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Investing in Bicycle Parking Saves Cities Money

As a transport economist, I am convinced we should think twice before deciding to invest in transport infrastructure. Even more so, we should think of alternative solutions before deciding to invest in car infrastructure or public transport. And yes, these alternative solutions should include cycling and walking.In the (rare) cases we at Decisio ar...
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Second Largest Bicycle Parking Facility in the Netherlands Opens at Den Haag Centraal

 The following post was originally published in Dutch on the NS website.The Koningin Julianaplein ("Queen Juliana Square") bicycle parking facility at Den Haag Centraal Station has been opened today. There are 700 new OV-fiets for rent and in addition there are over 7,000 places to park bicycles. With a surface area of 8,000 square metre, the ...
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5 Design Principles for Successful Bicycle Infrastructure

The famous Dutch CROW Bike Design Manual talks about 5 design principles for bicycle infrastructure: Cohesion, Directness, Safety, Comfort and Attractiveness. The key advantage of the design principles is the transferability. Whether you are in Europe, the America's, Africa, Asia,Down Under or elsewhere. Whether you are a starting, climbing or cham...
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Start with Network Planning—Then Infrastructure Design: Learning from the Dutch Example

The following post, originally published on the EUCG blog, includes Stephan Renner's take-aways from a free monthly webinar—presented by Teije Gorris of DTV Capacity Building—on how to develop Dutch cycling infrastructure. For the month of June, the Dutch Cycling Embassy and CROW are partnering to offer the 'Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic' for h...
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Lost in Translation: Applying the CROW Manual in the UK

If I said that the UK embraced Dutch cycling design principles decades ago, I think many of my fellow UK engineers would think I was a bit odd. However, in the 1930s and 1940s, we had planned and built infrastructure along main roads which, from a position of looking back from 2020, we'd certainly call "Dutch-style". Writer and historian Carlton Re...
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Smart Cycling, Smart Intersections

To get closer to international and especially Dutch inspiration, APPM GmbH and Goudappel Coffeng are organising a webinar during this year's fully digital #Veloweek Berlin/Hamburg/Frankfurt on 18 June at 14:00 hrs. Under the title Smart Cycling, Smart Intersections, Jens Blume (Expert Bicycle Traffic at APPM GmbH) and Rico Andriesse (Bicycle i...
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Space Reclamation: The CROW ‘Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic’ as a Counterweight to Car Space

How are the Covid-19 pandemic, and its crisis of 'unsustainable immobility', connected to a 40-year old bible of sustainable mobility? The answer lies in the simple fact that the novel Coronavirus has created, at a stroke, a lobby as large as every pedestrian and cyclist in the world, all demanding 1.5m of space to walk and cycle in. As a result, p...
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Three Bicycle Infrastructure Manuals Inspired by the Dutch

"It's the Design Guide, Stupid!" wrote Lior Steinberg, co-founder of Humankind.city in a 2017 article comparing the North American (NACTO) and the Dutch (CROW) bicycle infrastructure design manuals."What people don't realize is that half a meter can be the difference between a stressful adventure and a great cycling experience. That's one of the di...
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11 Ways to Optimize Traffic Lights for Cyclists in the 1.5m Society

The following post was written by Marcel Willekens and Tom Steijvers of DTV Consultants.Keeping as much distance as possible, at least one and a half metres, may be difficult for cyclists waiting at traffic lights. Before the corona era, large numbers of cyclists were able to bunch up close to each other at stop lines. This also enables large numbe...
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Liven Up Your Street with Coloured Asphalt

The International Coloured Asphalt Foundation (ICAF) was founded by Ventraco BV, Rotim Steenbouw BV, and Ooms PmB. We want to inspire architects, designers, principles and local governments to use coloured asphalt for a more colourful urban society. The ICAF wants to create a platform for people who are interested in using coloured asphalt, to shar...
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Fynch Rewards Safe and Sustainable Travel

The mobility sector is one of the bigger polluters if it comes to CO2 emissions: 24% of worldwide emissions are caused by mobility. The mobility sector is expected to grow at a faster rate than any other sector, posing a major challenge upon us if we want to stay in line with, for example, the Paris Agreement. Over 70% of these mobility emissions a...
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Bikenomics and Post-COVID Mobility Scenarios in Italy: A Way to Rethink the Problem

As cities and states reopen after the lockdown, the public transport sector is under scrutiny: most experts have observed that both demand and supply of transit will decrease significantly, as people will avoid enclosed and crowded environments and operators will try to guarantee the social distancing limits by lowering the capacity of vehicles. Ca...
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School Streets Help Students Arrive Safely in The Hague

When it comes to School Streets, The Hague has been in the spotlight recently. First in 2019, when we organized our first School Street trial, and again now that we have rolled out 15 more School Streets to enable pupils and their parents to travel to the school gates safely. To me, this is the ultimate application of "Never let a crisis go to wast...
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Bicycles and ITS: Making Cycling Smarter

The following article was co-authored by Ronald Jorna and Robin Kleine and originally published in Dutch for verkeerskunde.nl HERE. The mobility sector is full of ICT-developments that are having a major impact on how we travel and how we use our public spaces. While these developments, often referred to as 'Intelligent Transport Systems' (ITS), re...
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How to Get Cycling on the Agenda? Bikenomics!

Bikenomics as a Tool for Reshaping the Problem of Urban MobilityWhen you are on a bike, you know cycling is benefiting you: you are burning calories, saving gas and insurance money; you are not emitting pollutants which you might inhale back. Stroke after stroke of the pedal, you reflect on how good cycling is for those who cycle, and you would lik...
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Biking Provides a Critical Lifeline During the Coronavirus Crisis

The following post was co-authored with Alejandro Schwedhelm, Wei Li, Chris Bruntlett and Claudia Adriazola-Steil, and originally published on the WRI Blog.As the world works to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 3.9 billion people are under full or partial lockdown orders, as of mid-April. Cities have curtailed many public transit...
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Encouraging the inclusiveness of cycling

Over the past century, cycling has become more and more dominant on Dutch streets. Not only for the young and the brave, but also for physical impaired. One essential element in stimulating this, is developing inclusive infrastructure which feels comfortable for all types of cyclists (e.g. less experienced cyclists, children, elderly people). But i...
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