Professional Study Abroad 2019: Active Transportation in the Netherlands

Event Date: 
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 8:00am PDT to Sunday, June 30, 2019, 6:00pm PDT
Utrecht, Netherlands and surrounding area
Nick Falbo, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
Program Fee: $3,735 + $25 application fee
36 AICP | 36 PDH

Offered through the Intiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at TREC, this 36-credit professional study abroad program presents an introduction to active transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. If you're looking for the two-week version of this course for students, see here.



Practitioners are invited to attend this one-week study abroad course from June 23–30th. 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. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context Identify various options for treating intersections that incorporate bicycle facilities Network with international experts from the various facets of bikeway design Leverage land uses to better support active transportation Feel rejuvenated and excited to go back to work and make an impact!


The daily itineray is subject to change.

Sunday, June 23Arrive in Utrecht Welcome Dinner
Monday, June 24Morning Activity: Get bikes! Orientation & bike safety. 

Take a tour of the city and watch welcome presentations from the instructors.

Tuesday, June 25

Lecture: Urban Transportation in the Netherlands—Biking, Bike Infrastructure, and Policy 

Bike Tour with Ronald Tamse (featuring bike parking, car-free zones in the center city, road diets, rails to trails, and a new bridge)

Bike Tour (featuring case studies of retrofit projects to accommodate more cyclists, and problem intersections)

Wednesday, June 26Bike Tour: Rotterdam (featuring bicycle infrastructure and programs)
Thursday, June 27Bike Tour: Houten (featuring Vision Zero, bike infrastructure and unique land use)
Friday, June 28

Bike Tour: Amsterdam (featuring transit facilities)

Saturday, June 29

Bike Tour: The Hovenring (a suspended cycle path roundabout between the localities of Eindhoven, Veldhoven, and Meerhoven)

Sunday, June 30Departures 


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 10 miles a day.


The registration deadline is April 14, 2019. Registration is through Portland State University's Education Abroad. Contact us at if you have any questions. Requests for reasonable accommodations are made through the registration process.


Nick Falbo, Portland State University Adjunct Faculty
Nick Falbo, Senior Transportation Planner at the City of Portland, is an urban planner and designer specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation. He has a personal interest in visual communication for planning, as a way to tell stories, communicate new ideas, and open minds. He is also the creator of the Protected Intersections for Bicyclists video proposal for adapting Dutch intersection designs to US streets. Nick has been a lead instructor on the annual IBPI Bikeway Design summer workshop for many years.

Additional instruction and support provided by John MacArthur and Aaron Golub of Portland State University.


Program Fee: $3,735
PSU Application Fee: $25
Additional Estimated Costs: $2,290.00
Total Estimated Costs: $5,870


  • Housing in a centrally located accommodation
  • Bike rental in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Delft
  • Round trip train tickets 
    • Amsterdam --> Utrecht
    • Utrecht --> Rotterdam
    • Utrecht --> Delft
  • One day Amsterdam public transportation pass 
  • Two guest lectures by local experts on the following topics: Smart Cities expert session on "Smart Mobility", Transportation Planning and Bike Infrastructure in Rotterdam 
  • Transit Infrastructure tour of Amsterdam (including the main rail and transit station) 
  • Day trip to Rotterdam: a major port city known for its ship history and modern architecture 
  • Education Abroad service fee 
  • International Health Insurance 
  • 24/7 on-site support


  • International round-trip airfare 
  • Additional meals 
  • Personal spending money
  • Passport or visa (US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program)


(Non-refundable fees: $50 app fee + $250 Ed Abroad fee)

Students may officially withdraw from a program by providing written notification of their withdrawal to the Education Abroad Advisor in the PSU Education Abroad Office.  Students are not considered withdrawn from a program until written notification is received. Withdrawing from a program does not, however, absolve you of your responsibility of covering program costs.  If the student withdraws from a program after they have changed their online application status to “committed” they will be billed the non-refundable fees, as stated above, as well as any non-recoverable program costs, as determined by each program refund policy.

Photo taken by participant Richard Sparks.

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 young professionals through education.