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Blog Post #7: Transit and The Netherlands

After spending 7 days in the Netherlands, it has become very clear how integral the transit system has become to the functionality of the whole country. This includes large and fast intercity trains to get across the country, localized regional trains and trams to get between districts, and metro systems in large cities to get across the dense districts. Investment in the train system has allowed for a decrease in automobile use at all levels across the country.

 

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BP #7: Public Transit in the Netherlands

By Laura Kelly

3-22-19

Dutch Public Transit

Through the past few days we have seen multiple different ways to get around town and travel from city to city. The first few days we traveled primarily by trains that connect city to city. Then, the tram, most similar to the streetcar, was introduced to us. In Amsterdam, we used the Metro and the tram to move from location to location in our self-guided transit tour. Each transition was fairly seamless,...

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Blog Post 7: Bikes + Transit = Sustainable Transportation

How do the Dutch integrate transit & bikes? How easy is it to park your bike & board a train?  What design elements influence the transition? Can bikes be brought on board? How do the Dutch measure transit performance?  How have they made transit reliable and responsive?

 

In Dutch cities, bike infrastructure is incorporated into transit planning. Cycling is seen as a connector between public transportation networks and therefore must be integrated into transit infrastructure. The foremost example...

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BP#7: Transit & Bike Integration

Convenient Integration of Bikes on Transit

The Dutch quite often integrate bikes on transit. Most trains have designated cars for people traveling with bicycles, however it is more common to park bikes before boarding trains. There are several “Bike-and-Ride” locations at train stations to incentivize people commuting longer distances to bike part of the route and take the train instead of driving by car. To support this, there are rideshare programs located in bike parking facilities for people who travel further distances after taking the train. Cycle...

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Integrating Transit & Bicycles

In a major city like Amsterdam, where people are rushing around to various destinations, it is crucial for the Dutch to integrate their public transportation system with their bicycle network. Public transportation, like trains, trams, and buses, allow people to travel long distances that would be difficult on a bicycle. At the same time, a safe and easy bicycle network complements these PT systems by providing more efficient travel for the “last mile” of their trips. Even though Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands with the most tourism, it is not the only one to...

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BP 7: Integrated systems

Transportation is about getting people from point to point in an efficient and comfortable manner. While there are several different travel modes that can achieve those objectives, the integration of modes into a cohesive and connected system maximally enhances the traveling experience for the user. The Dutch, in addition to their impressive transit network and bike infrastructure, take pride in making it seamless to transition from bike to transit and vice versa. Through the prevalent availability of bike parking at transit stations, the ability to carry on bikes to subways, trams and...

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Post #7: Transit & Bike Integration

TRANSIT & BIKING!

Planning & Culture. Nearly all of the extremely good transit-to-bike (and vice versa) integration as well as the exceptional alternatives to car transportation can be attributed to Dutch planning and culture—where the first is even resultant of the latter. The culture of the Dutch tends to push towards a collective good, sustainability, and a high quality of life—regardless of the spacial limitations of such a small country. Therefore, it is only right for their planning dogma to reflect...

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