Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation: Education and Training

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Offered through our long-standing program, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), we convene Portland's leading experts to teach multi-day workshops for active transportation professionals looking to hit the ground running (or cycling!) as they design multimodal options in their communities. We've been teaching these essential design skills for over a decade now, and have tutored over 550 professionals, from 34 states and 5 countries with many success stories.

These intensive, immersive learning opportunities serve as a valuable source of knowledge, connections, and inspiration to each cohort. Email us at for questions.



Professional Study Abroad: Sustainable Transportation in Utrecht, Netherlands (June 21 - June 28, 2020)

Practitioners are invited to attend this one-week study abroad course biking in the Netherlands. Curriculum will compare U.S. and Netherlands problems, priorities and solutions with specific emphasis on design and engineering principles. Leading bicycle professionals responsible for creating and maintaining the Netherlands' world-class bikeway system will teach the Dutch approach to bike and pedestrian planning and design through an intensive week of classroom sessions and tours. The instruction and interaction with other participants will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and teach you the skills and techniques you need to start incorporating Dutch principles into your next project, and adapting them for a North American context. Registration not yet open.

Student Study Abroad: Sustainable Transportation in Utrecht, Netherlands (June 21 - July 4, 2020)

Open to seniors and graduate students from any university in the U.S., this four-credit, two-week course presents an introduction to sustainable transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. An immersive experience to explore the Dutch approach to cycling, transit, innovative mobility and land use– the curriculum will feature material that provides a comparison between U.S. and the Netherlands problems, priorities, and solutions. Applications not yet open.

Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses (Summer 2020)

This two-day course is designed to help transportation planning and engineering faculty integrate bicycle and pedestrian topics into their courses. We focus on a holistic approach to teaching transportation engineering and planning by integrating design for bicycles and pedestrians. You'll gain an understanding of state-of-the art practice as well obtain learning materials and resources to broaden your curriculum and course design. Be notified when registration opens.

Comprehensive Bikeway Design (Summer 2020)

This week-long workshop covers the fundamentals of bikeway design and planning through an intensive week of interactive classroom, field tours, and design exercises. Transportation engineers, urban planners, advocates, policymakers, municipal staff and other transportation professionals interested in nurturing cycling in their communities should attend. Participants must be able to bike up to 17 miles a day, and expect mild to moderate elevation (e-bike rentals are available at additional cost). Be notified when registration opens.

Planning for Active Transportation: If You Build It, Will They Come? (Summer 2020)

This three-day workshop offers strategies for building and strengthening communities around increased walking and bicycling. You'll learn and experience firsthand the design of various, successful active transportation programs that incorporate these strategies. We'll kick it off with city staff on a behind-the-scenes learning tour of Portland's Sunday Parkways, the city's premiere Open Streets initiative that attracts over 80,000 participants annually. The subsequent days will delve into other transportation demand management and transportation options programs that play a key role in helping more people to bike, walk, and use transit. This course offers insights and strategies to make the case for policymakers, inspire communities, and build a movement toward healthier, more active cities. Participants must be able to bike up to 10 miles a day, and expect mild elevation. Be notified when registration opens.