Designing the Cycling City
A true crash course in the bicycle urbanism
Second edition: September 18 - 20, 2024 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Designing the Cycling City – The Masterclass is a crash course in bicycle urbanism. Through a combination of presentations, lectures by well-known practitioners and researchers, cycling tours and practical sessions, this Masterclass takes the participants through a deep dive into the Dutch approach to cycling urbanism – arguably one of the most successful in the world.
Notice: the course includes cycling activities. For special accessibility requirements, please get in touch with us.
Day 1: The Basics of Dutch Cycling Urbanism
Day one in Rotterdam explores the historical foundation of Dutch urbanism and cycling, highlighting Rotterdam's unique story. We discuss theory, including land use and transit accessibility, then transition to practical learning with a cycling tour of Rotterdam.
Day 2: Bicycle Infrastrcture - Amsterdam
Day two in Amsterdam demonstrates cycling's role in the city's urban connectivity. Participants observe the multimodal journey enabled by cycling and public transportation, and the reality of car-free neighborhoods. A video storytelling exercise in a selected Amsterdam neighborhood further cements understanding.
Day 3: Making a change
The final day spotlights societal shocks as change drivers, examining Rotterdam's transition and experimentation. We aim to debunk stereotypes and show how to adapt structures and policies to triggers and transitions. The concluding workshop links the topics discussed to your context. A celebration concludes the day!
What you can expect
Methodology and activities
For the purpose of creating a holistic learning experience, Designing the Cycling City – The Masterclass uses a combination of theoretical and practical approaches. These include:
Short lectures to introduce key concepts and contextualise
Keynote lectures featuring guest speakers from key organisations and academic institutions
Guided workshops in small groups
Site visits and guided tours
Cycling tours, including stops for explanations
Understand the connection between historical context and infrastructure possibilities of bicycle planning.
Learn how to design and introduce infrastructure changes to specific urban and semi-urban contexts.
Get to know reference examples in cycling infrastructure and get inspired by international best practices of cycling urbanism.
Discuss and assess a multitude of new approaches to active mobility.
Gain insight into the Dutch approach to cycling.
Meet peers from other organisations of the private and public sector active in the field of cycling
Get the opportunity to develop long-lasting relationships with relevant stakeholders in the Dutch cycling community and beyond
Experience cycling in the Netherlands by discovering Rotterdam, Delft and Amsterdam
Learn and get inspired in an intensive yet informal and refreshing way
Who is this course for
Urbanism or design professionals, and students with any degree of knowledge in mobility infrastructure and planning. These include, but are not limited to:
Municipal, Regional or State-level civil servants and policy-makers
Professionals in the urban development or infrastructure fields
Urbanists and Urban Planners
Designers, Architects, Engineers
Transportation officials or operators
Second cycle students of any field with an interest in urban mobility
George Liu, Urban Mobility Futures Lecturer at University of Amsterdam
George will show you that bicycle Infrastructure does much more than carry two-wheeled traffic. We are unleashing various perspectives through which people can experience their streets, neighbourhoods, and cities. Designing a great cycling experience traffic requires us to explore the human and traffic elements of the streetscape.
Lior Steinberg, Urban Planner & Co-founder Humankind
Lior helps cities to look beyond functionality and to plan urban spaces that make people smile. His specialty is the multidisciplinary approach to urban planning and bicycle plans: it is never only about infrastructure, but also the quality of life, urban design, politics, communications, and many more. He worked on bicycle strategies and plans in different countries, like Tel Aviv’s bicycle strategy and Rotterdam’s bicycle vision.
“The organisation was great.”
Geoffrey Use, Operations Manager Cycloparking.brussels
“The fellow participants were amazing. I enjoyed the three days a lot.”
Ana Castan, founder of Amsterdam en bicicleta
Registration & Ticket
Costs of participation:
Early Bird: 1.815,00 €
Regual ticket: 2.117,50 €
For students and non-for-profits: 1.450,00 €
The price includes learning materials and meals for the three days. Accommodation is not included.
If you need specific documents for your company, do not hesitate to contact us.