”  What is behind this recent slowdown, and is it a true or temporary peak?  Answering these questions requires a close look at the behavior underlying these trends and at the numerous economic, technological, and cultural changes that are driving changes in travel behavior.  In this presentation, I share findings from studies from UC Davis and elsewhere on some of the critical changes that are shaping the future of travel demand

Dr. Susan Handy is Chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and the Director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at the University of California, Davis.  She is internationally known for her research on the relationships between transportation and land use, particularly the impact of neighborhood design on travel behavior.  Her current work focuses on bicycling as a mode of transportation and on strategies for reducing automobile dependence.

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Free and open to the public. Register online by Monday for a free lunch at UC Berkeley. The CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series is a weekly dialogue highlighting leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12pm Pacific time and is hosted live at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.

Live broadcast at http://video.citris.berkeley.edu/playlists/webcast/.
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Live webcasting of each CITRIS Research Exchange seminar is available at these CITRIS campuses:

CITRIS @ Davis: 1127 Kemper Hall, College of Engineering, UC Davis
CITRIS @ Merced: Science & Engineering II, Room 302, UC Merced
CITRIS @ Santa Cruz: Room 595B, Engineering 2 Building, Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz


This talk is also a part of our Resilience Seminar Series. This series is free and open to the public and sponsored by The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) and The Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology(TRUST).