IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design

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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.

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 one-week course has trained over 250 professionals from across 30 U.S. States and abroad. It's designed for 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 6 - 12 miles a day, and expect mild elevation. 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 (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 2019 workshop, and of previous years.


This workshop, typically held in August / September, may still be held in 2021. Fill out this interest form if you would like us to notify you of that decision.

In 2020 the workshop fee was $1,200*, 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 next workshop.


As the course agenda becomes finalized, instructors may change. The instructors listed below typically teach this course year after year.

Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Nick Falbo, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Portland
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


Below is an example of our typical workshop schedule (e.g. bike rides may shift in timing according to weather, etc.).


Sunday Parkways with the City of Portland (optional)


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)



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 $100 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 if/when we announce our 2021 refund policy.

  • Are continuing education credits provided?
    This 5-day workshop is eligible for approximately 30 hours of training which equals to 30 CMs or 30 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" which offer a wide variety of foods that meet different needs. We always stop at the SE "Cartopia" pod!

  • 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.