The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation

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A major program of the Transportation Research and Education Center, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) advances active transportation research and design for professionals, educators, and university students through training, curriculum development and scholarships.

Founded in 2007, we work with Portland State University faculty in urban studies and planning and civil engineering to conduct interdisciplinary research and integrate bicycle and pedestrian topics into our university courses to support the next generation of professionals. Our location in Portland, Oregon – a national leader in multimodal travel – provides the ideal environment to teach safe, convenient and accessible active transportation and promote a culture of walking and biking.

Through our IBPI program we have worked closely with community partners, policymakers, and consultants, including the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, Metro, Alta Planning + Design, the Street Trust, and Oregon Walks on collaborative research initiatives. 


Our Workshops in Portland, Oregon

For over a decade we have been hosting a diverse mix of one to multi-day workshops that train active transportation professionals, sharing the knowledge gained from our research and collaborations with fellow bike-ped organizations. Since 2007 we’ve trained over 730 people from 44 U.S. states and 5 countries! Most notably, 45 colleagues from across the border in Canada have traveled to Portland, Oregon for these trainings. Fill out this form to be notified when we announce the next IBPI trainings.

Currently, we offer three flagship IBPI workshops in Portland:

Partner Events

We’ve partnered with many organizations over the years - both locally and nationally - to encourage cross collaboration and knowledge sharing in active transportation: the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and consulting firms in the city of Portland and WA County metro. Some major events we have provided leadership on:

2019 APBP Conference
With over 350 attendees, the 2019 conference of APBP was held on August 25-28, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Local Host Committee was chaired by TREC at PSU’s Cait McCusker, with additional support from PSU faculty and staff on the committee, in the program, and with tours.

2016 Open Streets Summit
Held August 18-21, 2016, the 3rd International Open Streets Summit was hosted over 170 attendees at Portland State University. The Open Streets Project is an advocacy project led by The Street Plans Collaborative, and the 2016 conference was organized by Street Plans, 8–80 Cities, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, and TREC at PSU.


Portland State research gives walking and bicycling their due as key pieces of a transportation system, exploring the choice to walk or cycle and how to make those options safer. It also looks at the economic factors of a system suited to cyclists and pedestrians. Our faculty, research staff and students at PSU are national experts in designing safe, effective and innovative bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.




Understanding that data on walking and cycling need to be put to use before they can help anyone, we work to make sure policymakers and professionals get the best research in formats they understand and use. In collaboration with our many partners, we have a long history in developing guidance for practitioners:


The Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture, first established by an endowment from Ann Niles in 2011, is a unique opportunity to bring world-class thinkers on pedestrian and bicycle issues to PSU and our local community. The annual lecture serves as a legacy to Ann Niles who was a strong advocate for livable neighborhoods and safer pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and served on many transportation-focused boards and committees in Portland. The Ann Niles speakers offer a fresh perspective and driving passion for safe, healthy, and sustainable active transportation. By promoting dialogue across disciplines and interests, this lecture series supports PSU's mission to "let knowledge serve the city."


University Curriculum

To create the transportation system of the future, investing in bike-ped education at the university level is just as important in investing in active transportation facilities and projects. At Portland State University we offer a wide range of transportation courses, degrees and programs, including a transportation certificate program. TREC is also home to the Better Block PSU university-community partnership program that connects PSU students to real world projects that promote equitable placemaking, community building, and active transportation advocacy.

Through our IBPI program, we’ve trained 94 transportation faculty members in an annual workshop to learn how to integrate bike-ped topics into their university courses.

Study Abroad in the Netherlands

This two-week Portland State University course (4 credits) offers an immersive experience to explore the Dutch approach to cycling, transit, innovative mobility and land use. The curriculum provides a comparison between U.S. and the Netherlands problems, priorities, and solutions. Specific emphasis on planning and engineering principles, policy, and practice will be explored through field trips, tours and guest lectures, while visiting Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, and Houten. Primarily hosted for university students, this experience is also open to transportation professionals.


Since 2007, IBPI has supported the next generation of bicycle and pedestrian professionals through two scholarships for PSU students who go above and beyond to advance active transportation design, programs, and community engagement practices: IBPI Active Transportation Scholarship and the IBPI Excellence in Active Transportation. All 34 of our past IBPI scholars have professions in active transportation, building the healthy, safe, and active future that we want to see.

The Active Transportation Endowed Scholarship was begun through the generous donation of a local philanthropist and several local firms, and you can help us fund the future of active transportation with your donation!