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1 Canada s Capital Region Delegation to the Velo-City Global 2010 Conference Report of Findings from Visits, Meetings & Presentations In Amsterdam-Den Haag, Utrecht, Berlin & Copenhagen

2 The Itinerary Copenhagen Amsterdam Berlin Den Haag Utrecht

3 Outline Why did we make this visit? What did we see and hear? What did we learn?

4 Why did we make this visit?

5 The Objective of this Visit To learn from the experience of cities in three European countries that have made a significant transition toward cycling as a favoured transportation mode. (Netherlands, Germany, Denmark)

6 Velo-City Global 2010 Conference Participated at the Velo-City Global 2010 conference in Copenhagen, June 22-25, 2010 More than 1100 delegates (First edition, held in Bremen, Germany, attracted 300 participants, in 1990) Delegates from 60 countries this year Ottawa-Gatineau: thirteen delegates in Copenhagen 31 Canadian delegates

7 Copenhagen Velo-City Global Conference (Building)

8 What did we see and hear?

9 Combining Cycling and Public Transport

10 40 35 Population and Cycling Modal Share 33% 36% % 17% , , ,000 10% Amsterdam Den haag Utrecht Berlin Copenhagen Ottawa- Gatineau 3,400, ,000 2% 1,200,000

11 Amsterdam

12 Amsterdam Cycling Capital

13 Amsterdam Road Safety and Bicycle Infrastructure Bicycle lanes separated from other traffic

14 Amsterdam Bicycle Parking

15 Amsterdam Bicycle Parking

16 Amsterdam Bicycle Parking

17 Amsterdam Cycling in the City

18 Den Haag

19 Den Haag Cycling Goals Currently: 17% of all trips is by bike (28% for trips under 7.5 km) Goals: 2020 : 30%; 2030 : 50% Action Plan : Provide better routes Provide better bike parking Combine with public transit Promote benefits (healthy lifestyle)

20 Den Haag Bicycle Network

21 Den Haag Star Routes

22 Den Haag Bicycle Path

23 Den Haag Bicycle Parking at School

24 Den Haag Bicycle Parking

25 Den Haag Bicycle Path on a Pedestrian Mall

26 Utrecht

27 Utrecht Cycling in the City

28 Utrecht Cycling in the City

29 Utrecht Cargo Bike

30 Berlin

31 Berlin Cycling Strategy Expanding cycling network 12 bicycle routes from the center to the suburbs 8 circular routes Bicycle paths/lanes/shared bus lanes / non-exclusive bicycle lanes/ bicycle priority streets Creation of traffic calmed zones that favour the bicycle Four supra regional long distance routes pass through Berlin

32 Berlin Bicycle Path to Potsdamer Platz

33 Copenhagen

34 Copenhagen Bicycle Network

35 Copenhagen Measures to Increase the Use of Bicycles Planning for cyclists Road safety Link bicycles and public transit Promotion Training Bike sharing Bicycle parking Bicycle paths maintenance

36 Copenhagen and Amsterdam Modal Share 33% 36% 23% 7% 1% 2008 Gehl 2006 City of Amsterdam

37 Copenhagen and Amsterdam Bicycle Path Profiles Copenhagen Amsterdam Network Dominant characteristic of bicycle paths Path widths Intersections Recreational paths 340 km (existing) 400km (ultimate) Raised bicycle path adjacent to car lanes 2.0 m to 2.5 m ( 3 m promoted on busiest routes) Blue intersection markings (bicycle path turn into bicycle lane still working at minimizing bicycle/car conflicts) 22 green routes planned (41 km of 110 km networks completed) 400km (existing) 450km (ultimate) Separate bicycle paths 1.8m to 2.0m ( 2.5 m seen as optimal) Priority accorded to cyclists at intersections n/a

38 Copenhagen Bicycle Path

39 Copenhagen Bicycle Path Adjacent to the Palace

40 Copenhagen Winter Cycling

41 Copenhagen Cargo Bike

42 Copenhagen Green Route

43 Copenhagen Cycling Bridge

44 Copenhagen Cycling Counter

45 Copenhagen Bicycle Parking

46 Copenhagen Cyclist Support

47 Copenhagen Cycling in the City

48 Copenhagen Cycling in the City

49 What did we Learn?

50 Answers to Our Questions Strengths for a transition towards cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation Cycling tradition High level of bicycle ownership Multi-purpose use of bicycles Mixed uses across the city Barriers Safety and security concerns Lack of a common vision for the region Lack of investments Lack of technical knowledge

51 Answers to Our Questions Actions to make cycling more attractive Priority corridors Multi-modal approach Bicycle parking Public education

52 Advantages and Benefits of Cycling for Individuals Fast Easy Economical Healthy Environmentally responsible

53 Advantages and Benefits of Cycling for Society It improves quality of life It contributes to making the city more accessible It requires far less investment than either motor vehicles or public transit It is an efficient use of public space It is a local solution for congestion and pollution problems that all cities face

54 Advantages and Benefits of Cycling Health Benefits of Riding a Bicycle 30 minutes per day There is an increase in life-expectancy of more than 5 years There is an expectation of more years without major health problems There is an expectation of a better quality of life and improved overall health

55 Other Benefits of Delegation s Visit Establishment of a shared bicycle vision Raises the possibility of networking and partnerships opportunities Allows for the positioning of Canada s Capital Region as a cycling destination The delegation witnessed the potential of various cycling approaches

56 Canada s Capital Region (CCR) Cycling Action Plan Integrated cycling map Ottawa/Gatineau/NCC cycling work group CCR Bike sharing program Sustainable Mobility Summit of November 2010 Coordination Commuter Challenge 2011 Ongoing implementation of cycling network, including pilot projects Gehl Architects cycling vision

57 Thank You

58 Questions?

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