IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, July 19, 2019 - 5:00pm

This event is hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. This summer we're hosting three workshops through our program, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI). Learn more: Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses (June 20–21) and Planning for Active Transportation: If You Build It, Will They Come? (July 21–23).


As communities have 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, providing a unique “living laboratory” to study. 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!




Introductions + Orientation

Settting 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


Innovation in Bicycle Facility Design: Network Approach and Protected Bike Lanes 

Field Tour (Portland): Bicycle Facility Design - A Low Stress Network

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



Nick Falbo, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Portland

Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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


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 up to 10 miles a day, and expect mild elevation. 


Register hereThe $1200 fee includes light breakfast, lunch, course materials and standard bike rental. Electric-assist bicycles can be rented separately through the Bike Hub for an extra fee.


Need to modify or cancel your registration? Email us at Refunds are available through Monday, June 14, 2019 less a $100 service fee. The registered participant may invite another person to substitute their place in the workshop at any time at no charge.


This 5-day workshop is eligible for approximately 30 hours of training which equals to 30 CMs or 30 PDHs, and will 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. 


ON-CAMPUS HOUSINGParticipants in this Comprehensive Bikeway Design workshop are eligible to register for housing in PSU residence halls. More information will be posted soon.

VISITING PORTLAND: For those wishing to stay off campus, we can recommend some nearby hotels and tips for getting around town.

Requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to Conference & Events Office, (503) 725-CONF, email: or the Disability Resource Center, (503) 725-4150, e-mail: In order to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be provided in time for this event, please make your requests as soon as possible.

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.