Think Bike Workshop – Love Cycling Go Dutch

Invite-only event – Dutch and local council engineers will discuss different approaches to bike infrastructure design and planning. This workshop is part of Love Cycling Go Dutch.

How can Dutch principles for bicycle-inclusive road planning be used for a Newcastle traffic situation? That is the objective of the Think Bike workshop. In Newcastle the bicycle connection from Town Moor to the city centre will be investigated, with a focus on the viaduct over motorway A167 and the roundabout of Claremont Road and the slipways of the motorway. Location on googlemap

08.30 Observation of rush hour at the roundabout of Claremont Road and A167 (optional)


09.00 Arrival at venue, tea coffee


09.15 Welcome


09.20 Introduction of the Dutch team and the participants

Dutch team will consist of Bas Govers and Marjolein de Lange

09.30-10.30 Presentations of the Dutch team, covering the following topics:

• Past, present and future of cycling in the Netherlands
• Basic ergonomics of cycling and the consequences for design for cyclists
• Three levels of planning: the network level, the level of routes within the network and the lever of locations on routes
• Road safety

10.30 Coffee/tea break


11.00 Site visit

Investigating the problems that cyclists (and pedestrians) are facing at this location.

12.15 Introduction of the group assignments

Applying Dutch design principles for bicycle-inclusive planning on the Newcastle location.
1.The road stretch on the viaduct, incl. intersection with northern sliproads, Investigating and sketching on a design for the road stretch on the viaduct.
2.The roundabout, Investigating and sketching solutions for the intersection.

12.30 Lunch break


13.00 Working on group assignments, with assistance of the Dutch team


14.30 Tea and coffee (break)


15.00 Teams prepare for presentation for Love Cycling Go Dutch