Cycling for Everyone
Cycling for Everyone

Study visit from Hochschule Darmstadt

24 March 2023

Last week a group of students from the Hochschule Darmstadt visited the Netherlands as part of a course excursion. The mixed group consisted of students from transport planning and environmental engineering and was led by Prof Axel Wolfermann, visiting the country for a whole week.

On Tuesday, the group arrived in Amsterdam and explored the city by foot on a tour led by Naomi Kloostra from ARUP. Starting at central station at the newly build underwater bicycle garage on the IJ, the students were amazed by the size and construction of the facility. The tour covered a number of cycling infrastructure interventions from small curbs and signs to larger streets and reconstructions. Naomi pointed out the historical developments of the city impacting the urban and transport developments in recent decades and especially cycling.

On the next day the group was welcomed in Utrecht by Chris Bruntlett from DCE giving a presentation about the human dimension of cycling and its implications on inclusivity. This was followed by an input from Tim Adema from Roelofs on the planning and policies of cycling infrastructure with examples from recent developments in Utrecht. These were then explored by a walking tour around Utrecht Centraal covering the recent developments to the area and it’s transport infrastructure. The tour finished at the Catharijnesingel as an impressive example of the potential of urban redevelopments.

The group continued their journey to Houten and finished at Utrecht University on Friday. Thanks to all the enthusiasm and questions by the students.

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