This October, DCE had the pleasure of hosting a group of 8 people from the USA's number 1 cycle city Davis, including its mayor, Brett Lee.
The program started with an introductory presentation from DE’ Managing Director Mirjam Borsboom. She highlighted some of the Dutch developments in cycling and showed that we too had car-centric cities once. The delegation then cycled to Mobycon in the centre of Delft to attend a presentation from Angela van der Kloof, our expert for the U.S. They then enjoyed a cycle tour through the city centre of Delft, experiencing cycling infrastructure such as the underground bicycle parking facility at the Delft train Station.
On Tuesday the delegation visited Utrecht and Houten. The second day started with a presentation of Willem Snel from &Morgen about future mobility and chances for the bicycle in the city of tomorrow. Willem explained how important it is to invest in cycling infrastructure and share economy. The second presentation of Eric van der Horst from Loendersloot Groep showed the history of urban planning in Utrecht and also some projects focused on touristic cycling for everybody and cycling training in England. After lunch the delegation took part in a bicycle tour from Utrecht to Houten, the Cycling City 2018, under the guidance of Eric van der Horst and Bas Hendriksen.
The third day the delegation traveled to Rotterdam to attend a presentation from Bas Gofers from Goudappel Coffeng and Martin Guit from the City of Rotterdam. Maurits Lopez Cardozo from Bike-Minded then discussed present projects in the city of Davis and the involvement of cycling in these projects, which was followed by a cycle tour by Maurits to discuss different infrastructural projects in in the city centre of Rotterdam.
On their fourth and final day, the delegation spent the day in Nijmegen. Sjors van Duren discussed the design of the ‘Dutch’-design roundabout present in Davis and how it could be improved to make it even safer for cyclists. He also highlighted how to improve access to the Davis downtown with a solution that could appeal to both cyclists and car drivers. Ruben Loendersloot showed examples of places in the Netherlands where the design of cycling infrastructure was modified to improve the cycling experience. He also highlighted how improvements for cyclists doesn’t necessarily require changes in the physical space but better coordination between different stakeholders. In the afternoon, the group went for a bicycle tour in and around Nijmegen to see some of the cycling infrastructure similar to ones found in Davis to see what changes could be made.