Obscured by its apparent simplicity, cycling is a complex phenomenon. Being an almost perfect human-machine hybrid, cycling is deeply rooted in a plethora of socio-technological systems. Around the world cycling is embraced as an important ingredient to tackle a wide variety of individual and societal challenges. The Netherlands is often seen as an ideal living lab, because cycling has retained its significant share of mobility throughout the country. At the same time, there are large differences in developments across time and space, that allows for a better understanding of potential causal relations. This is also increasingly recognized by (inter)national top tier researchers from many different academic fields. They are uncovering reciprocal relations of cycling with spatial, ecological, historical, social, cultural, economic, biological and political structures. Unraveling the Cycling City bundles the state-of-the-art knowledge that emerges from research and practice on the Dutch cycling system. As such, it provides an easily accessible platform to learn about important causes and effects, to open minds for the complexity of the entire system and to support group deliberations around the world.
Unraveling the Cycling CityUniversity of Amsterdam
About this Course
What you will learn
Re-imagine the street as a space for negotiation and social interaction
Compare and contrast the experience of cycling to the experience of driving and walking
Explore the historical development of Dutch cycling
Examine the reciprocal interactions between land use and transport and identify how cycling fits into these systems
Skills you will gain
- Urban Planning
- Qualitative Research
- Bicycle planning
- Urban design
Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Week 1: A Historical Perspective
Week 2: The urban environment
Week 3: The street within a network
Week 4: The co-evolution of design and behavior
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TOP REVIEWS FROM UNRAVELING THE CYCLING CITY
The course took me to further distance with diffent angles in making cycling city works. Good different perspectives with good examples and cases.
An interesting and insightful course into the diverse factors affecting the development of a "cycling city".
Very good, well presented and contemporary research and thinking on urban cycling. I enjoyed undertaking the course immensely.
It was a pretty intensive and challenging course, but it has made me think, challenged assumptions and exposed me to new ideas and concepts.
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