Slow Streets is Visiting the Netherlands – 2017

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Slow Streets principal and co-founder Darren Proulx will be venturing across the ocean to the cycling capital of the world once again in 2017. Previously Darren visited Amsterdam in 2015, you can read a summary of his observations here. The itinerary this time includes:

  • Utrecht – April 1-3
  • Rotterdam – April 3-5
  • Amsterdam – April 5-10

Utrecht is quickly becoming know as a leader in implementing the latest best practice cycling designs, and given its smaller size this would provide a good case study for mid-size cities. Rotterdam was selected because of its similarities to a North American context with large road right-of-ways and modern buildings and a lower cycling rate (25% is lower relative to the rest of Netherlands) which would provide a good case study for North American design and how people cycling interact with cars. Finally Amsterdam will provide good insight into both good dense mid-rise built form, protected intersections and large city all ages and abilities cycling network design. This visit will be focusing on identifying protected cycling lane best practice and next generation designs including but not limited to:

  • woonerf
  • cycle streets
  • protected intersections & protected intersections
  • cycling network design
  • cycling lanes on retail streets
  • economic performance of fine grain retail complete streets

If you are around in any of these cities please reach out as we would love to meet you!

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