Nick Falbo

Portland is the reason I’m a planner. Living and loving my lifestyle here got me thinking about planning-related issues about transportation and land use, and once I realized there was a profession dedicated to making our cities better, I was hooked.

I’ve spent the last 5 years seeking answers to questions like what makes one place walkable and other not? How do we make bicycling appealing in the face of auto-oriented street design, and how can all communities bring healthy transportation opportunities to their residents?

I believe in the community-building potential of active transportation, and enjoy rolling through my neighborhood everyday at a speed that allows me to stop, look around, and make friends.


Nick Falbo joined Alta in 2010 and has since worked on a wide array of bicycle and pedestrian plans and projects. He specializes in the research, design and application of complete streets concepts to urban and rural roadways, and he appreciates the nuances of such design elements. Nick is strong proponent of using visual communication in planning, and this comes through on each of his projects in the presentation of his data analysis, GIS, and high quality graphic work.

Nick is renowned for his research into the “protected intersection,” a dutch-inspired intersection concept that introduced a new way for American designers to think about the approach and intersection of protected bike lanes at intersections. Viewed over half a million times, the video was featured in Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Treehugger and the Washington Post. Its influence has jumped from popular attention to professional consideration, with presentations at APBP, TRB and NACTO conferences.

Alta creates active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities.

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