The 2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit was March 19 – 21 in Portland, OR

The 2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit was three days of inspiring mobile workshops; plenary sessions; professional training; and networking with innovators, thought leaders, and passionate professionals from the Pacific Northwest.

If you are a professional, policy maker, or advocate working in the fields of transportation planning and engineering, community development, transportation justice, recreation and tourism, or public health, this event is for you!

2017 Active Transportation Summit

Where: The Oregon Zoo, 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221

Keynote Presenters include:

  • Jarrett Walker—President, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • Abigail Doerr—Policy Director, Transportation Choices 
  • Gerik Kransky—Policy Director, The Street Trust
  • Noel Mickelberry—Executive Director, Oregon Walks
  • Jessica Larson – Executive Director, Welcome Home
  • Louise Bohler—German National Cyclists’ Association

Learn more about keynote speakers here.

Sessions on:

  • Innovations and Best Practices in Planning, Design and Engineering
  • New Developments in Research, Data, and Bike and Pedestrian Counting
  • Vision Zero, Safe Routes to School and Age-friendly Communities
  • Nexus Between Active Transportation, Economic Development, Housing and Tourism
  • Community Engagement, Equity, Health and Social Justice
  • Marketing Alternative Transportation and Active Transportation Messaging

AICP and ASLA credits available. Please see full agenda for approved sessions.

View presentation materials from the breakout sessions here.


Day 1, Option 1: Includes light breakfast, full lunch, and afternoon snack and networking break.
Day 1, Option 2: March 20 Summit Light: Includes access to the full day of keynotes, plenaries, and breakout sessions, but does not include food or beverage. The Zoo has several options for lunch and coffee, as well as the Children’s Museum Cafe across the parking lot. This is a great option for those who want to attend but are on a budget!
Day 1, Presenter Rate: Reserved for those presenting as part of a breakout session.
Day 2, Option 1: Includes light breakfast, full lunch, and afternoon snack and networking break.
Day 2, Option 2: Includes light breakfast, full lunch, and afternoon snack and networking break.
Mobile Workshops: Are free, please RSVP to attend.

Online registration is now closed. There will be an opportunity to register for “Summit Lite” at the conference. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Note: Cancellations cannot be accepted after March 13, 2017.

The scholarship application process is now closed. Scholarships were announced to winners on Monday, March 6 2017.



This year’s Summit was packed with active transportation topics focusing on policy, infrastructure, community engagement and more. Want a better picture of the Active Transportation Summit’s full breadth of topics? Check out the final 2017 Summit Agenda.

View presentation materials from breakout sessions here.

A recap of the 2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit:

Sunday, March 19 – Various Locations

BIKETOWN Mobile Tour
1:30 p.m. Meet at the BIKETOWN station across the street from Salmon Springs Fountain (SW Salmon & SW Naito)
The tour will stop at BIKETOWN stations in downtown and Southeast Portland. Learn about the history of bike share in Portland, planning the system, and how BIKETOWN contributes to a human scale city. Free to attend, please RSVP through the registration form. Limited to 20 participants.

Shared Space and Level Surface Streets Mobile Tour
2:00 p.m. Meet at Director Park (SW Park & SW Taylor)
Level surface street design can give you a canvas for flexible public use, slowing vehicle travel speeds and putting pedestrians on equal footing with motor vehicles. See and discuss what works and what doesn’t on Portland’s unique collection of shared space and level surface streets. Tour will utilize Streetcar (valid Streetcar or TriMet fare required). Free to attend, please RSVP through the registration form. 

Happy Hour Networking Reception
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.: No-host, open-to-the-public networking event, at Suki’s Bar, 2401 SW 4th Ave. Portland. Avoid the morning check-in lines, by picking up your Summit name tag and program early! 

Monday, March 20 – Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Registration open; light continental breakfast
8:10 a.m. Conference Overview and Welcome
8:20 a.m. Morning Plenary and Keynote Speaker: Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. Breakout Session I
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Lunch served
12:10 p.m. Lunch Keynote: Regional Transportation Choices – West Coast Success: Catherine Ciarlo, CH2M; Abigail Doerr, Transportation Choices Coalition; Gerik Kransky, The Street Trust; Noel Mickelberry, Oregon Walks; Jessica Larson, Welcome Home.
1:00 p.m. Break
1:10 p.m. Breakout Session II
2:05 p.m. Breakout Session III
2:55 p.m. Snack Break and Networking Reception
3:25 p.m. Breakout Session IV
5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
7:00 p.m. No-Host After Party / PechaKucha, McMenamins Mission Theater & Pub, 1624 NW Glisan St. Free and open to the public. (PechaKucha program begins at 7:30 p.m.)

Monday, March 20 PechaKucha Lineup

1. Gwen Shaw, Better Block PDXThe Better Naito Story
2. Aaron Brown, Oregon WalksThe Medium is the Message: Building Coalitions for Complete Communities (and Winning Money for Streets)
3. Bandana Shrestha, AARPWe Are Walking Here
4. Steph Routh, Community Cycling CenterIt’s Not About the Bike
5. Kelly Rodgers, StreetsmartEvidence and Insight for Better Transportation
6. AJ Zelada, Fremont Family VisionElderly on the Go
7. Kristen Lohse, Toole Design GroupA City-wide Plan for Off-Road Cycling: Expanding Opportunities for Activity and Connection with Nature in the City
8. Becky Strickler, CardnoTualatin River Greenway Shared Use Path
9. Matt Childs, SportworksTrends in Bike Parking

Tuesday, March 21 – Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Oregon Bicycle Tourism Summit, presented by Travel Oregon <– click for more information

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Protected Bikeways Design Training
This all day workshop will focus on the most up-to-date knowledge and guidance for the design of Protected Bike Lanes and Protected Intersections. The workshop will discuss how Protected Intersection design concepts have evolved in North America and examples of how they are being implemented. The workshop will borrow from design guidance in the U.S.’s most recent bikeway design guides, including the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, the FHWA Separated Bicycle Lane Planning and Design Guide and the MassDOT Separated Bicycle Lane Planning and Design Guide. This workshop will also focus in on specific elements of protected lanes, including two-way design and curb heights and provide updates on current research.
Robert Burchfield, Northwest Regional Engineering Director Toole Design Group
Nick Falbo, Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design
Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, City of Portland

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch served
12:15 p.m. – 1:20 p.m Keynote Speaker, Louise Bohler, German National Cyclists’ Association

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Oregon Safe Routes to School, Annual Meeting (details coming soon), ODOT Region 1, Conference Room A/B, 123 NW Flanders St., Portland (an easy MAX ride from the AT Summit, on the Red or Blue lines, Old Town exit)

Thank you to all of our 2016 Oregon Active Transportation Summit attendees, speakers, planners and sponsors.

Check out all the slide decks from the 2016 Oregon Active Transportation Summit presentations here

2016 Oregon Active Transportation Summit Attendees worked to create a shared vision of  the transportation system investments, policies, and programs that could most effectively transform our communities into vibrant, safe, healthy and active places for all. We hope this vision will continue to inspire policy makers, practitioners and advocates.
AT Summit Word Cloud




All of Monday and Tuesday’s proceedings will take place at the Oregon Zoo at 4001 Southwest Canyon Road in Portland, Oregon.


University Place is offering a special rate of $84 per night (plus tax) on guest rooms when you reserve as part of the Active Transportation Summit group. Discount is valid when booking your rooms by Monday, February 20th. (Afterwards this offer is subject to availability.)

University Place is owned, operated, and located on the Portland State University campus; it is open to the public and located in downtown Portland within easy walking distance of many attractions and transit options.

To reserve, please call 503-221-0140 or 1-866-845-4647.


By Transit

The Oregon Zoo is located right off  Washington Park Station where MAX Light Rail Red Line or Blue Line and the TriMet Bus Line 63 stops. Plan your trip on TriMet.


Bike Rentals

Affordable bike rentals are available from:

BIKETOWN, Portland’s Bike Share System
Download the BIKETOWNpdx mobile app. All conference attendees will receive a free credit.

PSU Bike Hub, 1818 SW 6th Ave., Portland
Hours are Mon – Fri: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat – Sun: Closed


By Car

Parking (prices subject to change):

A limited amount of parking is available in the lot adjacent to the zoo and throughout the park. Parking rates vary, and visitors can pay for parking at pay stations with coin or card, or by mobile phone anywhere in Washington Park.


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