One of the very first things I noticed upon my initial visit to The Netherlands in 2015 was the seamless connection and synergistic coordination between the national transit system and the bicycle network, both of which we experienced every single day, usually multiple times each day. It wasn’t until subsequent return trips that I realized how well thought out and studied this phenomenon actually is.
In 2019 I had the pleasure of meeting Roland Kager of Studio Bereikbaar while tagging along with a PeopleForBikes Study Tour. His presentation and analysis of the data that he’s collected drove home just how these relationships are and the powerful potential that these hold for other cities around the world.
So we have your complimentary transit card ready for you, climb aboard, tune in and enjoy the ride.
Additional Helpful Links:
Dutch Cycling Embassy Video featuring Roland on the Synergies Between Cycling and public transport (slides here)
Synergies from Improved Cycling-Transit Integration – Discussion Paper in the Internation Transport Forum
Characterisation of and reflections on the synergy of bicycles and public transport a scientific article on symbiotic nature of cycling and public transport
Follow Roland on Twitter @BikeTrainGuru
For more information on this topic be sure to check out Melissa & Chris Bruntlett’s fabulous Island Press book: Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality Chapter 8, Use Bikes to Feed Transit, Page 151, addresses many of these themes.
Also, if you haven’t listened to it yet, be sure to catch our episode Going Dutch w/ Chris Bruntlett