Friday, November 19, 2010

Dutch share their biking secrets

Three planning and transportation experts from the Netherlands conducted a daylong seminar in Miami yesterday to share some of their secrets for making bicycling a daily part of life.  In the visit set up by Dutch Consul Arend Gouw, the three men showed how their country reversed a post-World War II trend toward heavy use of private cars for for every kind of daily going and coming.  Their slide show and discussion made a persuasive case that despite South Florida's car-centered planning and public assumptions, walking and bicycling can be increased to make our cities and neighborhoods healthier and more livable.  Thanks very much to our new Dutch friends.  It is truly a neighborly thing they are doing.

Exploring Miami city by Bicycle

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One of the visitors, Herbert Tiemens, prepared this slide show of the afternoon tour with Miami bike coordinator Collin Worth and other counterparts and bike advocates.  See whose faces you recognize.  There's also a good account by Kathryn Moore on the blog of the South Florida Bike Coalition.

1 comment:

Peter said...

Herbert is a talented photographer! These photos show a lot of the joys and pains of bicycling Miami.