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Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0

Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0

July 25 - 29, 2016

Room 315, Engineering Building, Portland State University

Course Faculty: Peter KoonceNick Falbo, Rob Burchfield, Jessica Roberts, Dana Dickman, Drusilla van Hengel, Deven Young, Shelley Oylear, Steve Hoyt McBeth 


Course Overview

This IBPI advanced course covers the fundamentals of bikeway design and planning through an intensive week of interactive classroom and field experience and one-on-one problem solving with instructors. The course primarily focuses on improving existing bicycle networks. The course will highlight the latest research and innovative practice and provide you with skills and diverse perspectives to take your bike network to the next level.

Course instructors are experts in bicycle engineering, planning, policy and design. They draw from years of experience creating innovative designs, getting them implemented and then assessing and improving them over multiple generations. Instructors use project examples to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. Special emphasis is placed on working with stakeholders to change ineffective designs and navigate legal and institutional barriers to experimental approaches. 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions, multimodal and urban/suburban/rural context
  • Describe some traffic signal and control strategies to improve bicycle facility design
  • Use the FHWA Experiment process to test innovative bikeway design
  • Describe the differences between various national guidance on designing bicycle facilities
  • Identify different strategies for dealing with bike facilities at intersections
  • Describe and apply flexibility in design

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. Tours also detail the effects of changes to existing facilities, through road diets and other means.


To view the agenda for this year's workshop, click on the link below. The agenda is subject to change in future years.

 2.0 Detailed Agenda.pdf




Who Should Attend: Transportation engineers, urban planners, past participants of the 1.0 course, and others interested in in-depth engineering and planning examples of bikeway design and innovation. This course best serves people from communities who already have a developed bicycle network, particularly municipal staff and other transportation professionals who have worked for a few years in their roles and are continuing to work on implementing bicycle facilities.

Registration: The fee for this professional development course is $1,200. This includes continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, and course materials. The fee does not include travel, lodging or other meals while in Portland. Visit our Accommodations page for more information about lodging options in the PSU-campus area.

Course Notes: Students must be able to bike up to 10 miles a day, and expect mild elevation. Week-long bike rentals are available for $75. Please request the bike rental when registering for the workshop.

Continuing Education Credits: This 5-day workshop is typically eligible for approximately 30 hours of training which equals to 30 CMs or 30 PDHs. IBPI applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each course. We will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours. 

View photos from previous workshops!