Tuesday, September 12

The day after the Summit, we offer hands-on workshops for those who want to gain new skills and dive deeply into specific subject areas. When registering for the conference, you can add the Workshop Day to your registration. You can also register for a workshop a la carte, without registering for the Summit Day. 


    8:00–8:30 am Coffee and check-in
    8:30-12:00 pm Morning workshop time
    12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
    1:00-4:30 pm Afternoon workshop time
    Full Day Workshops


    Tactical Urbanism

    The idea is temporary, but the concept is permanent. 

    Pedestrian plazas, parklets, pop-up bike lanes, open streets. 

    "Tactical Urbanism," "pop-ups," demonstrations, pilots or trials.

    Whatever you want to call them, these low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment are going on all around the world. Aimed at improving public spaces for the people that use them, tactical urbanism projects are all about action and changing your city for the better, without waiting.

    This workshop will take a brief look at the term Tactical Urbanism, exploring the origin of the movement and the language behind these projects. We will then dig deeper into who does these projects, discussing the pros and cons of having citizen-led projects in addition to fully sanctioned demonstrations.

    The workshop will examine case studies and focus on ways to implement tactical urbanism into the work we do as public and private employees in the industry. Providing a live, on-the-ground demonstration of a potential project is much more valuable than an open house, and these projects provide the perfect format for testing out ideas. The goal is to show people how things might work when we design our public space for people. 

    Come with ideas or questions! There will be plenty of time for discussion both in small groups and with the entire audience.

    Gwen Shaw, Toole Design Group



    Using novel data sources to support transportation planning and analysis

    Transportation data sources are expanding rapidly in the Portland-Metro region, across the state and nation. Do you feel on top of the latest data sources, and aware of their different strengths and weaknesses, and how they can help transportation planning and analysis projects?

    This workshop will provide you an overview of these new data and help you sort through GPS-based speed and route data (e.g, Inrix, HERE, AirSage, Strava), and other novel data sources. In addition, you will learn more about Portal, a regional data archive for freeway traffic volumes, arterial signal data, travel time, bicycle counts, transit and freight data, as well as iPEMs, the tool to access national GPS datasets. Equally important, limitations of these data sources will be noted, such as temporal and geographical resolution, coverage (e.g., state facilities or all streets), access restrictions and user agreements. This introductory workshop will get you started with ideas on how to access, query, visualize, and analyze data from these different sources, via presentations of case study examples using these data along with a deep dive hands-on session of a few popular data sources. The instructors will be drawn from power users and/or representatives from data vendors.

    Liming Wang, Portland State University



    Walkability Audits: Identifying and evaluating the walkability of your community

    A walkable environment that includes getting from home to a bus stop, a neighbor's, a park or the grocery store is a critical part of the network for people of all ages and abilities. To advocate for walkability, you need to know how to measure walkability, and how to effectively engage designers, planners and engineers, parents, advocates, and shop owners to improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists.

    This full day workshop merges popular techniques for evaluating active transportation needs from both the community development and design perspectives. We will teach participants how to lead a walk audit that engages participants in their environment and solicits their observations to identify improvements needed.

    Attendees will gain an introduction to the walk audit concept and conduct an actual one hour walk audit. Dress comfortably! We will be walking!

    Learning objectives:

    • Discover the philosophy of walkability
    • Learn the technical aspects of walkability: ADA, lighting, crossings, barriers
    • Understand the tools of mobility and safety
    • Limitations/opportunities of city planning and policy


    Walkability experts from Alta Planning + Design:
    Hannah Day-Kapell, Senior Associate
    Don Kostelec, AICP, Senior Associate


    Walk, don’t run? Advancing the state of the practice in pedestrian demand modeling

    Motivated by policy questions around climate change, health impacts, safety, and quality of life, there have been significant advances in the development and application of non-motorized demand modeling in the last ten years. 

    This has been facilitated by the increasing availability of travel behavior data and detailed information on the quality of the pedestrian environment. This workshop will convene key researchers and practitioners to review these modeling improvements, discuss key challenges for bringing research to practice, and plan for the next phase of research and tool development.

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Discuss key challenges and opportunities in pedestrian modeling and overview the state of the practice
    • Identify data needs and opportunities to improve models
    • Learn how to determine the appropriate scale to represent pedestrian networks and other attributes
    • Forecast model data inputs, link model outputs to health impacts and safety, improve the sensitivity of tools
    • Identify and prioritize next steps to improve practice


    Kelly Clifton, Portland State University
    Joe Broach, Portland State University
    Robert Schneider, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
    Patrick Singleton, Utah State University



    Community Engagement: Strategies to design your path to success

    The first Core Value of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) says that “Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process.”

    At the same time, research shows that decisions require stronger public support when there are potential long term impacts and/or large financial investments at stake.

    In this half-day workshop, learn how to create meaningful engagement for more equitable, enduring, and supported plans, projects, and programs that involve stakeholders at the right levels of participation. Through small group work, workshop attendees will:

    • Address real scenarios to explore public involvement strategies and tools
    • Learn to use a framework for writing a sophisticated, doable and effective public involvement plan
    Francesca Patricolo, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
    Linda Ginenthal, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation



    Systemic Safety Analysis: A comprehensive method for safety planning and implementations

    In 2015, 450 people died in transportation-related crashes in Oregon. Think about it—every day, at least one person in Oregon is killed while using our road network! This doesn’t even include the number of people who are seriously injured. We know this is too many people (and even one is too many).  We also know we need to do something about it.  

    Historically, we have focused our roadway safety analysis and funding on reducing crashes and injuries at "high crash locations." Recently we have added Systemic Safety Analysis to our analytical toolbox. Systemic safety analysis focuses on identifying risk factors associated with crashes, identifying locations with the risk factors, developing a set of countermeasures for mitigating the risks, and developing a program to implement the countermeasures. 

    According to the FHWA Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool,  systemic safety analysis involves "widely implemented improvements based on high risk roadway features correlated with specific crash types. The approach provides a more comprehensive method for safety planning and implementations."  It also complements a traditional site-specific safety analysis. 

    In this workshop we will provide an overview of systemic safety analysis, present the usRAP tool and some example applications, demonstrate data mining and analysis through the update to the Oregon Roadway Departure Implementation Plan, and discuss the second implementation of the ODOT All Roads Traffic Safety program. 

    Bring a calculator and your thinking cap, as there will be small group exercises.

    For more information, see the full outline of the workshop.

    Beth Wemple, HDR
    Reginald Souleyrette, University of Kentucky
    Doug Bish, ODOT


    Data Analysis for Smarties who Forgot what they Learned in College

    Remember that stats class you took in college? If you’re like most, probably not. But, you have some data you need to analyze – a survey, traffic counts, crash data – and use in a memo or report to your boss, client, commission, the public, etc.. How do you know if the differences you see are “statistically significant”? Do you use a Chi-square or t-test? Row percent or column percent? How do you write up those findings? What do those regression model results someone shared really mean? This workshop will provide a refresher on how to analyze quantitative data, including the most common statistical tests, how to write about data, and how to create decent graphs to display the data – all using Excel.

    Jennifer Dill, Portland State University