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Cycling as everyday mobility. Trends and policies in The Netherlands

Updated: Nov 20, 2018

28 NOV 2014 (FRI) | 19:00-20:00

Room 115, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong.



Prof Luca Bertolini Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Amsterdam

Luca Bertolini is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam. His research and teaching focus on the integration of transport and land use planning. He has published more than 70 international peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, books and book chapters, including the three books 'Cities on Rails', 'Transit Oriented Development. Making it Happen' and ‘Transport Models in Urban Planning Practices. Tensions and Opportunities in a Changing Planning Context’. His research has often led to practice applications, as with the numerous applications of the 'node-place model', a method for assessing the development potential of station areas. He was the Principal Investigator of three recently completed projects researching cycling in the Netherlands.



With more than a quarter of all trips made by bike the Netherlands has the highest share of cycling among developed nations, making it the ideal place to look at to understand what a world where cycling is a dominant transportation mode might look like. While the share of cycling in the Netherlands has been stable for years, there is high and growing differentiation in bike use. In cities volumes are high and growing, in the countryside low and declining, but there are also large differences between places with similar levels of urbanization. Cycling is high among the young, while it is much reduced when setting up a family. The elderly are the group showing the most pronounced growth in bike use in recent years, and there is growth also among young urbanites, but cycling remains foreign to most non-Western migrants. Differentiated trends ask differentiated policies. An effective cycling policy has both hard and soft components. A comparative analysis in Dutch medium sized cities shows that providing infrastructure for cycling and decreasing attractiveness of car use is important, but also the organization and implementation of policy, scope for experiments, and strong leadership. Is there anything that Hong Kong and China can learn from the Dutch experience? And why should they bother? Come along, and we’ll discuss!


Organizers:Master of Arts in Transport Policy and Planning, HKU (MATPP)

Institute of Transport Studies, HKU (ITS)


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