Mobycon at NACTO conference in Chicago

Mobycon at work at Dutch consulate
Mobycon at work at Dutch consulate in Chicago

Last year’s NACTO Designing Cities Conference took place in Chicago from October 30 to November 2, and brought together 800 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities.

 Mobycon was there too!

Design charette and work shop

Our Dutch colleague Lennart Nout participated in the Global Street Design Guide Training, supporting participants in a hands-on charette.

We also organised a workshop for those interested in safe intersection design for all users. Lennart Nout and Justin Goulding presented the latest Dutch insights on advanced topics in intersection design, delivering strategies & tools to avoid some of the most common design errors when designing Dutch inspired intersections.

Innovative Solutions

The half-day master class utilized a local case study to explore how international best practices can be employed in a local context to develop an intersection that is safe for all users. Participants were encouraged to draw upon the “Dutch approach” to single and bi-directional cycle tracks, signalized and un-signalized intersections, as well as roundabouts to develop a concept that best fit the intersection presented. While no two designs were alike, all employed elements from the master class to come up with innovative solutions to the challenge were at hand.

Mobycon gave a design for shop at the Consulate in Chicago
Mobycon gave a design workshop at the Dutch Consulate in Chicago for several NACTO participants

Starting point: Sustainable Safety

“It is great to see so much enthusiasm for Dutch intersection design”, Justin told us later. “Everyone clearly understands safety benefits and were very eager to figure out how to implement it in their city”. “In my opinion, Sustainable Safety should be the starting point in everything we design and this is part of what we taught them today”, adds Lennart.

The Dutch Consulate in Chicago lent us a hand by generously providing us with space at their office next to the conference facilities.

We are hoping to organise another work shop at the next NACTO conference in Los Angeles. Keep an eye on our website or sign up for our email via


“NACTO’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life.

Lennart Nout

‘The interplay of different modalities within cities intrigues me. I am always looking for the best solution for the city and its inhabitants, while playing close attention to bikes. In the Netherlands and abroad I give workshops on the development of cycling culture, strategic network planning, street design and intersection design.’

Senior Advisor Urban Mobility
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