Monday, April 25, 2011

Taking students to Amsterdam!

I am thrilled to be able to offer a class taking University students to Amsterdam to see how a city designed for bicycles works. What is it about the infrastructure design, legal systems, cultural attributes, economic policy, land use decisions, bike designs, and other things that leads to so much cycling in Amsterdam?

In addition to exploring these issues with a small group of students, what I am most excited about is to have students raise their own internal bars of what may be possible in terms of rates of cycling. What lessons can be brought back to the U.S.?

This blog will be my own telling and reflections on these topics leading up to the late June trip, during the trip, and afterward. Students will be keeping their own journal blogs, and collectively we'll hopefully have some great insights about what is and what could be.