Norway

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Last week, we had the honour of welcoming 8 members from the municipality of Oslo. Their goal was to experience the Dutch cycle-related urban and mobility developments, focused on retrofit projects with limited room for expansion, as this is a challenge they are facing in Oslo.

The delegation  started its 3-day trip with a day in Rotterdam. There, they had presentations from Warner Beumer and Bart Christiaens both from the city of Rotterdam. The first presentation focused on the history of the city as well as design principles when designing bicycle infrastructure. These principles were illustrated by some of the projects Warner worked on. The second presentation was centered around the bicycle policies and the current and future challenges related to cycling. It was discussed how the bicycle plan of the city has to integrate with broader strategy plans. Bart also explained the collaborative approach taken by the city regarding the different free-floating bicycle companies. 

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After lunch the delegation took part in a bicycle tour of the cityunder the guidance of Warner. The group made several stops to get more information about some of the cycling infrastructure that were presented in the morning but also about other design considerations.

Thursday started with a presentation of Folkert Piersma from Prorail on the development and success of bicycle parking systems near train stations, followed by a presentation of Frans Jan van Rossem from the Gemeente Utrecht. Frans Jan then gave a tour of the underground bicycle parking station at Utrecht Centraal.

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We were showed around Utrecht on bike by Eric van Dijk from the Province of Utrecht, who selected some prestigious projects such as the Dafne Schippersbrug, but also showed a new cycle path which is still in test phase.

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On Friday, the people from Oslo visited the Amsterdam office of Goudappel Coffeng. After visiting the shared space behind Amsterdam Central Station, and witnessing at first hand how the city deals with orphan bikes, Christiaan Kwantes gave a presentation of recent bicycle path projects Goudappel Coffeng had taken part in. 

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