IBPI Workshop: Creating Effective Active Transportation Programs

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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 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 delve into other transportation demand management (TDM) 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. 

This course is offered through our Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation program.


Urban planners, community advocates, policymakers, municipal staff and other transportation professionals interested in nurturing walking and cycling in their communities.

Students must be able to bike up to 6 miles per day, and expect mild elevation. This course is less physically demanding than our Bikeway Design course, but does include a bike tour and walking tour. Participants who aren't used to riding multiple miles per day have the option of renting e-bikes (we have a 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 the 2018 Creating Effective Active Transportation Programs workshop.


This workshop, typically held in the summer, is not being offered at this time but may be offered again in the future. Fill out this interest form if you would like us to notify you of that decision.

The most recent workshop fee was $525*, which included:

  • Light breakfast (daily)
  • Lunch (daily, via local Portland food carts)
  • Additional snacks (you won't go hungry!)
  • Opening night happy hour gathering
  • Electronic course materials
  • Bike rental + helmet**
    **For an additional fee of $100, we can provide an electric-assist bike. There are only four e-bikes available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early if you plan to use an e-bike.

*Workshop prices subject to change with the launch of the 2022 workshop.


As the course agenda becomes finalized, instructors may change. The instructors listed below taught the last Creating Effective Active Transportation Programs workshop.

Dana Dickman, Traffic Safety Section Manager & Safe Routes Manager, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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

Jessica Roberts, Principal, Alta Planning + Design

Gwen Shaw, Engineer, Toole Design Group

Alexis Gabriel, Sunday Parkways Coordinator/Portland Pathways Coordinator, City of Portland

Clint Culpepper, Transportation Options Manager, Portland State University

Ian Stude, Programs Manager at Active Transportation, City of Portland

John Landolfe, Transportation Options Coordinator, OHSU Transportation and Parking

Renata Frantum, SmartTrips & Ambassador Program Coordinator, City of Portland

Rich Cassidy, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Portland

Marne Duke, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, Metro


Below is an example of our typical workshop schedule (e.g. field tours may shift in timing according to weather, etc.). This is subject to change with the launch of our next workshop.



Introductions + Orientation

Tactical Urbanism and Urban Prototyping

Field Tour: Tactical Urbanism and Urban Prototyping

Field Tour: Sunday Parkways (open streets bike event by the City)

Evening: (optional) Ride and Social Hour


If You Build It, Will They Come?: Policy Frameworks

Vision Zero and Culture Change

Field Tour: Implementing Employer-based TDM Strategies (PSU and OHSU)

SmartTrips: A City-driven TDM Strategy

Media Campaigns and Communicating the Value


Field Tour: Portland's "Livable Streets" Community Programs

TDM Success Stories from the Oregon Metro Region

Innovation in TDM Strategies Nationwide

How Do You Measure Success and Growth?

Guideed Reflection: Applying Lessons Learned


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: 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.


Questions about the workshop? See our F.A.Q. below, and reach out to Cait at asktrec@pdx.edu if you have additional questions.

  • What is the refund policy?
    We offer refunds up until 30 days prior to the workshop, less a $50 service fee. The registered participant is able to invite another person to substitute their place in the workshop at any time, at no charge. This is subject to change, and we will announce our 2022 refund policy if/when we open registration.

  • Are continuing education credits provided?
    This 3-day workshop is eligible for approximately 19.5 hours of training which equals to 19.5 CMs or 19.5 PDHs, and will also be submitted for AICP credits (see our provider summary here). We will provide an attendance certificate to those who need to document their professional development hours. 

  • Will you be able to meet my dietary needs?
    We order our breakfasts from a variety of vendors, and adjust our orders based on the needs of each year's cohort. For lunch, we stop at some of Portland's famous large "food cart pods" and local restaurants.

  • Why are the number of e-bikes limited?
    We are limited to the number of e-bikes available to us from the PSU Bike Hub. In 2021 they received a grant to purchase 25 new e-bikes, and we hope to be able to utilize this new fleet for our next workshop.

  • What should we bring on the field tours?
    A backpack is recommended as our bike rentals do not have racks or baskets for carrying any items. We recommend bringing: Water! And, more water. Sunblock, sunglasses and personal snacks are also recommended. The workshop hosts will be traveling with you everywhere, carrying spare water, first aid kits, and patch / bike repair kits.

  • Will there be time to take photos on the field tours?
    Yes, we will be making frequent stops to discuss the infrastructure we're learning about. The workshop hosts will be taking a lot of photos of the sites and the students during the whole workshop. These photos will be made available to all students for usage.