Cancelled: IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design

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Monday, August 24, 2020, 9:00am PDT to Friday, August 28, 2020, 4:00pm PDT
$1200 (incl. a bike) or $1300 (incl. an e-bike)
Portland State University
30 CMS | 30 PHD (estimated)

We have been monitoring developments here in Portland and at Portland State University with regards to COVID-19, and regrettably we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Bikeway Design workshop. Due to significant impacts on campus classroom access, needs for social distancing, and travelling, we felt that this was the right choice. We have hosted this workshop every year for a decade, and while we did not want to miss a year - transitioning it online would not meet our goals for experiential learning. We will issue full refunds to all registrants.




As Portland, Oregon has 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. 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. With daily bike rides, this course is physically demanding. Participants who aren't used to riding multiple miles per day have the option of renting e-bikes (limited number, while supplies last). Having an e-bike gives you the same view and makes it easy to keep up with the group. See photos of last year's workshop, and of previous years.

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!

Hosted annually since 2009, this course has trained 250 professionals from across 30 U.S. States and abroad. Join the 2020 cohort!


Note: As the course agenda becomes finalized, instructors may change.

Nick Falbo, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Portland

Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Drusilla van Hengel, Principal, Nelson Nygaard

Hau Hagedorn, Associate Director, Transportation Research and Education Center, Portland State University

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

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

Mike Rose, Alta Planning + Design


Transportation engineers, urban planners, advocates, policymakers, municipal staff and other transportation professionals interested in nurturing cycling in their communities. Participants must be able to bike up to 15 miles a day, and expect mild elevation and warm weather.


Below is a tentative schedule (e.g. bike rides may shift in timing according to weather, etc.)


Sunday Parkways: Green Loop *


Introductions + Orientation

Setting the Context for Bicycle Facility Design

Field Tour (Portland): Bicycle Facility Design - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Facility Design: Bicycle Boulevards 

Evening: Ride and Social Hour


Field Tour (Portland): Bicycle Facility Design - A Low Stress Network

Innovation in Bicycle Facility Design: Network Approach and Protected Bike Lanes

Innovation in Bicycle Facility Design (cont.) 


Traffic Engineering Techniques in Support of Active Transportation: Intersections, Signals, and Other Principles

Field Tour (Portland): Traffic Engineering - The Bike Edition

Pathways to Innovation: Evolving Guidance and Standards in Bikeway Design


Designing for Suburban Environments 

Field Tour (Washington County): Bicycling in a Suburban Environment

Multimodal Integration: Making the Transit and Bike Connection


What Design Problems Are You Challenged By?

Closing Lunch and Conversation (ends at 1 PM)


* The Sunday Parkways: Green Loop edition, an Open Streets event the City of Portland manages, happily coincides with our workshop this year! Though we aren't scheduling structured activites on Sunday, Aug 23, we invite you to keep Sunday Parkways in mind as you make your travel plans. It's an event guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and it's inspiring to see what a powerful active transportation commmunity can achieve, with enough momentum.


Click here to register for the Bikeway Design workshop. The $1,200 fee includes light breakfast, lunch, course materials and standard bike rental. For an additional fee of $100, an electric-assist bicycle can be included. There are only four e-bikes available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early if you plan to use an e-bike.

REFUND POLICY: Need to modify or cancel your registration? Email us at Refunds are available through June 30, 2020 less a $100 service fee. The registered participant may invite another person to substitute their place in the workshop at any time at no charge.


For those wishing to stay off campus, we can recommend some nearby hotels and tips for getting around town. Air B&B is another potential source to find a comfortable place to stay. Budget option: Participants in this workshop are eligible to register for on-campus housing in basic, dormitory-style rooms

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

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.