Penn Transportation Club aims to expose students to the latest transportation trends and ideas across academic and professional settings, in addition to the connections between transportation and other fields, and it does so by hosting speakers from within the public and private sectors on a regular basis throughout the academic year. In addition, site visits and tours offer students the opportunity to learn about ongoing as well as completed transportation projects in the greater Philadelphia area.
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Our first in-person event in a year and a half was the Start of Semester Bike Ride, which rode along Kelly Drive in September 2021. Many students do not own bikes, so the club sponsored a month of Indego, Philadelphia’s local bike-sharing service. This event included graduate and undergraduate students interested in transportation to learn more about bike-sharing and take a tour of MLK Drive, which is closed to cars during the weekend for recreation.
This year’s leadership team is pictured above and consists of (from left to right) Heather MacDougall, Weslene Uy, and Bingchu Chen. Heather is a Master’s student in City and Regional Planning, concentrating in transportation. She’s interested in achieving transport equity, and focuses on transit and pedestrian advocacy. Weslene is also a Master’s student in City and Regional Planning, and is interested in the intersection of transportation and land use, as well as informal transit in developing cities. Bingchu is working on a Master’s in City and Regional Planning and a Masters in Urban Spatial Analytics. She is interested in transportation safety and equity. She is working towards applying coding skills to help transportation decision-making.