On Friday, May 12th a group of students, professors, and bicycle advocates from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, USA visited the DCE office in Delft. 

The diverse group was keen to experience how the city of Delft is designed to encourage safe and active transportation. The visit consisted of a presentation and bicycle tour led by Dick van Veen and Eveline de Jong; both of whom are consultants at Mobycon, a Dutch based international firm that specializes in sustainable traffic, transport and mobility solutions.

A highlight of the tour was a visit to the Westerkwartier neighborhood in Delft, the first woonerf (a place with traffic calming infrastructure) in the world. Dick discussed how reduced car access through narrow roadways and scarce car parking has helped to create a community with streets where young children can play without the fear of being harmed by fast moving automobiles.

The group truly enjoyed their experience and is now equipped with a basic understanding of how the principles of active design can encourage safe and vibrant neighborhoods and cities. Hopefully this group will utilize their experiences to translate similar design concepts into their own communities back in the USA.

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