Cycling for Everyone
Cycling for Everyone

Leibniz University Hannover visits the DCE

15 August 2022

On the 8th of Augusts a student group of the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography (Leibniz University Hannover) paid a visit to the Dutch Cycling Embassy office in Utrecht. The bachelor students travelled to the Netherlands to study sustainability transitions in Dutch regions. We welcomed them at our office and provided general overview concerning cycling in the Netherlands and how it relates to sustainability goals. Including brief reflective exercises concerning thinking about and evaluate the differences between the Hannover and their experiences in the Netherlands so far. Insightful differences were pointed out such as: a big gap between the younger and older generations in Germany and the perspective to cycling, the influential perspective of the media concerning cycling (for example related to collisions and the role of the person on the bike and the person driving their car) and of course the big difference in safety while participating in traffic. Interestingly, similarities between Hannover and the Netherlands were also discussed. While the students where faster with indicating the differences, they there are quite some things in common. Such as the upspring of shared mobility in combination with the use of applications and the diversity of cycling rates and ownership between neighbourhoods/cities within the same country.

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