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ThinkBike Workshop in Kitchener, Canada

18 September 2023

In early August, the Dutch Cycling Embassy organised a ThinkBike Workshop in Kitchener, Canada. Kitchener is an ambitious city that has been working on bike lanes and multi-use paths, and wants to take it to the next level. The focus of the workshop was to create a cycle-friendly Kitchener.

Martijn te Lintelo (Green Metropole Region Arnhem-Nijmegen) presented about why several layers of government should invest in cycling and what they get out of it. Thereby, he showed how the Dutch implement (active) mobility in newly developed neighbourhoods. Maurits Lopes Cardozo (Bikeminded) discussed infrastructure design and how the design can incentivise people to use active mobility. Maurits’ presentation enabled the participants to think outside the box and try creative ideas when they design their own streets.

In the break out sessions we discussed the current state of the cycle and how to improve it. Where are the missing links and how can we connect it to the existing network? In the afternoon we redesigned big intersections that are proving to be unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. When certain links in the network feel unsafe, people will not cycle in that area. By the end of the day, the participants had lots of creative ideas of how to improve the current situation.

The Dutch Cycling Embassy team envisions Kitchener to become an amazing cycling city!

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