The Dutch are coming

Newcastle’s Banqueting Hall will “turn orange”, as Dutch officials will teach the region on the subject of designing transport inclusively for the bicycle at a conference chaired by Christian Wolmar on 5 November.

An excellent learning opportunity has been organised for city bosses: the ‘Love Cycling Go Dutch’ conference series is coming Newcastle. Cllr Nick Forbes has confirmed his attendance. The conference has been pulled together collaboratively, including a huge effort by many volunteers, by the Dutch Embassy, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University and Newcycling. Part of the conference is a highway design get-together between Dutch and local council engineers to discuss solutions to a real-life location. Drawing up bike-inclusive road design options through the night, the result will be presented by the ‘Dutch Cycling Embassy’ engineers at the conference the following day – amongst VIP speeches and interactive workshops.

4 Nov : Road design workshop
5 Nov : Love Cycling Go Dutch programme

Claire Prospert, secretary of Newcycling, and part of the conference organising team, says “We have so much to learn from the Dutch. They are the world experts in designing inclusively for the bicycle – so it will be absolutely fantastic welcome them to Newcastle even if just for a day. We very much hope that it will result in long-term collaboration and exchange so that the city and neighbouring authorities can continue to learn how to build cities fit for cycling.”

Katja Leyendecker, chairwoman of Newcycling, and conference panellist, says “We urge every city chief to grasp this rare opportunity and attend the ‘Love Cycling Go Dutch’ conference to see – with their own eyes – how it’s done. Delegates can learn, be inspired, and take part at the workshops and ask questions at the panel discussion. The offer is there to show real commitment to Newcastle’s stated ambition to become a Cycle City. It’s all arranged, they just need to turn up now.”

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