On October 22th, in Rotterdam we received a group of 19 people from the city of Austin, Texas, USA.
The study visit was part of a program of the US organization People For Bikes, from which the delegation stays in The Netherlands for a few days, visiting Utrecht, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The group of city councils, public transport authorities, chief of the fire department, directors of public works, transportation and local innovation, was mainly interested in the way cycling could be integrated in the big Dutch cities. As Rotterdam could compared the most to the city of Austin, when looking at skyscrapers for housing and working, the delegation was really impressed by presentations about cycling in the city and urban development of Martin Guit, Bart Christiaens and Warner Beumer of the City of Rotterdam, and a lecture about cycling cities of Ruth Oldenziel of the Technical University of Eindhoven.
After lunch, we organised a bike tour, guided by Humankind's Lior Steinberg, through to inner city of Rotterdam, focussing on the development of the city after the Worldwar II, and the integration of cycling infrastructure on the main routes in the city.
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