ThinkBike workshops in the UK
From 2 to 4 May a group of three cycling experts and a representative of the Dutch Cycling Embassy were in the United Kingdom for ThinkBike workshops in Cambridge and London.
Tour de Force
Led by Erik Tetteroo, the Dutch Cycling Embassy’s country representative for the United Kingdom, attendees at the ThinkBike workshops had the opportunity to hear from the experts about how the Netherlands is planning to further increase their rates of cycling. These plans are outlined in the Bicycle Agenda 2017-2020, the Tour de Force, a partnership between governments, market, civil society organisations and research institutes. The agenda aims to increase the number of kilometers cycled in the Netherlands by 20% over the next decade.
Cambridge is the leading cycling city in the UK, for many students cycling is part of their everyday life. But cycling in Cambridge isn’t just for students, people of all ages love to take their bikes out for rides in this university city that is situated about 80 kilometers northeast of London.
The local cycling campaigners of Cambridge have been calling for Dutch standards of infrastructure in Cambridge for years and now we had the opportunity to share Dutch cycling knowledge in the two-day workshop. While in Cambridge we engaged with cycling stakeholders and toured along Cambridge’s examples of cycling infrastructure where we shared our ideas for further improvement.
The ThinkBike workshop in London was being offered by Urban Design London, BCOG and the Dutch Cycling Embassy in partnership and took place at the Dutch Embassy in Kensington. During the one day event on cycle-inclusive mobility and urban planning we discussed innovative integrated approaches for (re)designing town centers and creating livable urban areas as well as the relation between public transport and cycling and building bicycle networks. Dutch and English best practices were shared and the participants brought in their own cases to discuss in smaller working groups.
The ThinkBike workshop team consisted of Erik Tetteroo, Richard ter Avest, Rob van der Bijl and José Oudijk. Working at APPM management consultants, Erik’s main interest lies in the interaction between city development and bicycle-inclusive mobility with a key focus on the role of bicycle-train systems in urban regions. As a former architect, Erik attaches great value to attractive design solutions and the quality of public space. He is the main cycling policy advisor for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment. Richard ter Avest is a mobility planning and design professional at Goudappel Coffeng. His expertise lies in organizing cities in a bike -and pedestrian- friendly way by also taking into account public transit, car infrastructure and public open spaces. Richard has introduced innovative and sustainable solutions to improve livability and accessibility in cities and regions. Rob van der Bijl is an urban planner, independent consultant and cycle expert with an Amsterdam-based office known for its innovative approach to research and design. His organization RVDB Go Dutch Cycling carries out projects that are characterized by a multidisciplinary approach at the intersections of urban planning, transport, culture and technology. José Oudijk is the Program Manager for the Dutch Cycling Embassy and organizes events and manages communications. She represents the Dutch Cycling Embassy, bringing together Dutch cycling experts and local policy makers for international knowledge exchange on cycling.
Click here to watch a short video of our cycling tour through Cambridge on 2 May. And here to see the video of ThinkBike workshop Cambridge on 3 May.
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