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IBPI Summer Study Abroad: Active Transportation in the Netherlands

Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI)
Jun 23, 2019
Utrecht, NL


Offered through the Intiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at Portland State University, this 36-credit professional study abroad program presents an introduction to active transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context.



Practitioners are invited to attend this one-week study abroad course, June 23–30 (36 AICP credits). Curriculum will compare U.S. and Netherlands problems, priorities and solutions with specific emphasis on design and engineering principles. Leading bicycle professionals responsible for creating and maintaining the Netherlands' world-class bikeway system will teach the Dutch approach to bike and pedestrian 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 start incorporating Dutch principles into your next project, and adapting them for a North American context. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context
  • Identify various options for treating intersections that incorporate bicycle facilities
  • Network with international experts from the various facets of bikeway design
  • Leverage land uses to better support active transportation
  • Feel rejuvenated and excited to go back to work and make an impact!

The daily itineray is subject to change.

  • Sunday, June 23: Arrive in Utrecht; Welcome Dinner
  • Monday, June 24: Get bikes! Orientation & bike safety. Take a tour of the city and watch welcome presentations from the instructors.
  • Tuesday, June 25: Lecture: Urban Transportation in the Netherlands—Biking, Bike Infrastructure, and Policy; Bike Tour in Utrecht with Ronald Tamse (featuring bike parking, car-free zones in the center city, road diets, rails to trails, and a new bridge); Bike Tour (featuring case studies of retrofit projects to accommodate more cyclists, and problem intersections)
  • Wednesday, June 26: Bike Tour: Rotterdam (featuring bicycle infrastructure and programs)
  • Thursday, June 27: Bike Tour: Houten (featuring Vision Zero, bike infrastructure and unique land use)
  • Friday, June 28: Bike Tour: Amsterdam (featuring transit facilities)
  • Saturday, June 29: Bike Tour: The Hovenring (a suspended cycle path roundabout between the localities of Eindhoven, Veldhoven, and Meerhoven)
  • Sunday, June 30: Departures


Transportation engineers, urban planners, advocates, policymakers, municipal staff and other transportation professionals interested in nurturing cycling in their communities. Participants must be able to bike up to 10 miles a day.


The registration deadline is March 15, 2019. Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions. Requests for reasonable accommodations are made through the registration process.


Nick Falbo, Portland State University Adjunct Faculty
Nick Falbo, Senior Transportation Planner at the City of Portland, is an urban planner and designer specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation. He has a personal interest in visual communication for planning, as a way to tell stories, communicate new ideas, and open minds. He is also the creator of the Protected Intersections for Bicyclists video proposal for adapting Dutch intersection designs to US streets. Nick has been a lead instructor on the annual IBPI Bikeway Design summer workshop for many years.

Additional instruction and support provided by John MacArthur and Aaron Golub of Portland State University.


Program Fee: $3,735
PSU Application Fee: $25
Additional Estimated Costs: $2,290.00
Total Estimated Costs: $5,870


  • Housing in a centrally located accommodation
  • Bike rental in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Delft
  • Round trip train tickets 
    • Amsterdam --> Utrecht
    • Utrecht --> Rotterdam
    • Utrecht --> Delft
  • One day Amsterdam public transportation pass 
  • Two guest lectures by local experts on the following topics: Smart Cities expert session on "Smart Mobility", Transportation Planning and Bike Infrastructure in Rotterdam 
  • Transit Infrastructure tour of Amsterdam (including the main rail and transit station) 
  • Day trip to Rotterdam: a major port city known for its ship history and modern architecture 
  • Education Abroad service fee 
  • International Health Insurance 
  • 24/7 on-site support


  • International round-trip airfare 
  • Additional meals 
  • Personal spending money
  • Passport or visa (US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program)
Published on:
February 15, 2019 - 12:00am
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