Impact

A central focus of IBPI is sharing our expertise with current practitioners and enhancing their skills through our professional development workshops. Here are some ways that practitioners have integrated course takeaways in their communities, and a close-up look at the way Moscow, Idaho staff took the course and ran with it.

2017 Testimonials: 

How will you use the information and experience gained from the workshop?

"As we are developing a new AT Plan right now, a new TMP, and a wayfinding plan, I think having these ideas laid out so clearly and concisely will really positively influence my thinking about these projects. Sometimes it's about creating that framework for your thinking and having words to describe how you think. Translating I think. I will share what I learned with my colleagues. Photos and selected portions from the presentations."

"I plan on starting inter-agency bike rides to help Seattle planning professionals talk about real problems outside of meeting rooms. We're actively working on new facility designs that promote safe bike access to transit. We will also be starting a new pass-through grant program for cities in King County that are interested in promoting bike/walk access to transit. As LA Metro seems to have a similar program, I intend to reach out to Brett to see what we can learn from their example."

"As a traffic engineer, hoping to make a successful transition from work on bicycle infrastructure in my hometown Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to here in the United States where I moved couple a months ago, I have to say that the workshop provided me concise and valuable theoretical insight through the lectures by experienced professionals. However, I think that the field part of the workshop was even better because we overviewed the best practice solutions and innovations in bicycle facilities design. I believe this experience will help me in my future job hunt and career. Also, I intend to use some of this experience and try transferring and perhaps applying some of it in Sarajevo which is in the process of development of bicycle facilities."

"I hope to use some of the treatments learned from the workshop in projects here as we roll out our complete streets plan."

2016 Testimonials:

How will you use the information and experience gained from the workshop?

"I've already used it! Trying to implement protected intersections now. Picking through my files/notes etc. as projects evolve. Really had a new insight also on how to use FHWA etc. to get input on variations to
some of the recommendations to allow the City to feel more comfortable when we have to vary from the recommended."

"I'm taking back comments from our local challenge. The main recommendations I'm taking back are the following:
1. Our local agency relies on the MTP for transportation planning. We really should create our own transportation plan. It will better enable us to implement the regional goals.
2. Perform simple data collection, analysis and reporting for projects
3. Incorporate safety data into traffic impact assessment guidance
4. We've been having a variety of issues with some local advocates about prioritization processes. It was helpful to gather a variety of prioritization schemes from the workshop.
5. We plan and construct a lot of sidepaths. I came away thinking that building a new sidepath is not terribly different than building a new cycle track and I can see how we can modify our plans and practices to
transition from sidepaths to the consideration and provision of cycle tracks.
6. Finally, I like how Portland provides sharrows in right-turn-only lanes when you don't have space for a bicycle lane on the intersection approach. I also like how the bike lane stripping seems extra wide -
wider than 6". Those are two simple things that I hope we can adopt. I will apply the gained knowledge to current and upcoming projects. My supervisor has asked me to do a "brown bag" presentation about
what I learned at the workshop, so I will be sharing gained knowledge with my coworkers."

"I'll be working to incorporate information into project development. I'll also be lobbying for other planners/engineers and local leaders in my community to attend future similar workshops."

"We will try to incorporate what we've learned into creating our bike and pedestrian network plan and for how to best implement these facilities on the ground with best current practices. The neighborhood
greenways are very intriguing to us as a quick and practical means to get our network going in our smaller city."

"We will complete planning and start implementing a network of bicycle facilities suitable for all ages and abilities. There were many good ideas for promotion and justifying the need for bicycle improvements.
I will use the safety benefits for all street users as a selling point."

2015 Testimonials:

Bike box design in San Diego, California

    • "Much of the information I learned will be put into practice evaluating bicycle facility projects in San Diego. For example, we have installed under an "experiment" process six bike boxes, many of them differ from those in the NACTO guidelines. With a better understanding of bike box design, I can evaluate the experiments more thoughtfully."

Non-urban bike infrastrucutre in King County, Washington 

    • "Riding the bike facilities in Washington County was very eye opening for me. I work on Active Transportation plans for small communities outside of Seattle and I will be able to point to WA County as an example of how to implement good bicycle infrastructure even in suburban/rural areas."

Urban ciclovia events

    • "I plan to initiate a SmartTrips program and Sunday Parkways event in the next year, as well as informing our multi-modal thoroughfare planning effort and complete streets design guidelines that are currently under development. The information on Sunday Parkways and the more urban bicycle facility treatments are most useful to me."

Process and implementation

    • "Specific design guidance was helpful. However, the MOST helpful have been the "backstory" information regarding how to implement change, including dealing with obsolete regulations, funding constraints, opposition to projects, and staff understanding of the purpose of these changes at city agencies."

Testimonials from previous years:

Wichita-Sedgwick County, Kansas

    • Bicycle wayfinding: "We have a project funded to install bicycle wayfinding signage. We’ve done a previous pilot project in the City and are excited to apply lessons learned from Portland into the new project along the K-96 Path … and we’re also looking at including it in all of our new bikeway projects."
    • Bicycle boulevards: "Our Engineering staff are doing an awesome job with the designs for two new bicycle boulevards. It was great to be able to experience them in Portland. We are looking at utilizing some mini-round abouts for traffic calming."
    • HAWK signals: "HAWK signals – we’re looking into using them in some select locations. It was really interesting to see how Portland had applied them (some are dark when not in use, with different phases than normal – i.e. removed stop and proceed phase to prevent crashes, etc.)"

City of Topeka, Kansas

    • Focus on community: "One lesson that really stuck out for me and that I implemented immediately was telling our very passionate bike community to not show up to City Council or Planning Commission meetings in their bike gear. I hadn’t ever thought how that could be a detriment prior to the workshop, but it was explained that when people come decked out in bike gear it can appear that the change/ordinance/bike issue is just for “bike people” or a certain group instead of the community at large." 

City of Portsmouth, Virginia

    • Enhanced facilities: "I have revisited bike lane plans we had drawn up a couple of years ago to see if we had enough pavement width to provide a more enhanced facility- to better cater to the interested but concerned crowd. I now view a traditional bike lane as the facility of last choice, an application I’ll install only if no other alternatives exist due to pavement width constraints."
    • Shifting target segment: "Many of our more vocal bike advocates (and staff) tend to be the more skilled road bikers and I have been trying to communicate the message that if we want to have a real mode-shift to get more people onto bikes we need to focus on the "interested but concerned" segment of the population and make it convenient to use bikes for day to day needs (not just for the long-distance weekend rides)."

Shasta County, California

    • Facilities: "I’m working with a community college on improving bicycle and ped facilities on campus and advocating for non-motorized facilities near campus, as well as encourage students to walk and bike more often. Information and contacts I made at the course last summer have helped with this project.


Portland, Maine 

    • Comfort: "The importance of meeting the safety AND comfort needs of cyclists of all ages and abilities when selecting types of bicycle facilities for particular streets and the details of the designs - while safety is most important, increasing the amount of cycling requires attention to the comfort needs of cyclists as well and requires balance often competing considerations."
    • Lanes and Cycle Tracks: "The design and application of protected bicycle lanes/cycle tracks, a yet to be implemented bicycle facility type here but are likely to be soon incorporated into the redesign of a major corridor in the city."