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.
The ThinkBike Workshops were supported by the Royal Embassy of The Netherlands in the UK and organized in cooperation with CamCycle in Cambridge and Urban Design London and the BCOG in London.
Tour de Force
Led by Erik Tetterroo, 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: not just for students
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. For more information or questions on the ThinkBike workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org