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Bicyclist Exposure to Air Pollution

Bicycling is a healthy, green, sustainable transportation mode. It is good for clean air, but is air clean for bicyclists? Join the May presentation of the Healthy Places Research Group to discuss this in detail.

April 22, 2011

Bicycling is a healthy, green, sustainable transportation mode. It is good for clean air, but is air clean for bicyclists? Join the May presentation of the Healthy Places Research Group to discuss this in detail. Dr. Chang-Hee Christine Bae will be giving a presentation, "Bicyclist Exposure to Air Pollution in Seattle and Seoul," on Tuesday, May 3rd at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center in room H-670 from 4:00–5:30 p.m.

Bae's presentation will discuss how different types of bicycle facilities, such as roadways, on-road bicycle lanes, and off-road bicycle trails affect cyclists’ exposure to air pollution. Black carbon (BC), a marker of traffic-related air pollution, was directly measured while bicycling on selected routes in Seattle and Seoul, South Korea. With the aid of a portable personal monitor (Aethalometer), a GPS, and a digital camera, 10-day and 14-day samples were collected in the two cities during June and August, 2010.

This presentation is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Healthy Places Research Group. The Healthy Places Research Group is a joint effort of NWCPHP and the University of Washington's Department of Urban Design and Planning. This group welcomes public health and planning researchers, students, practitioners, faculty and others interested in exploring the relationship between the built environment and the health of communities. The presentation will be followed by open discussion.

Chang-Hee Christine Bae, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she teaches courses in transportation and the environment, growth management and globalization and the Pacific Rim cities. She has published many articles in urban planning and transportation journals. Her primary research field is how air quality and transportation policies impact metropolitan populations such as Los Angeles Basin and Puget Sound Region. Her recent research involves freeway-related air pollution sheds (FAPS) and urban settlements in the Seattle metropolitan area, measuring bicyclist exposure to air pollution and comparing pedestrian travel behavior between Seattle and Seoul.

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