Designing the Cycling City
A true crash course in bicycle urbanism
Weekday edition: August 28 - 30, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Weekend edition: September 1 - 3, 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.
This year, there will be two Masterclasses: a weekdays edition between August 28th and 30th; a weekend edition between September 1st and 3rd.
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!
“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
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 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.
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...
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This training is supported by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.