The Bikeable City

פורסם: 30 ביולי 2012, 6:08 על ידי: Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 30 ביולי 2012, 6:08 ]
May 2012

- a course in how to plan for cycle friendly cities

Call for expressions of interest

The Cycling Embassy of Denmark, CED is offering a cycle planning course, The Bikeable City, in how to plan for cycle friendly cities.

Many cities round the world want to develop their traffic culture with a view to more sustainable mobility. We are seeing public transport systems developing along these lines in many cities throughout the world. Along with this, there is a wish to develop a cycle culture in order to increase the mobility of the citizens and to reduce private car traffic in the cities.

The aim of the course is to contribute to the development of liveable and bikeable cities throughout the world. Development of a cycle culture is an important part of sustainable mobility. The objective is to increase cycling by creating a safe environment for cyclists, which will also contribute to urban life, to a liveable urban environment and to the health of the citizens. Moreover, a bikeable city will contribute to important Millennium Development Goals in reducing poverty, developing democracy and increasing both gender equality and growth through increased mobility.

Overall objective:

  • To develop liveable and bikeable cities
  • To support cycling-friendly policy development.
  • To increase cycling as a mean of sustainable mobility
  • To develop a cycle culture which contributes to urban life, and urban environment and health
  • To strengthen the advocacy for cycling in civil society
  • To support development goals in cities such as: poverty reduction, democracy, gender equality, growth through increased mobility, affordable transport
  • To create a safe environment for cyclists.


The target groups are professionals from Danida collaborating countries working in Danida projects such as city administrations, local authority politicians, urban planners and designers and cycle advocacy groups in civil society. Possible participating countries could be: Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. NGOs working in Danida projects, in other than Danida collaborating countries, supported by Danida Project Advice and Training Centre, Patc can also participate.

The course can be organized as an annual course in the DFC program as well as an individual course on demand for example designed specially for a team from a particularly city. A Cycle planning course can also be offered as a component in other DFC courses, for example about transport and environment, or as integrated in study tours. The course can also be offered to other donors according to recommendation from The Danish Embassies.

The Bikeable city course will be carried out by three main partners of the CED: The Danish Cyclists’ Federation, the Traffic Department of The Municipality of Copenhagen and Gehl Architects together with possible other relevant partners. The lead partner will be The Danish Cyclists’ Federation, which will be responsible for organizing and coordinating the courses.

The DFC supported courses will be of minimum 10-14 days. The Bikeable City course consists of in-class learning and workshops about certain themes (see possible modules below), site visits to good practice examples of cycling infrastructure and possible participating in cycle advocacy activities. These different activities will be tailored to the needs of the participants and could possibly include time for project development. The instructors and project supervisors will be partners in CED and possibly academic staff from Universities and schools of Architecture.

Possible modules of the course could be:
• Cycling as an integrated part of cities for people
• Strategies for a cycling friendly city
• The cyclist – behavior and needs
• Cycling in traffic planning
• Security and cycling
• Implementing cycling infrastructure
• Public participation in cycle planning
• Building a cycling culture, life stile – ‘cycling as the future’
• Campaigns and events for promoting cycling
• Development of cycling advocate groups in civil society
• Cycling and tourism
• Health and cycling
• Innovative urban furniture for cycling
• Socio-economic benefits of cycling
• Development potentials in cycling culture and facilities for cyclists
• Encouraging children to bike

The benefit of a cycle planning course (for the participants) will be theoretical and practical skills in planning for cycle friendly cities, experiences in cycling advocacy activities and awareness of development potentials in creating bikeable cities.


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