Through ThinkBike workshops, Dutch cycling and urban-planning experts work with American communities to develop and implement ways to improve bicycle paths and infrastructure.
As we transition from an economy dependent on oil and gas to one driven by renewable energy sources, Dutch and American innovators are leading the way toward the future for sustainable transportation.
Bicycles can play a key role in sustainable transportation because they run on human power and emit no pollution. The Dutch know this well, as nearly 30 percent of trips up to five miles are made by bike in the Netherlands.
A strong bike policy is integral to Dutch sustainability measures, resulting in less traffic, less pollution, and a healthier population. The Netherlands works with North American cities through the multi-city initiative ThinkBike, which teams Dutch bike experts with local governments and communities to develop strategies for increased bike-ridership.
The collaboration among cycling experts and urban planners on both sides of the Atlantic doesn’t end once ThinkBike workshops are over.
Though the site evaluations and brainstorming takes just a couple of days, experts continue to refine their findings into a report that local planners can evaluate and incorporate into their cities’ long-term transportation plans.
Below is a list of the final reports from workshops we have held throughout North American cities.