Behavioural change / Cycling / Public Spaces / Walking

Five great reasons to meet Mobycon at Walk Bike Places New Orleans next week

Mobycon is excited to support Project for Public Spaces and the 20th Walk/Bike/Places conference in New Orleans. This year’s event will take place September 16-19, 2018 and is expected to draw over 1,500 delegates. Mobycon team members Mary Elbech (Mobycon USA) and Lennart Nout (Mobycon, Netherlands) are keen to share our Dutch inspired mobility solutions that can be applied in your city, town or community!

Here are 5 great reasons to catch-up with the Mobycon team next week:

Reason # 1. A presentation on pedestrian zones on Monday 9/17 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM in Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Oak Alley

Lennart Nout will give a presentation on pedestrian zones Hint: cyclists react strongly to social interaction and ‘design clues’ in a way very similar to pedestrians. In other words: cyclists regulate themselves.

Reason # 2. Work shop Advanced Topics in Shared Street Design” on Tuesday 9/18 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Conference Venue

It’s easy to see why shared streets can be a controversial approach to Complete Streets. What started as a radical idea – that traffic safety increases when emphasis on traffic signs and markings is replaced with social interaction in the form of mixed streets – is now a proven practice in the Netherlands, Europe, and increasingly in the US. And for good reason. When done correctly, it’s among the safest approaches to street design. This workshop explores how we can create a thoughtfully-designed shared streets through Functional Ambiance and Dutch design principles.

Reason # 3 Work shopBalancing Place and Flow through Participatory Design” on Wednesday 9/19 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Oak Alley

In this workshop, we will introduce methods developed in the Netherlands that offer a step-by-step approach to developing shared goals through co-creation, an invaluable asset in achieving a widely-supported design. Participants will learn how to combine the world of flow (the functional, traffic, the engineering world) with the world of place (the aesthetic, public space, the urban design world), as well as the importance of those roles within Sustainable Safety.

Reason # 4. Documentary “Why we cycle” (registration required)

Join us for the New Orleans premiere of “Why We Cycle”, a well received, thought-provoking documentary about Dutch bicycle culture, hosted by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Mobycon.

To the Dutch, cycling is as normal as breathing. In the documentary ‘Why We Cycle’ we take a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious, but even more hidden effects of cycling on people, on societies, and on the organization of cities. – Film makers Gertjan Hulster – Arne Gielen – Marco te Brömmelstroet – Jeroen Dirks

The movie will be shown Monday evening, September 17th at New Orleans’ charming and historic Le Petit Theatre, along with refreshments and a post-movie discussion with Director Gertjan Hulster, Executive Director of Bike Easy Dan Favre, Director of the Dutch Cyclists’ Union Saskia Kluit and Dutch mobility expert Lennart Nout.

Seating is limited, so please register in advance on line. We hope to see you there! Refreshments are being provided by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Reason # 5. Holland Trade Show Booth with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Netherlands

We’ll be at the Holland booth at the conference which serves as the Dutch Meeting Point for all the Dutch visiting and presenting at the conference. You may remember the great booth the Dutch Government had in Vancouver last time. The booth will be there again. Drop by to say hi, to share experiences, to collect some information or to sign up for the movie “Why we cycle” if you haven’t done so online.

Bonus Reason # 6:

There might be a 6th reason, but we can’t reveal it yet, so keep your ear to the ground at the conference or drop by at the Holland Meeting Point Booth.

Hope to see you in New Orleans!

The Mobycon Team

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‘North American cities are building momentum to address mobility challenges. But there is so much left to do! I’m excited to support cities in Canada and the United States using practical and innovative ideas from the Netherlands to create local solutions.’

Director – North America
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