I am a PhD candidate in Urban Studies at Portland State University, where my dissertation research explores drivers’ attitudes and behaviors toward bicyclists. I have a Masters in Civil Engineering from UC Davis, where I studied women’s travel behavior in traditional and suburban neighborhoods under the advising of Dr. Susan Handy. After my Masters, I worked first as an Associate Transportation Planner with the City of Sacramento, and then from 2007 through 2011 as the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Davis, CA, which enjoys the highest levels of bicycling for transportation of any city in the United States. While there I worked on everything from the City’s first on-street bike racks to re-starting the “bicycle rodeo” program in area schools, and wrote the grant applications for the City’s first protected bike lanes, bicycle boulevard, and major road diet/bike lane project. My research interests include all things bicycle and pedestrian safety-related, but in particular, the intersections of transportation and social psychology, and people’s differential experiences and safety outcomes on the road.
I’m probably easiest to reach (and most likely to respond quickly!) via Twitter @GoddardTara
You can also email me at goddard at pdx dot edu (spambots are probably smart enough to recognize that by now, but oh well).
If for some reason you want to send me something in the physical world, you can reach me via the Urban Studies Department at Portland State University.