Bicycle-Friendly Cities: Lessons from Utrecht

As we work to make the Portland metro area safer and more accessible for bicyclists, we often look to European success stories for best practices in urban planning and design. Next week, we’ll get a chance to learn these lessons directly from Martijn Rietbergen, a bicycle policy expert hailing from Utrecht, one of the Netherlands’ most bicycle-friendly cities.

Join us next Wednesday, May 30, for a free presentation and conversation with Rietbergen, an International Visiting Scholar at Portland State University, to discuss some best practices which we might apply in the City of Portland to make it safer and easier for people to get around by bike.

At The Street Trust, we’re building a movement to make it safe and easy for people to walk, bike, and ride public transit. We hope you can join us in expanding our understanding of how our colleagues across the pond have succeeded in creating safe spaces to ride bikes. To RSVP, please email Gerik Kransky at [email protected].

Bicycle-Friendly Cities: Lessons from Utrecht

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Market Center Building, Room 316

1600 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

Utrecht is a bustling, bicycle-friendly city in the Netherlands. Every day, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., more than 125,000 cyclists ride their bikes to their work, school, university, public transport, shops, or home through the city center. The municipality has worked to make bicycling a more attractive option for commuters. Consequently, the bicycle is given precedence in Utrecht’s transportation policies.

“We want to be the most bike-friendly city in the world,” says Rietbergen, “We want to keep our growing city livable, accessible, and economically strong, and we are convinced that the bicycle can and should play a major role in this.” This presentation will give insight in the biking policy, bicycle parking and enforcement, bicycle infrastructure and routes, construction and detours, economics, and safety in Utrecht.

About the speaker

Martijn Rietbergen, International Visiting Scholar at Portland State University

Martijn Rietbergen is a researcher, lecturer, and project leader at the Center Of Expertise for Smart Sustainable Cities (University of Applied Science – Utrecht) in the Netherlands. He was appointed as visiting scholar at PSU in May 2018.

(Photo credit: Marcelo Campi / Bicycles Utrecht (NL) via Flickr.)

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