2014 Oregon Active Transportation Summit Agenda

Topics on the Agenda for the 2014 Summit include: Multimodal Design and Integrating Transit as the Backbone of Active Transportation Systems, Public Engagement and Equity, Land Use and Parking, Travel Forecasting, Safe Routes to School, Youth and Families, Regional Trails, Public and Private Investments and Economic Vitality, Running Successful Programs, and Future Challenges and Opportunities for Active Transportation Funding.

See the detailed session descriptions here.

Planning Professionals: Through the Support of IBPI and OTREC, AICP credits will be available for designated sessionson Monday as well as the full-day NACTO trainings on Tuesday.

Monday, April 21, 2014, 8 am- 7:00 pm
Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th
Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Various central Portland locations

*additional cost of $50
Register by March 31 to reserve your print copy of the NACTO Guide.

**additional cost of $23

2014 Session Descriptions

Morning Plenary

Equitable, Inclusive, and Diverse: how do we prepare for the future of active transportation in Oregon?

Mara Gross, Director, Coalition for a Livable Future

Jared Franz, Law & Policy Associate, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
Elizabeth Williams, League of American Bicyclists Equity Advisory Council
Janis McDonald, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Mychal Tetteh, CEO, Community Cycling Center

Session Description:
Oregon's population is growing and increasingly multicultural. Our opening plenary session will focus on demographic changes and the opportunity we have to update our communities' approach with public engagement, providing access to the benefits of active transportation, and becoming more inclusive. How do we make sure the civic and economic benefits of investing in active transportation benefit all of our communities' residents?

Monday Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1 : 9:45-11:15

Developing regional trails: Mapping a path for moving intention to reality with a bit more velocity!

Put your frustrations to rest and come map out a plan of action to guide Oregon’s next 15 years of trail development! Oregon has seen a proliferation of interest in developing regional trails and regional trail systems across the state, to augment quality of life and build world-class infrastructure for trail users from around the globe. However, most of these ambitious, visionary community leaders who have embarked on an audacious multi-jurisdictional trail project have run into exceptional hurdles – whether they be leadership, environmental permitting, funding or implementation. Some visionary projects have hung in limbo for more than a decade. Come break down these barriers with us. Hear from trail projects that have had success, help identify common challenges, and develop a list of priority actions for Oregon to address in order to help actualize these trail systems.

Facilitator: Mark Davison, Planning Manager, Metro
Gary Chapman: Corvallis to the Coast Trail
Ralph Swineheart, Wallowa Union Historic Trail Consortium, Elgin to Wallowa Lake Trail

Healthy beginnings – Or how to build active transportation into your community by starting with kids

Rates of active travel to school are 60 percent higher at schools with Safe Routes to School programming compared to those without. The movement to get kids active on their way to school and in daily life is robust; the educational, encouragement and engineering programs are working; and interest from kids, parents, schools, health agencies and communities is rising. Safe Routes to Schools programs can be leveraged as a winning campaign to improve active transportation for all ages in Oregon cities and towns. This session will profile funding, policies, programs and case studies of Safe Routes to School programs and infrastructure in Oregon communities, and give participants the opportunity to share their ideas and challenges to get the next generation moving.

Robert Ping, Technical Assistance Program Manager, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (formerly Safe Routes to School National Partnership, BTA)
Shane Rhodes, Safe Routes to School Program Manager, City of Eugene
Scott Batson, Transportation Engineer, City of Portland
Jay Renkins, Director of Urban Planning Services, MIG, Inc.

Transit and active transportation (1.5 AICP credits)

This session will highlight how transit forms the backbone of a larger active transportation system and helps connect travelers to areas that are beyond their reach by bike or walking alone. Hear about this framework from various scales – short trips, regional commutes, statewide travel and beyond. Presentations will cover recent trends and analysis in CTUs (cycle-transit users), bikes-on-board, bike parking, locating bike share with transit stations and planning efforts underway, as well as real stories from current travelers who combine active transportation and transit.


Chris Smith, Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Michelle Poyourow, Jarrett Walker + Associates
Jeff Owen, Active Transportation Planner, TriMet
Sasha Luftig, Development Planner, Lane Transit District

How we get around: Barriers to active transportation and opportunities for advocacy in minority and low-income communities

What are the challenges faced by underserved, minority and low-income communities as their residents attempt to navigate by bike, bus or on foot? How can we address these challenges to help more people meet their daily needs actively? This session will allow members of minority and underserved communities from across the Portland metropolitan region to share the barriers they face in getting around, and their successful efforts to improve access to active transportation in their neighborhoods through transit advocacy, documenting pedestrian safety needs, and the Community Cycling Center’s “Understanding Barriers to Bicycling” project. Attendees will walk away understanding specific challenges to active transportation for underserved communities, and how they can support and build upon community-led efforts for change.

Facilitator: Amy Lubitow, Portland State University
Cameron Johnson, OPAL’s Bus Riders Unite
Jessica Reyes and Susanna Pacheco, Andando en Bicicletas en Cully
Abigail Hernades, and Eva Gomez, Adelante Mujer

Creating and using good counting information (1.5 AICP credits)

As old as it is true, the statement “It doesn’t count unless it’s counted” can still vex planners and advocates wanting to make the case that active transportation programs and investments in their communities are effective. Krista Nordback will explain how jurisdictions can create robust bicycle and pedestrian count programs based on new guidance from the Federal Highway Administration’s Traffic Monitoring Guide. Roger Geller will then briefly describe his city’s longtime bicycle counting program that has relied on the organized efforts of many volunteers – and, more importantly, how Portland has been able to use that data to illustrate the effectiveness of bicycling, demonstrate its increasing safety, and provide usable data to traffic engineers when designing intersections.

Krista will then share her award-winning research that demonstrates measurable increases in bicycling and reductions in automotive traffic associated with Boulder’s Bike to Work Day, the first study to document reduction in motor vehicle traffic from a Bike to Work Day event. It provides a model that other communities can easily replicate.


Krista Nordback, Researcher, OTREC at Portland State University
Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

Lunch Plenary


It takes money to build and operate a world-class transportation system. Getting funding to active transportation projects, particularly off-road projects and transit operations, can be challenging due to legal restrictions. Furthermore, the federal funding system is in crisis, and there is talk of a major boost in state-level transportation funding in 2015. How has Oregon selected projects to fund up until now, and what challenges and opportunities might await us with future federal and state level funding?

Introduction: Representative Tobias Read, Chair of the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee
Moderator: Chris Hagerbaumer, Deputy Director, Oregon Environmental Council.

Jerri Bohard, Transportation Development Administrator, ODOT
James Corless, Director, Transportation For America
Karmen Fore, Sustainable Communities & Transportation Policy Advisor, Office of Governor John Kitzhaber
Steve Novick–, City of Portland Commissioner of Transportation

Breakout Session 2: 1:15-2:45

It’s not just fun and games – women on bikes: targeting specific audiences for effective marketing

Women often make more of a household’s trips, yet women make half the number of bicycle trips that men do. Women are often referred to as the ‘indicator species’ when it comes to determining how accessible bicycle is in a community. How to get more women biking, enjoying it and feeling safe and confident? Marketing and campaigns directed specifically at women can help.

Effective programs and marketing engage people and lead people to make different transportation choices. They can provide a huge ‘bang for the buck,’ if done well and can lead to lasting change. But it’s not easy to shift public perception or change habits. What is the secret? What can programs, marketing and campaigns for active transportation learn from recent research and commercial marketing to be more effective? How do you avoid preaching to the choir and reach diverse audiences in meaningful ways? Do programs and marketing that target specific audiences, such as women and women of color have better results?

Walk away from this session knowing the top 5 things needed for effective programs and marketing and a solid return on investment argument for funding programs and marketing, and a toolkit.

Lake McTighe, Program Manager, Active Transportation, Metro
Marne Duke, Regional Travel Options, Project Manager for “Women Biking Campaign” Metro
Janis McDonald, Women on Bikes Program, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Elizabeth Williams, Active Transportation Manager, Coalition for a Livable Future and Founder and President of Cali Bike Tours, Long Beach

The effectiveness of the best active transportation designs (1.5 AICP credits)

This workshop will present research about two ascendant types of bikeways in North America: protected bikeways and bicycle boulevards. Chris Monsere from Portland State University will present current research on protected bikeways in five U.S. cities that recently participated in the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project. He will discuss findings relevant to behavioral changes, local residents’ and roadway users’ perceptions of these bikeways, and intersection safety.

Jennifer Dill, also from Portland State University, is completing the three-year Family Activity Study. The study recruited more than 300 Portland families to examine the effects of bicycle boulevards (aka, neighborhood greenways) on transportation and physical activity, using GPS, accelerometers and surveys.


Jennifer Dill, Director of Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC)
Chris Monsere, Portland State University and Transportation Research Board

Parking, parking everywhere: What better management could mean for active transportation

From urban neighborhoods to suburbs to small-city Main Streets, parking is often a hotly debated topic. This is especially true in neighborhoods experiencing new infill. As cities around the country experiment with new ways to manage parking, how can we serve neighborhoods’ needs while accounting for the costs and impacts of parking?  How do parking management strategies – from market-based to regulatory – affect active transportation and land use? Is there a potential to meet multiple goals for housing affordability, active transportation and land use through smarter parking policy?  This panel will consider lessons from Northwest cities and around the nation.

Rick Williams, Principal, Rick Williams Consulting, Executive Director, Go Lloyd
Magnus Barber, Associate, Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates
Dennis Allen, Director of Planning and Development, ZidellYards

What meaningful engagement means: capacity-building as a tool to improve public engagement and community-based advocacy

Federal, state and local transportation guidelines strongly encourage or even require that transportation officials conduct “meaningful” public engagement as part of their planning and decision-making processes. But the most well-intentioned efforts can fail to reach low-income and minority communities that are often still not at the table when important decisions are being made. In order for marginalized communities to participate effectively in public process, government agencies and private funders must invest in their time, skills and capacity to engage in time-consuming and complex discussions such as those around transportation, planning and funding decisions. Attendees will discuss what capacity-building is and why it is important, and learn from recent capacity-building efforts in health, community planning and transportation.

Moderator: Pam Phan, former Youth Planning Program Coordinator for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Metro Equity Program Analyst
Helena Huang, Director of OregonVoice, NWHF board member
Carmen Madrid, Center for Intercultural Organizing
Mike Dahlstrom, Washington County Land Use and Transportation

Blind spots and black boxes: Travel forecast models and mobility standards

Mobility standards, travel demand forecasts and other transportation planning tools have an impact on how our streets look and function – and on whether bicycle and pedestrian facilities receive adequate attention. But few people outside engineering circles understand how these tools drive policy. This session will clarify how these tools are used and examine how active transportation advocates could help make performance standards more supportive of bicycling, walking and using transit. A road diet in Ashland and the concept of multi-modal mixed-use areas will also be discussed.

Moderator: Lidwien Rahman, Oregon Department of Transportation
Bill Holmstrom, TGM Coordinator, Dept. of Land Conservation & Development
Susie Wright, Associate Engineer, Kittelson & Associates
Mike Faught, Public Works Director, City of Ashland
Richard Walker, Modeling Services Manager, Portland Metro

Breakout Session 3: 3:00-4:30

Using visualization tools for effective communication – or, “I’ll believe it when I see it” (1.5 AICP credits)

Effective communication to agency staff and the public at large about proposed changes to roadway configuration has always relied on visual tools. Typically, interested parties are presented only with dimensioned plans and cross-sections. However, there is a class of visual presentations that have been well-used in architecture and have recently been gaining prominence with public transportation projects. These three-dimensional representations (that are often interactive and animated) make it easier for viewers to understand the experiential impact of proposed roadway reconfigurations, and they are becoming invaluable communication and public-involvement tools.

The presenters will discuss their varied experience with a whole spectrum of graphic tools that can be used to break down technical barriers, encourage collaboration, convey complex concepts and engage stakeholders. They will present relevant project examples and different perspectives on how graphics can be integral at all stages of a project, including tips on how to work with designers to get powerful and cost-effective results.


Adrienne Leverette, Fat Pencil Studio
Spencer Boomhower, Cupola Media
Donald Newlands, NC3D
Nick Falbo, Alta Planning + Design

Bike grease + elbow grease = economic vitality for Oregon:
Success with bike infrastructure and bike travel investments

This session will highlight best practices in creating economic vitality by developing bike infrastructure and bike travel opportunities across the state. Participants will hear from visionary leaders across the state and have the opportunity to network and walk away with practical, tangible ‘how-to advice on getting their bike projects started, funded, marketed and well-used.

Facilitator: Scott Bricker, America Walks, Bricker Consulting
Holly Howell, Marketing & Development Manager, Port of Cascade Locks
Adam Beykovsky, Sales & Marketing Manager, First City Cycles/ Oregon City Trail Alliance
Stephanie Myers, Echo Red 2 Red Cross-County Mountain Bike Race

Youth leading the way

Youth aren’t just future leaders or future bike commuters; they’re getting around on foot, by bike, or via bus right now – and engaging in active transportation advocacy right now. Learn about the recent Youth Bike Summit, youth-led transit advocacy by the Multnomah Youth Commission, and efforts by the Community Cycling Center and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon to engage young people in active transportation and political advocacy. Attendees of this interactive session will have an opportunity to learn best practices and real examples of youth engagement and youth advocacy, and will discuss how their work could benefit by bringing in youth voices.

Moderator: Mychal Tetteh, Community Cycling Center
Camille Bales, Multnomah Youth Commission
Adriana Rangel, Multnomah Youth Commission
Nicole Johnson, OPAL Environmental Justice
Kelly Hansen, Community Cycling Center

Intent versus impact: Why public engagement can fail, and strategies for success

This session will engage participants in a discussion about why public engagement efforts sometimes miss the mark and approaches to having effective and meaningful public engagement, even with a small budget. It can be challenging to meaningfully engage with communities of color, low income and other underrepresented groups. But effective engagement is essential if active transportation projects are going to be successful and meet the needs of the community.

A baseline set of tools of how to effectively engage with community stakeholders will be provided. Whether you are an advocate for better, more inclusive engagement, a project manager with questions on how to be effective, or a citizen that wants more meaningful engagement opportunities, this session will provide you with  an understanding of the key elements of effective engagement to ask for as a stakeholder or utilize in your own work.

Session panelists will cover the following general areas. Time for discussion and brainstorming will be part of the session.

  1. Barriers to participation
  2. Ranges of performance - examples of projects that fall along the spectrum of public engagement - and what happened as a result
  3. Fundamentals for effective engagement - what are best practices to implement
  4. Break-out session to work on key tools for effective engagement

Moderator: Casey Ogden, Oregon Walks
Thaddeus Miller, Portland State University, co-author N. Williams Bike Lane Controversy: Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee
Greg Greenway, Public Involvement Consultant, Portland Public Involvement Advisory Council, Metro Public Engagement Review Committee
Eryn Deeming Kehe, AICP, Principal at JLA

Active transportation: How Local governments can build it into their policies

City and county governments around Oregon are revising local policies to boost active travel. Health impact assessments in transportation plans, bike parking requirements, 20-minute neighborhoods – these and other concepts are finding their way into local plans and codes. This session will examine how local jurisdictions are making their plans, codes and policies more supportive of active transportation. 

Moderator: Constance Beaumont, Education and Outreach Manager, Oregon Transportation & Growth Management Program
Steve White, Project Manager, Healthy Eating/Active Living Campaign, Oregon Public Health Institute
Rob Inerfeld, Transportation Planning Manager, City of Eugene
Debra Martzahn, Senior Planner, City of Lincoln City
Karen Buehrig, Transportation Planning Supervisor, Clackamas County

Mobile Workshop: Portland bicycle facilities bike tour (3 – 5 p.m.)
Total distance: 12 miles (pre-registration required)

Take a tour of Central Portland bicycle facilities, including protected bikeways (cycle tracks), green lanes, bicycle signals, bike boxes, buffered lanes, green pavement markings, shared pathways and bicycle boulevards.

Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

Networking Reception and Mini-Open Houses for Active Transportation-Related Plans

Appetizers, No-Host Bar, and Plans galore! Oregon cities, counties, metro areas and agencies are developing plans that will make it easier to walk, ride a bicycle, and access transit. Learn about multiple planning efforts in one place and at one time. It’s speed dating for plans about active transportation! Visit the open house booths, get your “Planning Passport” stamped and be entered to win a fabulous prize.

Tuesday Tours, Trainings, and Mobile Workshops

Space is limited. Register for NACTO Trainings when you register for the Summit. Summit registrants will receive an email in early April with info on how to register for mobile workshops.

7:30 am- 9:15 am
Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting
ODOT Region 1 Building, 123 NW Flanders St.

Agenda: Enhance program attributes.

Tuesday Mobile Workshops (Advance Registration Required)

9:30PM - 1PM
DO THE 4T with SW Trails. Sample 4 of Portland's Transportation Modes: Train, Trail, tram and Trolley on a 4 mile loop, requires Tri Met tickets.
Starting Location: Sentinel Hotel

Total distance: 9 mile loop, about 4 miles of walking on forest trails and streets without sidewalks

Members of SWTrails will lead a tour/walk/discussion during a 3 to 3.5 hour loop from downtown Portland to The Oregon Zoo by MAX (Train) a walk on about 4 miles (700 feet elevation gain, 1100 feet descent) on portions of the 40 mile loop and the SW Urban (Pedestrian) Trail System (A system of over 40 miles of linear trails connection key destinations and activity centers via little used streets and trails, many built by volunteers. We will see trails of varying quality of construction and quality of maintenance, experience walking on some of Portland's Streets wit bout sidewalks. We will walk to the top of Council Crest where, depending on the day, we will see Mts Rainier, St Helens, Adams and Hood, great City Vistas and then walk to Oregon Health Sciences Universities upper campus where we will catch the tram down to the river (free going down) to catch the Portland Streetcar back to the Hotel. Wear good hiking shoes, bring water and a snack, and your TriMet pass or $5 to buy an all day Trimet Ticket.

10 am -11 am
Walk with the National Federation of the Blind
Starting Location: Sentinel Hotel
Total distance: 1 mile

Members of the Rose City Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon (NFBO) will lead a walk/discussion in downtown Portland to educate others about navigating the city using alternative methods (such as a white cane or guide dog), and to discuss certain aspects of the pedestrian and public transportation infrastructure that are both helpful and possibly not so helpful for the blind and low-vision. The event will also provide an opportunity to demonstrate some basic cane skills and non-photon-dependent methods of travel, so you'll get a chance to be blindfolded and taught some basic cane skills (only if you wish). More than anything, though, this walk will provide a good opportunity for discussion with several blind Portlanders who will encourage questions and answers related to blindness.

10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Portland Bicycle Facilities Bike Tour
Starting location: Director Park
Total distance: 15 miles

Take a tour of Central Portland bicycle facilities, including protected bikeways (cycle tracks), green lanes, bicycle signals, bike boxes, buffered lanes, green pavement markings, shared pathways and bicycle boulevards. The tour will be at a relaxed pace and include a stop where participants can purchase lunch. Bring water and snacks.

1:00-3:30 pm
Walking tour – urban pedestrian environment & access to schools
Starting Location: Sentinel Hotel
Total Distance: 4 miles

This walking tour of downtown Portland will highlight urban walking environment, challenges, and opportunities. This tour will also look at the issue of access to schools for students who walk and bike to school, as well as infrastructure needs and opportunities specific to schools. We will pass by three schools during this easy-going walk: Lincoln HS, Chapman Elementary, and the Metropolitan Learning Center. Urban; light elevation gain; strolling pace; ADA accessible. Bring water if you like! This tour will begin and end at the Sentinel Hotel.

2:00 pm- 5:30 pm
Hop in the Saddle” bike tour: Sample Portland’s booming bike-and-brew scene
Starting location: Old Town, Portland
Ending location: Deschutes Brewery, 210 NW 11th Ave.
Total distance: 4.5 miles

Portland is renowned for its booming cycling and craft beer scene and has become an iconic destination for bike travelers around the world. The “Hop in the Saddle” bike tour will let you sample a slice of what Portland has to offer the bicycle traveler. The tour will culminate with a think-tank discussion (over yummy beer samples) about how Portland can continue to evolve as a bike-travel destination – attracting and supporting visitors looking to soak up the infamous bike-and-brew culture. The tour will be led by Pedal Bike Tours and Cycle Portland Bike Tours – two of Portland's finest. Special guests Ellee Thalheimer and Lucy Burningham, authors of “Hop in the Saddle – a Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike,” will the join tour as well. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the new Oregon Bike Friendly Business program – the first of its kind in the nation, geared specifically for the travel industry.

Special Notes: The tour costs $20 and includes bike rental if needed. Participants will pay at the starting location before the tour leaves. Travel Oregon will provide light, complimentary beer tasters at each tour stop; however, bring money if additional food or beverage may be desired. Cash is best! Registrants must know how to ride a bicycle and feel comfortable riding in an urban environment near cars. The tour will go rain or shine! Please dress appropriately and wear closed-toe shoes. Must be 21 or older to participate in this tour. Bring your I.D.! 

12:00-1:00 pm (Doors at 11:30)

City Club Luncheon (Advance Registration Required)
Portland Transportation, Today & Tomorrow: A Conversation with Leah Treat, PBOT Director
Sentinel Hotel

Bikes, pedestrians, cars, transit and freight: the mix on Portland streets is a constant cause of concern and action. From bikeshare to Vision Zero, unsafe arterials to potholes on neighborhood streets, there is a lot at stake and a lot to do. How do we create a system that is safe, well-maintained, and suitable for everybody? After nearly a year on the job, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat will share some of her lessons, plans, and inspirations in this unique Tuesday lunchtime presentation. Co-presented with the City Club of Portland.


8:30 am-4:15 pm
NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide Training
(Advance Registration Required)
University Place, PSU, 310 SW Lincoln

Roger Geller, Robert Burchfield and Peter Koonce from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nick Falbo from Alta Planning + Design will conduct an all-day training on the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide. All are practitioners working in Portland and nationally to promote and refine best practice bikeway designs. This will be the third consecutive year in which this popular training is being offered as part of the Active Transportation Summit. The training will provide 6 professional development hours for ITE and for AICP credits.

9:00 am-4:15 pm
NACTO Urban Street Design Guide Training
(Advance Registration Required)
University Place, PSU, 310 SW Lincoln

This guide, newly published late in 2013, is part of a growing movement among cities working to build sustainable and complete streets. Cities employing these principles are creating a new “DNA” for city streets. This training will reflect two main intents of the guide: 1) provide an overview of the principles that cities across the US are currently employing to beneficial effect, and 2) provide the recipes for both quick implementation as well as enduring design principles for creating complete streets. Cities using these principles and techniques are making their streets safe and inviting for people walking, shopping, parking and driving in an urban context. This training will be conducted by key practitioners in the US and will provide 6 professional development hours for ITE and AICP credits.

David Vega-Barachowitz,, Director, Designing Cities Initiative, NACTO
Peter Koonce, Division Manager, Signals, Street Lighting, and ITS, Portland Bureau of Transportation
Stephanie Wright, Senior Associate, Nelson/Nygaard Associates


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