Netherlands Day 8 – Delft facilities tour

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This morning we were to meet with delegates of the Dutch Cycling Embassy via Mobycon, a local consultant who helps to establish a lot of local design of bike facilities. The weather was nasty, but the interaction and tour made it all worth it.

We met with Shelley and Jason from Mobycon. They did a fantastic job of lining out their philosophy to planning and design of better bicycle infrastructure.

They took us out for a facilities and neighborhood tour and helped to explain the history of each neighborhood and the changes in transportation that each had made since WW2.

Our first stop was the train station, where they have built a facility that accommodates 7,500 bikes parking adjacent to the train entrance.

The put the bike parking so close to the entrances because they want to incentivize biking over other modes. And it appears to be working. There were very few empty parking stalls.

Mobycon explained that their approach to planning better multimodal networks was to plan them to be completely separate networks. Make bike networks direct and safe. Make car networks slightly less direct. And make pedestrian networks redundant.

Here is an example of new multimodal connections that filed a critical gap between neighborhoods.

At Gresham Smith, we are in the process of designing several woonerfs, which are streets specifically designed to put more vulnerable users in a better position against motor vehicular traffic. We had the privilege of visiting the first woonerf ever today in Delft.

This woonerf was started as a grassroots efforts by the neighborhood after they saw 4 crashes with motor vehicles in quick succession, so they took matters into their own hands and erected barriers to allow people to play, walk and bike through their neighborhood.

This is an example of a people street. The Dutch are using different patterns and little to no striping to force everyone to be mindful of the surroundings.

The rain kept coming, but the tour was too incredible to slow us down.

We finally popped back downtown and hit Delft.

This is another example of a people street where they are relying heavily on texture to calm traffic and designate zones.

Our host Shelley explains a little bit of the background for the people street.

After the day was done we walked over and took a tour of the original Dutch blue ceramics factory.

Dr. Mike led a discussion about the role of physical health and our systems to support it prior to dinner.

We saw some other great mechanisms for designating bike parking without impeding pedestrian flow.

And of course, we took about 100 more shots of the canals and then headed back to go to sleep!

Tomorrow we are visiting Rotterdam and Kinderdijk!

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