American city leaders learning bike design practices from the best

It's been pointed out (by Streetsfilm here and by others) that the Dutch actually had to work at getting the best bike infrastructure in the world, it wasn't in the genetics. (If that were true I would have seen a lot more Dutch farmers biking everywhere while growing up in rural Alberta.) This film looks at a recent trip to the Netherlands by American city leaders.

Recenty Streetfilms joined a group of city leaders from Chicago, Washington, DC and Miami on a study tour of the Netherlands, through the Bikes Belong Foundation's Bicycling Design Best Practices Program. The program shows American transportation professionals and policy makers real life examples of what it looks like to invest in cost-effective bicycle facilities. This video takes you on a tour of the incredibly well thought out street designs in the Netherlands. You'll see the infrastructure, hear from the experts on the ground, and watch the tour participants react and imagine how they might implement similar designs in American cities.

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Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the works department and bicycle expert he is (hah!), should go to the Netherlands and actually learn how it should be done.

There is a fascinating graph of traffic fatalities in the Netherlands displayed early in this video that shows a decline of greater that 80% between 1970 and 2010. Is there any other country in the world that can match this? This isn't just bike fatalities, its ALL traffic fatalities.

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