Sharing Dutch cycle planning expertise

Helsinki, Finland has been integrating cycling facilities into the city’s infrastructure since the 1960s with a strict division between heavy and light traffic resulting in a system that puts cyclists on sidewalks with pedestrians. The mix has resulted in complaints from pedestrians causing the city to reconsider their approach to cycle planning with help from Dutch experts.

Mobycon’s Dick van Veen visited Helsinki to help lead a workshop on cycle planning March 7 to 8, 2013. ThinkBike is a workshop series presented by the Dutch Cycling Embassy.  Experts from The Netherlands go abroad to share the Dutch traffic planning perspective with city planners, engineers and officials.

Dick presented on “Bicycle Inclusive Planning and Design” discussing the concepts of sustainable safety, characteristics of good cycling infrastructure and specific design elements that can be employed in transforming streets. He also assisted participants in an exercise where a section of the old city was redesigned with dedicated routes for cars and traffic slowing techniques were employed on other streets to allow for the mix of cars and bikes.

For more information about designing for the bike, contact Dick van Veen d.vanveen@mobycon.nl. Dick is a transportation planner and architect and has participated in ThinkBike workshops in Athens, Greece, Philadelphia, USA and Pittsburg, USA.  


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