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Houten

By Jordan Hunt, 11 June 2017
The city of Houten is an anomaly even by Dutch standards. The major differentiator between Houten and other cities is that Houten started from scratch and developed a city fully focused around cycling. They never had to retrofit or redesign corridors in order to accommodate cyclists. Because Houten expanded from a very small town, they had the opportunity to create a safe, high functioning transportation network that encouraged cycling and train travel and restricted vehicle mobility. 
The mindset taken by the developers during the design of...

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Houten

By April Gadsby

Houten is a city built around slow moving traffic. It was required to grow 2 times. The first time, they built a new city center around the train station and a ring road for the vehicles, but the city center was only accessible by foot or bike.The second extended the ring road, but did not have any housing until the train station was built so people wouldn't be used to traveling by car. They very much prioritized reducing noise and air pollution. It felt very safe and like the perfect place to raise a family. The guy leading us was clearly passionate about...

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Houten

Houten approached their city design in an unique way. When the city was expanding, ring roads were built around the city center enclosing the city. The goal was to ensure the use of bike and transit rather than car. Access roads were built within the city, but neighborhoods were cut off from one another. To travel to neighborhood to neighborhood the easiest way is by bike. Otherwise you must take the ring road out and drive around to the access road rather than cutting across the city. 

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Pre-trip readings: Learning from a distance

By Anna Nord. June 2, 2017

If the United States wants to get more people biking, we need to embrace the Dutch philosophy and build separated facilities for bicycles. 

Prior to embarking on our bike adventure in the Netherlands, we read several books and articles that compared the cycling in Europe to other counties across the world. The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, and the Scandinavian countries embrace the philosophy that the safest and most efficient transportation system is one where bikes...

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First Thoughts

By Jordan Hunt, 6 June 2017

After spending the past few days cycling around Delft and Rotterdam, I’ve come to a better understanding of the vastness of the differences between cycling in the Netherlands and cycling in the States. Everything from the perception of cycling to the bicycles themselves are very different. The first thing that struck me was the sense of security I had while cycling. When cycling in Atlanta, I do not really feel unsafe per say, but I often feel fairly tense, especially when cycling in heavy traffic and narrow streets. This sense of security...

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First Impressions -- I LOVE IT HERE!!

The cycling in The Netherlands has been pretty nice for the most part.  I find myself keeping up with the group and not getting as physically exhausted as I would biking around Atlanta.  It is also really nice that the bike lanes are away from the cars so it all feels a lot safer.  One of my biggest concerns with biking around the city of Atlanta is being an inconvenience to cars and riding too slow for traffic since I am a newbie, but here I don’t have that concern at all.  Even in the bike lane, if I am going too slow or slower than one of the residents they...

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Sorry for the Delay Blogs 2,3

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As a novice bike rider, I have never ridden a bike around a metropolitan city before.  I’ve only used multi-use trails such as the silver comet trail, or going around the Rose Bowl in California.  This first day experience was very uncomfortable for me the entire time because I am not as comfortable riding a bike in traffic as the others in this class.  The ride allowed me to try different riding facilities around Atlanta, I was definitely most comfortable along the Beltline because it was secluded and the landscape was flat.  I was...

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