IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design

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Monday, August 13, 2018, 8:00am PDT to Friday, August 17, 2018, 4:30pm PDT
Portland State University
30 CMS | 30 PDH

This summer we're hosting three workshops through our program, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI). Learn more: Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses (June 19 - 20) and Creating Effective Active Transportation Programs (Aug 19 - 21).


As communities have put bikeway plans into effect, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t -- how to plan effectively, design correctly and make investments that get results. We’ve distilled those lessons into this course, which covers the fundamentals of bikeway design and planning through an intensive week of interactive classroom, field tours, and design exercises. 

Instructors draw from their years of experience, along with project examples, to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. The pioneers and leading practitioners in the field will teach the fundamentals of bikeway 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 get started on your next project.

Over the years, the Portland area has implemented numerous types of innovative bicycle facilities and treatments, providing a unique “living laboratory” to study. Daily field tours provide first-hand experience with these facilities and projects discussed in the classroom. These tours showcase not just the operational qualities but also how bikeway planning affects community livability and economic development.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Make low-risk investments in proven bicycle plans and facilities
  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context
  • List the different ways that a bicycle facility can meet or not meet the needs of people who bike
  • Use the FHWA Experiment process to test innovative bikeway design
  • Describe the tradeoffs of designing better facilities to accommodate all road users
  • Identify various options for treating intersections that incorporate bicycle facilities
  • Describe the health benefits of active transportation
  • Identify opportunities, strategies and programs to encourage more people to bike and walk
  • Talk to an engineer and communicate effectively with them about facility requirements
  • Build their personal network with experts from the various facets of bikeway design
  • Feel rejuvenated and excited to go back to work and make an impact!


Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Nick Falbo, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Portland

Peter Koonce, Division Manager, Signals & Street Lighting Division, City of Portland

Shelley Oylear, Transportation Engineer and Planner, Washington County, Oregon

Robert Burchfield, Northwest Regional Engineering Director, Toole Design Group

Hau Hagedorn, Associate Director, Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University

Jeri Stroupe, Associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

Rebecca Sanders, Senior Planner & Research Lead, Toole Design Group


Transportation engineers, urban planners, advocates, policymakers, municipal staff and other transportation professionals interested in nurturing cycling in their communities. Students must be able to bike up to 10 miles a day, and expect mild elevation. 


THIS WORKSHOP HAS SOLD OUT AND WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING WAIT LIST REQUESTS - The fee for this professional development course is $1,200. This includes continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, course materials, and bike rental*. The fee does not include travel, lodging or other meals while in Portland. Visit our Accommodations page for more information about lodging options in the PSU-campus area.
*If you are in need of an electric-assist bike, those rentals will be an additional cost and are available separately via the Bike Hub.


This 5-day workshop is eligible for approximately 30 hours of training which equals to 30 CMs or 30 PDHs, and has been pre-approved for AICP credits (see our provider summary here). We will provide an attendance certificate to those who need to document their professional development hours. 


ON-CAMPUS HOUSINGParticipants in this Comprehensive Bikeway Design workshop are eligible to register for housing in PSU residence halls for a rate of $68 per night. This registration portal will be open until 14 days prior to the check-in date or until the rooms fill, whichever comes first. 

VISITING PORTLAND: For those wishing to stay off campus, we can recommend some nearby hotels and tips for getting around town.

Requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to Conference & Events Office, (503) 725-CONF, email: conferences@pdx.edu or the Disability Resource Center, (503) 725-4150, e-mail: drc@pdx.edu. In order to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be provided in time for this event, please make your requests as soon as possible.