The 2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit is March 20th and 21st in Portland, OR

Registration is open!

Join us for the 2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit, two 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 TBA.

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.


Early bird per day: $105 

Full price per day: $130

Registration includes: Light breakfast, full lunch, and afternoon snack and networking break on Day 1, and lunch on Day 2.

Early bird registration closes on March 3rd.

A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out a brief scholarship application by noon on Monday, February 27, 2017. Scholarships will be announced by Monday, March 6, 2017.




The 2017 Active Transportation Summit full agenda will be announced soon. This year’s Summit will be 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 2016 Summit agenda.

Please note: 2017 agenda is not finalized; timing and session details are subject to change.


Sunday, March 19 – Various Locations

Afternoon: Mobile Workshops: More details coming soon. (Sunday afternoon workshops are free and open to the public.) Please check the workshop listings for updates.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.: No-host, open-to-the-public networking event, Location TBD. Avoid the morning check-in lines, by picking up your Summit name tag and program early! 

Monday, March 20 – Oregon Zoo

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, Keynote Speaker, TBA

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. Keynote Speaker, TBA 

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.)

Tuesday, March 21 – Oregon Zoo

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Oregon Bicycle Tourism Summit, presented by Travel Oregon 

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Protected Bikeways Design Training

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch 

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)


Draft Presentations & Panels (Please check back for updates)

Shifting the Negative Perceptions of Trails
Robert Spurlock, Metro
Kristen Kibler, JLA Public Involvement
Robin Wilcox, PLACE Studio

Building Community through Open Streets Events
Inna Levin, Oregon Walks
Brian Potwin, Commute Options

School Access Needs: Presenting the Metro Regional SRTS Framework & Site Analysis
Hannah Day-Kapell, Alta Planning + Design

Connecting with Community Partners Around Safe Routes to School
Janis McDonald, PBOT Safe Routes to School

Planning in the Dark: A New Light on Night Access
John Landolfe, Oregon Health & Science University
Lea Anderson, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
David Backes, Portland State University

Planning and Design for Active Transportation in Rural Areas
Susan Wright, Kittelson and Associates, Inc.
Nick Falbo, Alta Planning + Design

State of the State: Active Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation
David Amiton, ODOT
Teresa Penninger, ODOT
Jenna Marmon, ODOT
Jenna Berman, ODOT
Jessica Horning, ODOT

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at Work in Oregon
Moderator: TBD, ODOT
Bob Pappe, ODOT
Rodger Gutierrez, ODOT

Grassroots Groups Changing the Transportation Game
Moderator: Michael Anderson
Gwen Shaw, Better Block PDX
Tony Jordan, Portlanders for Parking Reform
Emily Guise, BikeLoudPDX

Making Pedestrians and Bicyclists Count: The Case for Data
Sirisha Kothuri, Ph.D., Portland State University
Robert Spurlock, Metro
William Henderson, Ride Report

The Latest in Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Research
Sirisha Kothuri, Ph.D., Portland State University
Tara Goddard, Portland State University
Rebecca Sanders, Ph.D., Toole Design Group

Bikes for Everyone: Inclusive
Nathan McNeil, Portland State University
Timur Ender, City of Portland
Sheilagh Griffin, The Street Trust

Safe Streets, Not Safer Streets
Nick Falbo, Alta Planning + Design
Lake Strongheart McTighe, Metro
PBOT rep. to talk about impacts/benefits of road diets

Park your way to TDM success: Improving Access to Washington Park
Heather McCarey, Explore Washington Park
Victor Sanders, Portland Parks & Recreation
Cathy Cibor, Alta Planning + Design

Active Transportation Improvements and the Blue Zones Project in Klamath Falls
Moderator: Amanda Pietz, ODOT
Speakers: TBA

Trails: An exploration of Oregon’s needs, the impact of trails in our communities, and emerging opportunities for collaboration
Stephanie Noll, Stephanie M. Noll Consulting
Jean Crowther, Alta Planning + Design
Georgena Moran, Access Recreation
Others: TBA

When Bus Corridors Grow Up: Tools to Apply in Enhanced Transit Corridors
Moderator: Kelly Betteridge, TriMet
April Bertelsen, City of Portland
Sasha Luftig, Lane Transit District
Chuck Green, C-TRAN
James McGrath, CH2M

Build a Better Mode Shift: Innovations in Behavior Change Marketing
Jessica Roberts, Alta Planning + Design
Derek Hofbauer, Alta Planning + Design
Marne Duke, Metro

Vision Zero in Action
Moderator: Margi Bradway, PBOT
Duncan Hwang, APANO
Dana Dickman, PBOT
Scott Batson, PBOT


Mobile Workshops (Please check back for updates)

Mobile tour of BIKETOWN stations, including the history of bike share in Portland, planning the system, and how BIKETOWN operates.
Mike Sellinger, Alta Planning + Design
Steve Hoyt-McBeth, PBOT
TBA, Motivate

Share Space & Level Surface Streets
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 what works and what doesn’t around Portland.
Led by Nick Falbo, Alta Planning + Design


PechaKucha Lineup (Please check back for updates)

1. Gwen Shaw, Better Block PDXThe Better Naito Story
2. Aaron Brown, Strategies 360The Medium is the Message: Building Coalitions for Complete Communities (And Winning Money for Streets)
3. Bandana Shrestha, AARPWe Are Walking Here
4. Kelly Rodgers, StreetsmartEvidence and Insight for Better Transportation
5. AJ Zelada, Fremont Family VisionElderly on the Go
6. Kristen Lohse, Toole Design GroupA City-wide Plan for Off-Road Cycling: Expanding Opportunities for Activity and Connection with Nature in the City
7. Becky Strickler, CardnoTualatin River Greenway Shared Use Path
8. Matt Childs, SportworksTrends in Bike Parking
9. Steph Routh, Community Cycling Center—TBA


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

2016 Summit: Our Healthy Streets

For an idea of what this year’s full agenda will represent, please see the 2016 program for more details.




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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