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Planning the Cycling City

Planning the Cycling City

This graduate level programme unravels urban cycling from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective. We draw on historical and current events and thinking and engage with top Dutch and international experts and leaders. Students learn a variety of essential skills that support meaningful understanding, developing and fostering of cycling cities.

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Programme at a glance

Academic dates: 28 June - 16 July 2020
Housing dates: 26 June - 17 July 2020
Academic fee: € 1600 read more about what’s included
Housing fee: € 500 - 650* and € 75 refundable deposit. Housing prices will vary per programme depending on location. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.
Credits: 6 European Credits
Who is this programme for? For academics and professionals with a background related to urban planning. All participants must completed their Bachelor's degree (minimum) and have experience working in a related field.
Acting academic director:  George Liu
Academic director & co-founder: Marco te Brommelstroet
Lecturer & co-founder:  Meredith Glaser
Early application deadline: 1 February 2020
Regular application deadline: 1 April 2020

*Housing prices are tentative and will be finalised by 1 February 2020.

Programme description

Together we examine the impacts of history, policy, infrastructure, planning, and culture within the context of urban cycling in the Netherlands. Next to this, the programme invites students to bring and share their personal views and experiences on cycling cities. As the world’s cycling capital, Amsterdam offers a premier environment for engaging with all of this.

This course follows a flipped classroom approach in which Amsterdam is both a story board and a lab. Experience and experiential learning are key components of the course. Students are encouraged to independently explore and examine the city through the lens of the learning material; to get inspiration, to struggle with concepts or to “translate lessons" to their local context.

The course includes intimate discussions with the absolute leaders in fields ranging from sociology to transport engineering, and including influential academics and practitioners. To develop a rich understanding of a cycling city students engage in fieldwork, excursions, small group discussions and course projects. Seminal and recent contributions to the relevant literature are discussed throughout the course.

The programme will cover topics as diverse as urban cycling (historical and current trends), power relations in policy, strategic planning at different scales, land use, streams and wayfinding, bicycle culture and effects, data collection and measurement, and marketing as a policy instrument.

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Get in touch with us at summer-info-gsss@uva.nl or call +31 (0)20 525 3776.

Planning the Cycling City
Vorm Kortlopend
Studielast 6 EC, 3 weken
Voertaal Engels
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