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University of Lagos Postgraduate Study Abroad Program

7 March 2024

On Wednesday, March 6th, 2024, the Dutch Cycling Embassy hosted a group of postgraduate students of Transport Studies from the Department of Geography at the University of Lagos, who were participating in a week-long study abroad program in the Netherlands.

The program started with a presentation at the DCE’s Utrecht office by International Relations Manager Chris Bruntlett. It included a lively discussion about how the Netherlands became a cycling country, and what practical lessons Lagos can learn from this process. We discussed the stark differences between the Nigerian and Dutch situations, drawing from other similar contexts in which the DCE has already worked.

Following that discussion, the group of eight students and two faculty took to the streets of Utrecht for a walking tour. They visited the renewed Catharijnesingel waterway, the busiest cycle path in the country along the Vredenburg, and the world’s biggest bike parking facility at Utrecht Central Station. Following the half-day program, one of the students commented:

“Before I heard your presentation, I thought building a cycling city in Lagos was impossible. Now, I’m convinced we can do it.”

We wish these students the best of luck in their challenge of applying these lessons to Nigerian cities.

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