Study Abroad: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

Monday, June 25, 2018, 8:00am PDT to Friday, July 6, 2018, 5:00pm PDT

Applications are now open and are due by March 11, 2018

Brought to you by our Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation program, 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.

Specific emphases on planning and engineering principles, policy, and practice will be explored through field trips, tours and guest lectures, while visiting Amsterdam, Utrecht and Houten. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions. No previous language study required.

Come rent your fiets and experience some of the best biking infrastructure in the world!


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National Summer Transportation Institute 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 8:00am PDT to Friday, July 20, 2018, 4:30pm PDT

Applications for NSTI 2018 are not yet open.
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Registration is open to female and female-identified students currently in high school.

For the third year in a row, we're hosting a National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) for high school girls. This two-week residence camp offers any student entering the 9–12 grade who identifies as female an immersive introduction to the workings of the Portland transportation system.

Half of each day is spent in the classroom hearing from PSU faculty and guest lecturers from ODOT, the FHWA, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, the Port of Portland, and various other public and private transportation agencies that operate in the Portland metro area.

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IBPI Workshop: Bikeway Design

Monday, August 13, 2018, 8:00am PDT to Friday, August 17, 2018, 4:30pm PDT

We're hosting two workshops through our program, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), this summer. Learn more about the second workshop on "Encouragement and Engagement" (Aug 19 - 21) here.


As communities have put bikeway plans into effect, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t -- how to plan effectively, design correctly and make investments that get results. We’ve distilled those lessons into this course, which covers the fundamentals of bikeway design and planning through an intensive week of interactive classroom, field tours, and design exercises. 

Instructors draw from their years of experience, along with project examples, to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. The pioneers and leading practitioners in the field will teach the fundamentals of bikeway 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 get started on your next project.

Over the years, the Portland area has implemented numerous types of innovative bicycle facilities and treatments, providing a unique “living...

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IBPI Workshop: Encouragement and Engagement

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 8:00am PDT to Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 4:30pm PDT

We're hosting two workshops through our program, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), this summer. Learn more about the second workshop on "Bikeway Design" (Aug 13 - 17) here.


This three-day workshop offers strategies for building and strengthening communities around walking and bicycling. For example, Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobile traffic so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing. With hundreds of documented initiatives in the Americas, Open Streets are an increasingly popular way for cities to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health benefits. A complementary approach, Tactical Urbanism, leverages temporary low-solutions to engineering problems to help community members reimagine their streets.

This course offers insights and strategies to make the case for policymakers, inspire communities, and build a movement toward healthier, more active cities. 


Urban planners, community advocates, policymakers, municipal staff and other transportation professionals interested in nurturing walking and cycling in their communities.

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