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Mobycon Designer Dick van Veen makes the case for introducing a little bit of uncertainty in the public realm through Shared Space designs. His guest post was originally published on the Green Lanes Project Blog and republished on Streetsblog.
Mobycon has been leading pilot projects integrating electric-cargo bicycles and electric-scooters in delivery businesses. A story about initial findings recently appeared on the Web site of CROW, the Dutch knowledge centre for cycling policy.
Mobycon consultants will be sharing their research on two different sustainable transportation topics that have the potential to affect traffic congestion at Dutch National Traffic Conference, November 12, 2014.
30-kilometre zones are a growing international trend but there are still many unanswered questions about how to adapt streets designed for higher speeds and create safe spaces for all road users. Johan Diepens will present “Shared Space Design Solutions for 30-Kilometre Zones” a workshop in Ottawa, Canada, 14 November.
Shops, restaurants, public spaces and other attractions were becoming less and less attractive in the town of Oud-Beijerlanddue due to the unpleasant and unsafe conditions on the busy thoroughfare leading to the centre. Mobycon Designer Dick van Veen created the solution and it was not a bike lane, cycle track or a ban on cars. Instead, the centre was transformed into a Shared Space where design now provides effective enforcement of the 30 kilometres per hour speed limit.
The European project BESTFACT, about best practices in freight transport and logistics, has just launched its latest newsletter. In this newsletter (among others) an article about the implementation of e-cargo-bikes in the Region Groningen-Assen, which is evaluated by Mobycon.
Check out this video to see how cyclists and pedestrians mix in the Delft city centre.
Downtown revitalization is happening across North America and pedestrian malls like Minneapolis’s Nicollet Mall and Calgary’s Stephen Avenue at the heart of the city are often a first step in the process.
Mobycon consultants will be providing an interactive, one-day coaching session about converting streets into 30-kilometre zones through adapting proven design solutions from the Netherlands into approaches that work in North American. The workshop will be held in Ottawa, Canada on 14 November.
Mobycon Designer Dick van Veen will travel to Tampere, Finland to share the best of Dutch bicycle planning 28 - 31 October.
Consultant Otto Cazemier will present about the way the Province of Gelderland is working to provide accessible and sustainable mobility options at the Transportation Research Board’s conference, “Shaping the New Future of Paratransit: An International Conference on Demand-Responsive Transit,” 29-30 October in Monterey, California.
Mobycon helped to produce a bicycle policy strategy for implementing the 2005 Cycling Plan of Drenthe. Team Leader Martijn van de Leur explained the project recently in an article published in Verkeer in Beeld, an online Dutch traffic magazine. Read an English translation of the article below.
In the latest edition of our e-newsletter, Groeten uit Nederlands, we share some stories from our experiences coaching and interpreting bicycling planning & sustainable mobility abroad. Now we would like to invite you, our readers to join the exchange and share your winter cycling expertise with us at Winter Cycling Congress 2015 Leeuwarden.
Mobycon Team Leader Martijn van de Leur got a letter in his mailbox one day inviting people to give suggestions about how to make the neighbourhood more liveable and gezelliger, which is a special Dutch word best equated to cosy in English.
Providing inspiration to communities at all stages of bicycle integration is part of our international practice, and one service in particular is aimed at communities in the early stages. The Kickstand Sessions Master Classes have been developed to share the best of European bicycling knowledge. Still, some people wonder how the Dutch and Danish approach can work in places where conditions are as different as in the borough of Southwark in London, for example, the site of our last class.
One way the Dutch Municipality of Zoetermeer is facilitating more cycling is through prioritizing social safety of night cycling. Mobycon has been hired to assess their bicycle network from this perspective.
Mobycon has been working with the Dutch Region of North Veluwe to develop an integrated approach for improving bicycle safety across the entire region.
A delegation from Ecuador came to the Netherlands to learn more about clean mobility. Johan Diepens and Angela van der Kloof organized a workshop and a guided bike ride.
The Beter Benutten (Better Utilisation) programme is uniting the Dutch national government, regions and private sector in reducing congestion over the next three years at the busiest bottlenecks across the country. June 12-13, Consultant Liesbeth van Alphen led a two-day workshop to help stakeholders in Central Holland begin planning the second phase of this three-year programme.
Six years ago, only two cities in France had bike-sharing systems. Today, 35 French cities have bike sharing. Bicycling is not only popular, it is also providing real economic benefits, according to a new government report. For highlights from one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in France, read more.
More and more European cities are implementing free public transport. Mobycon is working with partners to create a database for sharing knowledge about these schemes.
Are you travelling in The Netherlands this summer? Stop off in Noordwijk and enjoy the beach without the hassle. A beach shuttle and other efforts aimed at greening summer traffic are being rolled out in accordance Noordwijk's Local Travel Plan Network (LTPN).
Horizon2020 and the upcoming TEN-T and Interreg V programmes are presenting opportunities for European cities to come together around common problems. Between Mobycon's experience and our network, there are many opportunities to collaborate on EU projects with a Dutch partner, we invite you to get in touch directly.
Why start from scratch when you can use the Dutch approach as a starting point for developing your community’s own unique bicycling tradition? Visitors coming to experience Dutch bicycling can take advantage of free navigation tools and Mobycon's study tour offerings.
Tel Aviv, Israel is growing rapidly as a cycling city and now has a mode share of 12 percent. More cyclists are making the streets of Tel Aviv safer for cycling, but also increasing running into conflicts with pedestrians. Consultant Angela van der Kloof led a workshop on the topic in March, get an inside look through this photo essay.
A new film is being made to tell the story of Mama Agatha, a bicycle skills trainer in South Amsterdam. Mama Agatha was once a participant in Consultant Angela van der Kloof's train-the-bicycle-trainer course. Now, Mama Agatha is helping other immigrant women adapt to their new home by teaching them the most fundamental of Dutch skills.
In 2013, total traffic fatalities in The Netherlands declined by 12 percent, while the European average was a decline of 8 percent. There's a ways to go until everybody gets home safe, but more cities are adopting vision zero, new technology is being developed to improve communication between bikes and cars and Dutch authorities at all levels are actively working to develop partnerships and innovations that improve road safety.
In The Netherlands, it is not unusual to cycle year round, but there is still great potential for improving winter cycling here. This is why we are excited to announce the Winter Cycling Congress 2015 will be held in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, February 10-12, 2015.
Have you ever experienced rush hour from the seat of a bike? This July 23-25, come and immerse yourself in the Dutch bicycle tradition through Mobycon's Bicycle 360 Study Tour. An early bird discount is available for participants who register before June 22.
Johan Diepens, founder and CEO of Mobycon will travel to Mexico June 16 as a member of a delegation organized by the Dutch Cycling Embassy to share Dutch bicycle expertise.
Last week in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the City Centre Cycle Track Network project got a boost. The Special Project Committee on Transportation & Transit approved the project at a public meeting.
How do you make Dutch best practices work in your community? This is the question Angela van der Kloof sets out to answer in her recently published article appearing in Get Britain Cycling magazine.
This past weekend, 250 people descended on the Dutch city of Nijmegen to discuss cargo bikes. This was not simple a group of oddball enthusiasts, but business people and entrepreneurs from around the world who are seriously experimenting with the potential of the cargo bike as a utility vehicle.
Amsterdam means bikes but not all parts of the city are equally bike friendly. In the district of Nieuw West only 16 percent of the population cycles daily, compared with 28 percent across the whole city and 44 percent in the historic centre. How is this possible to have such a moderate mode share in the city of bikes?
Holidays are too precious to waste time sitting in traffic jams. Forward-thinking European destinations are making efforts to manage seasonal transportation demand and at the same time giving their visitors another reason to come. Check out the STARTER project.
Liesbeth van Alphen will present “STARTER: jointly working on sustainable mobility in touristic areas,” at the TRA2014 conference April 15 in Paris. Also in Paris, Angela van der Kloof will present “Bicycle Lessons, Activity and Empowerment” at the Congress on Women’s Issues in Transportation, April 14-16.
Bike routes between cities are being made more safe, comfortable and coherent in the region of Copenhagen, where Mobycon has recently completed two projects. In addition to physical improvements, these new routes are actually being branded to make them recognisable over distance. Hand-in-hand with better routes, come e-bicycles. Together these efforts are meant to support Copenhagen’s goal of reaching 50 percent mode share for cycling.
Mobycon has evaluated the design over 1,000 existing bus stops in the Dutch province of North Brabant, since 2009. Now, 80 percent of the bus stops have been retrofitted to increase accessibility for disabled and senior citizens.
Tilburg was a pioneer when Dutch cities first began building bicycle-specific infrastructure in the late 1970s. Consultant Angela van der Kloof is a resident of that city. She was recently asked to share her expertise and give an analysis of where Tilburg is succeeding in the realm of cycling and where there is room for improvement.
To help designers and engineers better understand the Dutch approach to cycle track intersections, Mobycon Designer Dick van Veen teamed up with Mark Wagenbuur, the blogger behind Bicycle Dutch
12 percent of Europeans cycle daily according to a new study, but to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 60 percent by 2050, we need to do more. Working together to develop competitive and resource-efficient urban mobility is a key takeaway from the Commission’s new urban mobility package, which is meant to guide policy at the European level and within Member States. Mobycon has been working together with partners across Europe on large-scale pilot projects in the area of sustainable mobility for more than 10 years.
Is your city, region, tourism body, company or other organization seeking to promote cycling? NAVIKI is a software product that gives planners valuable information for developing cycling policy and offers cyclists everyday convenience. Mobycon presents NAVIKI together with our German partner beemo GmbH.
Spring is here and Mobycon is ready to help you gear up for more cycling. We invite you to visit us in The Netherlands for a customized study tour, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the Dutch cycling tradition.
In 2011, the City of Calgary set a target of creating 30 kilometres of cycle tracks to provide Calgarians with improved mobility options. Mobycon cooperated with Canadian engineering firm Stantec to analyse transportation patterns and target groups in order to develop a comprehensive and inclusive cycling network.
If you are reading this, you are well aware that The Netherlands is perhaps the best cycling country in Europe (but this is a battle we fight with the Danes). Actually, the bike is so common that sometimes it is forgotten. A good example is traffic models.
Utrecht in the Central part of The Netherlands is home to many businesses and the region has the traffic congestion to match. It is estimated 30 percent of traffic jams in the country take place on the roads of this region. The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and regional partners defined measures that can increase kilometres of passenger rail by 5 percent and reduce congestion by 20 to 30 percent in the next year.
It is no secret that we Dutch bike a lot but for trips beyond 5 kilometres or about 3 miles, the mode share for cycling begins to drop. We are making an effort to use our roads better instead of building more and targeting different modes of transportation is part of that effort. The emergence and development of the electric bicycle is helping to make the two-wheeled transport viable for trips longer than 5 kilometres. een een
The province of Limburg in the South of The Netherlands is preparing for the regional future of public transportation. This task involves working with all municipalities in the region and forecasting their future transportation needs. The challenge will be to meet future regional demand while also maintaining the current system, all on a smaller budget.
There is a friendly rivalry between the reigning European cycling cities of Copenhagen and Amsterdam. For the last 10 years, the City of Copenhagen has been compiling a bicycle account annually to assess cycling developments and help direct future planning. Copenhagen contacted Mobycon to create a study of Amsterdam for a section of the 2012 Copenhagen Bicycle Account.
The car is still the dominant mode of transportation in the Ottawa, Canada but cycling is increasing. With more cyclists on the road, the city is working on implementing policy and design that makes streets safe for all users, including cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and transit users no matter their age or ability. Dutch traffic safety is preventative by nature with concepts like sustainable safety.
How can cycling be facilitated in icy conditions? This is the question that was asked by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and Fietsberaad, a Dutch organisation specialising in the dissemination of knowledge about bicycle policy. Mobycon consultants created a pilot project studying the bicycle network in the Dutch City of Gouda to begin exploring winter maintenance issues.
Mobycon is pleased to welcome two new sustainable mobility consultants, Elizabeth Allingham in Canada and Mary Hudson Embry in the United States. Elizabeth and Mary are uniquely qualified build partnerships and translate European practices to the North American context having both spent time in Europe’s leading bicycle nations, The Netherlands and Denmark.
Winter is here but that doesn’t mean we have to put our bikes away. In order to encourage more active transportation during the cold months, the International Winter Cycling Congress will be held in Winnipeg, Canada. Infrastructure issues will be discussed as well as the psychological barrier associated with riding a bike when the temperature dips below zero.
Giving communities a push in their quest for more pedalling is the aim of the Kickstand Sessions. These master classes combine Dutch, Danish and North American expertise to present best practices and advice in a way that is relevant.
The province of Limburg in the South of The Netherlands is preparing for the regional future of public transportation. Determining future demand for public transportation is an enormous task that involves working with all the municipalities in the region. Mobycon has been hired to help with this process, which will result in an overall public transportation vision.
Grocery stores that invest in parking are investing in their competitors. When driving to the grocery store is encouraged, distance is no longer a barrier. People accustomed to driving to the store will eventually leave their local store, if they think a competitor will offer a better experience. This was one conclusion of a recent panel on the impact of bicycle transportation on local businesses, which was chaired by Senior Consultant Angela van der Kloof. The Bike Café was organized by the Tilburg Cycling Forum and included local businesses from the Dutch town of Tilburg and transportation consultants who came together to brainstorm ways to promote local commerce.
Tilburg was one of the first Dutch towns to build cycling-specific facilities in the late 1970s after the oil crisis, environmental concerns, traffic fatalities and other factors lead to more policy supportive of cycling. One of the first two-way tracks for cyclists was built there in 1977 but the town did not stop there. Tilburg went on to build a cycling network and worked to keep car traffic minimal in the center of town.
Drivers living 6 to 15 kilometers from their workplace in the Dutch town of Bergen op Zoom now have the opportunity to test out an electric bike while commuting to work. Research shows that e-bikes can compete with cars for trips of 15 kilometers or less. The Doorgeeffiets, or Relay Bike program, has the potential to encourage healthier habits among employees and stimulate positive changes to the cycling infrastructure in the surrounding area.
Hero Havenga is the owner of Gold Country, an organic farm north of the Dutch city of Groningen. He regularly delivers the produce grown on his farm to consumers and restaurants inside the city. In October, Havenga will be using an electric tricycle to make those deliveries. Using an e-tricycle means that Havenga can carry a heavy load from the country to the city while avoiding carbon emissions.
Many cities have goals regarding the environment, but translating goals into effective policy can be challenging. A new tool aims to make this process easier. EcoMobility SHIFT is a tool municipalities can use to perform a self-assessment meant to measure their current efforts toward sustainable urban traffic and transport. Oss is the first Dutch city to utilize this new tool.
Twice a year the newsletter of the European project WEASTFLOWS appears and is now available.
On the 19th and 20th June Portsmouth International Port hosted a Weastflows conference where we worked together with all Weastflows partners on all the activities in the Weastflows project. The Weastflows project aims to improve the efficiency of freight logistics in North West Europe.
Naviki is a website and app that calculates bicycle routes, stores user routes and allows users to share routes with others.
There is a friendly rivalry between the reigning cities of cycling in Europe, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. For the last 10 years, the city of Copenhagen has been compiling a bicycle account annually to assess cycling developments and help direct future planning.
Enabling cooperation between pedestrian and cycling networks and advocates is these areas is the subject of Dick van Veen’s talk at the upcoming Walk21, the 14th annual international conference on walking and liveable communities scheduled for 11 to 13 of September in Munich, Germany.
Successful cycling is dependent on integrating the mode into all plans for land use and transportation within the city. In order for this to happen, the bicycle must be considered a legitimate means of transport. This is the thesis of “Integration beats isolation: planning delivers dividends” a chapter in Enabling Cycling Cities, a recently published book by CIVITAS, a European Commission initiative focused on energy and transport.
Slippery roads seem for off in June but they are a serious issue to consider in enabling cycling all year round. Alex Roedoe a Senior Consultant at Mobycon recently contributed to a study on the treatment of the bicycle network in extreme weather conditions. The study was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Fietsberaad, a Dutch organisation specialising in the dissemination of knowledge about bicycle policy.
Mobycon is partner in the European FP7 project E-FREIGHT. This project has made a short movie to explain the e-freight concept.
The City of Calgary has 12,000 riders coming in and out of downtown every day, and soon those riders will be able to get back and forth using a network of protected bike lanes. Mobycon CEO, Johan Diepens and Senior Consultant Angela van der Kloof are in Calgary this week helping to launch the the centre city cycle track network project.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, Senior Consultant, Angela van der Kloof will present “Lessons Learned Through Training Immigrant Women in The Netherlands to Cycle” at Velo-City Vienna.
Choices must be made in structure of a city. Not every space can be for the car, and residential streets are a good place to begin downgrading the dominance of this mode. This is the advice of Mobycon CEO, Johan Diepens to the city of Melbourne, Australia. Johan visited the city in October 2012 for the Bike Futures Conference where he was a keynote speaker.
In the center of Ottawa, the mode share for biking is 6 percent, compared to the Canadian average of 2 percent. New infrastructure is being built including a bike and pedestrian bridge, which will enable cyclists to cross over a busy parkway to reach shopping and other neighborhoods.
King Street in Kitchener, Ontario is being transformed from a street to a multi-modal, public space with flexible parking defined by removable bollards, wide sidewalks with rolled curbs, bike parking, and most recently, super sharrows to help divide the street in a way that gives cyclists comfort and drivers an indication they are sharing the road with another user.
Start by connecting one hub to another, Mobycon consultant Dick van Veen advised the city of Athens recently when interviewed for an article on cycling infrastructure by the newspaper, Ta Nea. Although a comprehensive network is the ultimate goal, cities have to begin at the beginning with one solid piece of infrastructure that can inspire use.
Electric bikes as alternatives to cars and redesigned roundabouts were two of the topics Johan Diepens, founder and CEO of Mobycon, discussed in his presentation, “Planning for Cyclists in Holland” at the Cycle City Expo in Birmingham, England, April 25.
BESTFACT second International Workshop on e-Freight: “East West Corridor information exchange”, 18th & 19th June 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Mobycon is partner in this project and our senior advisor Ronald Jorna will participate.
Liveable cities are bicycle-friendly cities, but the question is how exactly to make a city friendly to bicycles. Experts from Mobycon and Danish partner, Copenhagenize Design Co. are touring North America teaching a bicycle planning master class meant to inspire planners, politicians, cycling advocates and other champions of liveable communities with lessons learned in The Netherlands and Denmark.
Dick van Veen presents ThinkBike. Helsinki, Finland has been integrating cycling facilities into the city’s infrastructure since the 1960s with a strict division between heavy and light traffic resulting in a system that puts cyclists on sidewalks with pedestrians. The mix has resulted in complaints from pedestrians causing the city to reconsider their approach to cycle planning with help from Dutch experts.
A symposium including Angela van der Kloof. Cycling is simply a way to get around in The Netherlands. When Senior Consultant Angela van der Kloof took a position teaching immigrant women to cycle 20 years ago, she never expected to learn so much doing such a mainstream activity. In reality, she found cycling is linked with an individual’s position within their family as well as within society, and the bicycle is a tool that can be used to empower people.
A presentation by Johan Diepens. There is no comparing the trunk of a car with the basket of a bicycle – though a cargo bike might come close. But people on bikes are much more susceptible to the charm of fresh fruit and sunny café tables than those speeding by in a car. More frequent stops, mean those bike baskets are filled up more frequently. In other words, bikes are good for business.
Smarter cycling tools for cities, a workshop by Angela van der Kloof. Cycling from point A to point B is only getting easier with Naviki, an online route planning tool capable of locating the fastest path to a Monday morning meeting or the most scenic loop through the city’s main attractions, depending on the user’s search input.
Equal access to public space is an issue that has fascinated Angela van der Kloof since university where she studied education and human geography. In her experience, the bicycle is a tool for stimulating participation and integration in society and creating an environment that is social and accessible for all. Angela has been teaching immigrant women to cycle in her hometown of Tilburg, The Netherlands since the 1990s. She is the creator of a successful program entitled “Cycling Friends” in which enthusiastic cyclists support beginning cyclists by riding together. She will share the lessons learned through this experience during a podium speech at Velo-City 2013.
Take some prefabricated steel boxes, an idea for providing cyclists with the facilities they need and some visionary architecture and design students and this is the Trimo Urban Crash Competition held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
How about a hot out of the oven pizza, delivered by bike? Hans Kooijman’s carrier bike makes this possible. Il Forno Mobile and other carrier bikes will be unveiled at Bakfiets Treffen 2013 on Sunday, April 7, an event which also marks the launch of PRO E-BIKE.
In the months of November and December, Consultants Angela van der Kloof and Dick van Veen travelled to small and large municipalities in Ireland spreading understanding of sustainable mobility and safe and viable design approaches for public spaces through intensive two-day workshops.