The video above is from a presentation to the Washington Institute of Transportation Engineers earlier this month. In it, University Greenways organizer and thinker Eli Goldberg and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways leader Cathy Tuttle make a strong case for how the conversation around bicycling is changing dramatically, and why traffic engineers need to change with it.
Basically: We need to create neighborhoods and arterial streets that feel safe for everybody, and we need to find way that bicycle infrastructure can also improve neighborhoods for people who currently have no desire to pick up a bike.
If you are interested in these idea, the group is hosting an upcoming meeting looking at the design practices in the Netherlands where cycling is commonplace among huge portions of the population.
With more than 25% of all trips nationwide by bicycle, the Dutch must be doing something right. Innovative design, continuous networks and high quality facilities make cycling in the Netherlands safe, convenient and efficient.
Fred Young will lead us through a visual tour of Dutch cycling infrastructure, share insights of the transportation experts he met and show how cycling is a part of daily life in the Netherlands. Steve Durrant will act as Keynote Listener during the talk.
Recently back from a 600-mile bicycle journey through northern Europe, Fred’s goal was to experience some of the best bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation facilities in the world. He rode his bike from urban centers to rural villages, transitioned from bike to public transportation, and navigated by using maps and local wayfinding systems and maps. He took 5,000 photographs along the way, some of which he will share in this interactive evening event.
Fred Young is a Landscape Architect based in Seattle. His professional interests range from public art to community gardening to sustainable transportation planning.
Steve Durrant, Principal of Alta Planning + Design, recently returned to Seattle to open Alta’s newest office. He recently visited Holland and Denmark to study and enjoy progressive active transportation infrastructure.
**WHAT: What can we do in the street like the Dutch?
**WHO: For people interested in Dutch models of safe street design
**WHEN: Monday, Feb 4th 6:30-8:30pm
**WHERE: Mosaic Community Coffee House Wallingford 4401 2nd Ave NE
**DETAILS: Bring finger food potluck. No alcohol. Local Neighborhood Greenways groups will have an opportunity to update the larger group on their news, events, and plans in 90 seconds or less at the start of the meetup.