IBPI Workshop: Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses

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Hosted every summer since 2012, 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.

To keep the workshop interactive, walking and bicycling tours are incorporated in order for participants to experience first-hand the innovative design solutions used in Portland and other U.S. cities that encourage active transportation. The course will be a combination of classroom instruction and field visits by bike/e-scooter and foot to Portland’s “living laboratory”.

The field tour will be about 8 miles with some mild elevation and done at a moderate pace. 


Participants should be instructors teaching within an accredited planning or engineering program, with a focus on transportation, or Ph.D. candidate students completing your degree program within 12 months of the workshop date and planning to teach transportation courses. We will follow up with participants to find out how they integrated the course information into their teaching. See photos from the 2019 workshop.

After eight years of hosting this workshop, we can boast 94 participants from 54 universities in 30 states, plus Canada and Mexico. This map offers a snapshot of our national impact to date:


This two-day workshop, typically held in June, will likely be held again in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fill out this interest form if you would like us to notify you of that decision.

In 2019 the workshop fee was $150, which included:

  • Light breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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.

This annual workshop is supported by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), a U.S. DOT funded center. This funding supports a lower workshop fee to increase access to this course.


Below are the two core instructors, but additional guest instructors are involved every year.

Christopher Monsere, Department Chair & Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Portland State University

Dr. Christopher M. Monsere is Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the in the Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science at Portland State University. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the School of Urban Studies & Planning (USP). Monsere received his BSCE from the University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, Michigan) in 1995; his MSCE with an emphasis in transportation from Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) in 1997; and his Ph.D. in civil engineering at Iowa State University in 2001. Dr. Monsere’s current research agenda broadly covers the area of multimodal transportation safety; management and dissemination of large transportation datasets.

Drusilla van Hengel, Nelson\Nygaard

Drusilla van Hengel is a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard. She has more than 20 years of academic and practical transportation planning and operations experience. She focuses on bicycle and pedestrian master planning and capital project development, project evaluation, healthy communities, and safe routes to schools and parks. Her academic background and public sector work in land development, traffic operations, and community planning provides a unique perspective and rich depth of experience that has benefited communities across the country as they decide how to take their next move toward making walking and bicycling viable options for people of all ages and abilities.


The agenda for this two-day course is revised every year to incorporate the latest in transportation conten. For a general idea of what the course covers, take a look at the 2019 agenda (PDF).


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 $10 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 when we announce our 2022 refund policy.

  • Are continuing education credits provided?
    This 2-day workshop is eligible for approximately 13 hours of training which equals to 13 CMs or 13 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 restaurants which offer a wide variety of foods that meet different needs.

  • 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 daily bike 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 biking with you everywhere, carrying spare water, first aid kit, and patch / bike repair kits.

  • Will there be time to take photos on the bike 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.