Take a virtual tour of Portland’s bike infrastructure

Avatar by on October 8th, 2009 at 7:50 am

Detail of the IBPI’s Virtual
Bike Tour map.
(Larger version below)

Portland’s bike network is one of the finest in the country. As such, our city regularly plays host to urban planners, engineers, and other wonky folks who want to learn and understand, first-hand, how our bike facilities look and feel.

Usually, these visitors are given a guided tour by a City of Portland employee or by one of our resident bike experts. But now, with the launch of a Virtual Bike Tour, the Institute of Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University has made it easy for anyone to take an educational tour of Portland’s bikey highlights.
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PSU will host summer course on bike and ped planning

Avatar by on February 19th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

The Institute for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University will host a week-long course on bicycle and pedestrian facility design and planning this summer.

Here’s the blurb:

“This week-long course will provide practitioners with the fundamentals of pedestrian and bicycle planning and design through an intensive week of classroom, field, and project experience. In addition, the course will integrate intersection design, transit access and connections, bridges, trail crossings, and other special features into the discussion…

Daily field tours (on foot and bike) will explore Portland’s “living laboratory” of bicycle and pedestrian facilities to provide first-hand experience of design and operations of facilities and projects discussed in the classroom. Week-long bike rentals are available for an additional fee. Please request the bike rental when registering for the workshop.”

More info on the course can be found on the IBPI’s website.

Scholarship helps PSU become hub of bike/ped research

Avatar by on November 10th, 2008 at 11:36 am

BTA New Year's Day Ride

Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder and
his partner Lydia Rich have established
a scholarship to promote bike/ped research.
(Photo J. Maus)

BTA co-founder and Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder and his partner Lydia Rich (a public school teacher in North Portland) have made a commitment to Portland State University’s growing reputation as a hub for livable cities research.

In 2007, the couple established the The Rex Burkholder and Lydia Rich Scholarship. The $5,000 prize is awarded to a graduate student who “intends to be active in developing a future where bicyclists and pedestrians play a major role in the livability of urban areas.”[Read more…]