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The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) is a center that aims to advance bicycle and pedestrian travel through professional development, knowledge sharing, and workforce development. We are housed at TREC, Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center. Our location in Portland – a national leader in multi modal travel – provides the ideal setting for interactive study, practice, and education.


Education and Training

IBPI sponsors university and continuing education programs to foster a new generation of transportation professionals who are more holistic in their approach to community and transportation systems. We are creating courses and re-tooling existing curriculum to support student experience and knowledge in all aspects of bicycle and pedestrian transportation planning, design, and policy. Continuing education offerings provide on-going training for professionals to extend their knowledge in bicycle and pedestrian practice by focusing on relevant topics in planning, design, and program development.

We have started the Active Transportation Endowed Scholarship (through the generous donation of a local philanthropist and several local firms) to support students interested in bicycle and pedestrian travel as a career through scholarships and internships. Help us fund the future of active transportation with a donation.

We convene Portland's leading experts to teach multi-day workshops for active transportation professionals looking to hit the ground running (or cycling!) as they design multimodal options in their communities. We've been teaching these essential design skills for over a decade now, and have tutored over 550 professionals, from 34 states and 5 countries with many success stories. These intensive, immersive learning opportunities serve as a valuable source of knowledge, connections, and inspiration to each cohort, so let us know if you’d like to be notified about our 2019 IBPI workshops and study abroad program.

2019 Education and Training for BikePed Professionals

Study Abroad: Sustainable Transportation in Utrecht, Netherlands (June 24 - July 5, 2019)
June 24 to July 5, 2019.

Open to both students and professionals, this four-credit, two-week course presents an introduction to sustainable transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. An immersive experience to explore the Dutch approach to cycling, transit, innovative mobility and land use– the curriculum will feature material that provides a comparison between U.S. and the Netherlands problems, priorities, and solutions. [Notify me with 2019 updates on the study abroad program]

Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses (Summer 2019)

Typically offered in June (dates TBD), 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. [Read about the 2018 Workshop]

Comprehensive Bikeway Design (Summer 2019)

Typically offered in July or August (dates TBD), this week-long workshop covers the fundamentals of bikeway design and planning through an intensive week of interactive classroom, field tours, and design exercises. Transportation engineers, urban planners, advocates, policymakers, municipal staff and other transportation professionals interested in nurturing cycling in their communities should attend. Participants must be able to bike up to 10 miles a day, and expect mild elevation. [Read about the 2018 Workshop]

Creating Effective Active Transportation Programs (Summer 2019)

Typically offered in August (dates TBD), this three-day workshop offers strategies for building and strengthening communities around increased walking and bicycling. You'll learn and experience firsthand the design of various successful active transportation programs that incorporate these encouragement and engagement strategies. The course offers insights and methods to make the case for policymakers, inspire communities, and build a movement toward healthier, more active cities. [Read about the 2018 Workshop]


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