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Jun 11, 2018 to Jun 15, 2018
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PeopleForBikes study tours combine networking meetings with local experts, site visits by bike, and discussions on how to bring the best ideas from world-class bike infrastructure to cities back home.

The Tape Measure Tour is designed for transportation engineers, urban planners, and others interested in in-depth engineering and planning examples of bikeway innovation. This tour covers the fundamentals of bikeway design through an intensive week of interactive classroom sessions, field tours and design exercises.

Offered in partnership with Portland State University’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), this 5-day workshop is typically eligible for ~30 hours of training, the equivalent of 30 CMs or 30 PDHs. IBPI applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each course. We will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours.

The cost to attend is $5,500 per person and includes five-nights single occupancy hotel room, all meals, all ground transportation, bike rental, course materials, speaker fees and professional guides. Note airfare is not included in this fee.

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Most people in transportation circles have heard all about the Netherlands as a bicyclist’s mecca, a place where thirty-five percent of the population regularly commutes by bike. What may be less commonly known is how recent this achievement is.

In 1967, bicycling in the Netherlands was “tantamount to attempting suicide,” according to Amsterdam’s chief inspector of traffic police.

Today, the Netherlands is the safest place in the world to operate a bicycle, based on injury and fatality rates per miles traveled. In less than fifty years, their bicycle safety rates have soared and the Dutch have built a bicycle infrastructure that is the envy of the rest of the world. How did they do it? 

Could Americans possibly do the same?

That’s what Portland State University transportation students aim to find out.

When PSU student Kirk Paulsen signed up to spend two weeks in the Netherlands as part of the first PSU civil engineering study abroad program, he wasn’t sure what exactly he might get out of it, but knew that he wanted to see famed Dutch bicycling facilities for himself. Paulsen was one of seven transportation students in the pilot class of 2011, and now has this to say about the experience:

“This short study abroad course is by far your best opportunity while enrolled at PSU to observe real world...

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