The Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco, in cooperation with the Dutch Cycling Embassy and leading organizations in the field of mobility and transportation, are eager to explore how the Netherlands and United States could collaborate in transforming American streetscapes, and consequently movement through the city. To begin this conversation, they have partnered on a series of free, 90-minute workshops targeted towards three regions:
The COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on both our professional and personal lives. It has also fundamentally changed the way we look at cities; offering a unique window of opportunity to rethink, redefine, and reallocate urban streetscapes and the way they are used. However, it is of the upmost importance that these changes are thoroughly considered and carefully implemented, to avoid common mistakes and adverse effects.
San Francisco Bay Area: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM (PST)
Greater Los Angeles: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM (PST)
Pacific Northwest: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 9:00 AM (PST)
In these digital workshops, experts from both the public and private sector in the Netherlands—including Goudappel Coffeng, Technolution, Breda University of Applied Science, Studio Bereikbaar, Technical University of Delft, ProRail, Bikeminded, Mobycon, and CROW—will share their knowledge and experience from decades of political processes, transportation planning, and infrastructure design. The aim: to create attractive and safe multi-modal networks for all ages and demographic groups, and to see where the United States and the Netherlands can learn from each other’s experience in building safe, user-friendly, and inclusive mobility infrastructure. Each webinar will include three parallel breakout sessions:
1. Integrated Mobility Planning and Traffic Management: Integrated multi-modal mobility networks provide cities a consistent, hierarchal system that emphasizes all modes of transport (car, train, bus, ferry, bike, walk, etc.), which allow people the freedom of choice over their mode. Dutch mobility planning is internationally known for its innovative approach to designing systems that combine cost effectiveness, spatial quality and functional excellence.
2. Mobility Hubs and Multi-Modality: In a time where transportation services, infrastructure, and amenities are evolving rapidly, mobility hubs present an opportunity to integrate different sustainable transportation options to enhance connectivity across the region. The overarching aim is to explore the concept of mobility hubs in an effort to implement strategies and initiatives to prioritize low emission transportation modes in the long-term.
3. Inclusive (E-)Bike Design and Planning: The bicycle is increasingly seen as a key component of a multimodal transportation system and a means to achieve multiple objectives, including maximizing transportation investments, reducing maintenance costs, improving public health, promoting economic development, addressing transportation equity, and reducing environmental impacts. Learn the principles of effective network design and planning.
These workshops are aimed at professionals in the transport sector, political representatives and decision-makers, local and regional policymakers, mobility advocates, and leaders from the business community. The conversations will identify local challenges and opportunities for quick, high impact “wins”, as well as demonstrating some practical examples from the Netherlands. There will be an opportunity for audience Q&A at the end of the session.