Mobile Tours

We will do our best to provide you with bicycles for the tours. Please bring your helmet as helmets are not provided. If you are interested in renting a bike that you can hold on to for the duration of your stay, we recommend renting from PSU Bike Hub as it is very near to the conference venue. You should arrange this rental on your own. You can view their online rental options here. A second option, Cycle Portland, is a bike tour and rental company located in Old Town. They have offered a 15% discount for any conference participant. You can view their online rental options here.


Mobile Tours 1 | Friday 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Walking tour: Cartopia: Tour Portland’s Food Cart Revolution

Tour Portland’s famed food cart scene with Cartopia author and city planner, Kelly Rodgers. Visit a handful of Portland’s food cart “pods” while learning about the policies, code, and culture that enabled them to thrive. We’ll stop at a few Portland landmarks along the way, including Keller Fountain and Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Led by Kelly Rogers. Kelly Rodgers is the Executive Director of StreetWise, a non-profit organization that is developing an evidence-based transportation planning website that illustrates the effect of transportation strategies on community goals. Kelly has nearly 20 years of city planning experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working in a variety of areas including green infrastructure and stormwater management, community design, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation. Kelly also wrote and published Cartopia: Portland’s Food Cart Revolution—an exploration of the independent culture, artisan economy, and foodie scene that created Portland’s street food revolution. Kelly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University, a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and is soon-to-be a doctoral student in Urban Studies at Portland State University.

Bicycle tour: Tilikum Crossing, Springwater Trail and South Waterfront

Let’s take a ride over the only major no-car (cyclist/pedestrian/transit only) bridge in the US! We’ll see some interesting public art installations, take in beautiful views of the Willamette River & downtown Portland from the Springwater trail, and meander through the recently redeveloped South Waterfront neighborhood.


Mobile Tours 2 | Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Walking Tour: Streets as Places

Streets are often thought of as ways to move through rather than as a place to be. Come explore Portland’s special streets, where placemaking is favored over throughput. See and discuss creative sidewalks, level surface streets, shared space streets, and other unique street configurations.

Led by Nick Falbo. Nick Falbo is a Senior Planner at Alta Planning + Design, specializing in the design of separated bike lanes, spaces for people, and transit oriented complete streets. Nick spreads his knowledge and love of good street design as a NACTO certified trainer, and as an adjunct instructor of Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning at Portland State University. Working at the strategic intersection of design, life, and transportation, Nick helps create active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities.

Walking Tour: Leveraging Partnerships for Open Space Investments

This study tour provides an overview of a long history of innovative partnerships between public agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to build, maintain, restore, and program a world-class system of parks and open spaces. Beyond the world-class design of the parks on this tour, we’ll discuss those partnerships and the implications for community and urban development, as well as explore future evolution of the PPP model.

Bicycle tour: Your City, Repaired

Join us on this tour of urban spaces transformed into community-oriented places. See a selection of sites where local non-profit City Repair has helped residents come together to beautify the public right-of-way and hear from those involved with the process.

Led by Timo Forsberg. Timo Forsberg is a Transportation Demand Management Specialist with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). He leads classes and bicycle rides, designs activities and materials to for the City’s SmartTrips program, and has been a key player in providing resources and encouragement to Portlanders to make more of their trips by biking, walking and transit.

Bicycle Tour: Bread & Butter Bike Facilities

Portland is recognized as one of the most bicycle friendly cities in North America. With 7% of residents commuting by bike to work, Portland has about twice as many bike riders as the next busiest large bicycle friendly city in America. This tour will focus on the infrastructure that invites Portlanders to get on their bikes and not only ride to/from work, but also for fun and community. We’ll see a mixed variety of bike lanes, crossing treatments, and off-road pathways.

Led by Greg Raisman. Greg Raisman is a Traffic Safety Specialist in the Active Transportation and Safety Division at the City of Portland. Greg's work at the Portland Bureau of Transportation aims to create safe and livable streets that provide independence for all ages and abilities, strengthen businesses, and engage people with each other and their city. Related to bicycle transportation, Greg has been a leader in developing the Neighborhood Greenway network, bicycle parking corrals, and has served on numerous technical committees for various bicycle facilities on busy streets.


Mobile Tours 3 | Saturday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Walking tour of Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks

Co-sponsored by Better Block PDX and Oregon Walks, this tour highlights a one-mile segment of the Green Loop concept, which proposes to take the idea of Open Streets beyond temporary closing of streets.  Better Block PDX volunteer leaders will share how community partnerships were forged, and planners and urban designers will expand on how different design alternatives can transform the right-of-way to be more egalitarian for all modes of transportation.

Led by Marc Asnis. Marc Asnis is an Urban Designer for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. His commitment to ecological, inclusive urbanism informs his role as an advisor to a wide range of citywide planning and design efforts. His work incorporates the latest in green infrastructure, sustainable architecture, and environmental technologies to create a vision of a more livable, biophilic city. Marc has been involved in the development of the Green Loop for the past 4 years, working with partner agencies, stakeholders, and the public to help refine the concept and build partnerships to bring the concept one step closer to reality. Prior to working at BPS, he was a designer at ONOFFICE Architects in Porto, Portugal and David Oakey Designs in LaGrange, Georgia. Marc is a LEED accredited professional. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

Bicycle tour of Behind-the-Scenes of the Sunday Parkways

A special behind-the-scenes look at what makes Portland Sunday Parkways work for participants and neighbors. This tour will examine not just the things that work, but the problems that get solved. What better way to learn than to spend time on the parkway route one day before the big event?