Study Tours highlight Dutch bicycle infrastructure

Judith and David Hembrow say the best way to understand how bicycling in the Netherlands works is to immerse yourself in it. Here’s part of the pitch: “Our Study Tours are for interested politicians, transport planners, transport campaigners, cycling co-ordinators and individuals. The tours are in the English language and take place in Assen and Groningen in The Netherlands (Holland). These locations boast some of the best cycling infrastructure in the world.” (Hembrow Cycling Holidays)

If you can put one foot in front of the other, you can walk. But some areas are easier to walk through because they not only accommodate pedestrians, they give you places to go within a reasonable distance. Here’s a look at some of the most walkable areas in the United States—and a reminder that walkable areas often exist within locations otherwise indifferent to the needs of walkers. (Slate)

If you’re interested in pedestrian and bicycle-friendly infrastructure, urban design, transit and planning, add The Atlantic Cities to your reading list. There’s always something to learn, such as how the United States replaced common law with statutes to keep traffic deaths from smothering the car industry. (The Atlantic Cities)

New Urbanism, which promotes walkable communities, and modern art, much of which I walk away from, have something in common: names that conceal their ages. The Congress for the New Urbanism has met annually for 20 years. (Wikipedia says modern art dates back to the 1860s.) This year, according to writer Ben Brown, attendees recognized “that we’re in an era in which nobody’s writing blank checks for changing the world in one fell swoop, we’re exploring more modest rescues.” (Placeshakers and Newsmakers)

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3 Responses to Study Tours highlight Dutch bicycle infrastructure

  1. woo says:

    Maybe we will see what E Peoria looks like in a year or so, but it should be know that peoria elected offices still show no interest in how to get around in this town . In my 25 plus years of ridding somethings are better but we have some growing to do and we will have to have a mindset change with some

    • The difference between East Peoria and Peoria is that East Peoria seems to execute on its plans and Peoria simply executes (kills) plans.

      I’m not sure that I see prospects brightening on the Peoria side of the Illinois River. The city and county of Peoria have been studying, and implementing, ways to combine certain services. Sometimes the combination of the two is less expensive than the previous go-it-alone strategies. But the danger of a potential “unigov” on the Peoria side of the river is the immediate reduction in competition among governmental units to implement best practices, such as improved bicycle infrastructure. (And there’s little competition going on right now within county boundaries.)

      East Peoria, on the other hand, provides Peoria with the most immediate evidence to date that there may be a better way to govern.

      At the same time, East Peoria’s new downtown, while a well-executed, modern example of cooperation between government and business (read: local taxpayer money supporting private investment), is little more than another franchise superland with acres of parking. And while superland may increase tax revenues to East Peoria, it contains few locally owned businesses with independent identities and historical ties to East Peoria. In terms of anything that makes East Peoria special, there’s little “there” there, outside of the river walkway and paved trailed to Morton.

      That being said, the best thing about East Peoria’s new downtown may be that it’s a brownfield development. Business has moved into the city instead of staking positions in farm fields around the edges of it. And maybe at this stage in central Illinois, that’s enough.

  2. woo says:

    There have been offers to city of peoria elected to come ride with us we will provide bike what ever they all declined that say something to me

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