Transport for London and Dutch infrastructure experts join forces for street design workshop

On Wednesday 17 October 2012, street designers from Transport for London and local councils will work together with Dutch experts, as well as cycling and walking campaigners, to look at how an important central London location could be redesigned to Go Dutch standards.

The workshop – organised by ourselves and the Dutch Embassy, and facilitated by experts from the Dutch Cycling Embassy – will seek consensus for a cycling and walking-friendly solution to Lambeth Bridge and its southern approach.

The results of the all-day workshop will be presented at the much-anticipated Love London, Go Dutch conference on Thursday 18 October at the Church House Conference Centre in Westminster, where Transport Minister Norman Baker, TfL director Ben Plowden and LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha will also speak.

The first Love London, Go Dutch conference is generously sponsored by Royal HaskoningDHV, bringing together prestigious experts from the UK and the Netherlands to examine at how Dutch cycling design principles can best be adapted to the UK.

Ashok Sinha said, “We’re delighted Transport for London has accepted our invitation to take part in this Go Dutch workshop, and we’re looking forward to the expert contribution they will make to an important  and in-depth discussion of how to make this London location safe and inviting for everyone.

“We think this is the first time British and Dutch engineers have come together in this way to propose joint cycling and walking solutions for a problem location in the capital.”


What happens at the workshop?


On the day, the workshop starts with a site visit during which participants walk and cycle through the chosen location in morning rush-hour traffic to understand the problems and needs of all road users.

Using available motor and cycle traffic data supplied by Transport for London, participants then spend the rest of the day coming to a view as to how successful Dutch solutions – using cycle tracks, junctions and roundabouts – might best translate to this location.

London Cycling Campaign staff, along with volunteers from our Westminster and Lambeth groups, and representatives from Living Streets (representing people on foot) will take part.

The Dutch Cycling Embassy decides which of its engineers and traffic experts should host the workshop by visiting the location several weeks in advance.

What is the Dutch Cycling Embassy?

The Dutch Cycling Embassy, headquartered in the city of Utrecht, is an organisation dedicated to sharing expertise on cycling from the Netherlands – widely acknowledged as the world’s most successful cycling nation – with the rest of the world.

Director Roelof Wittink was one of the global experts on cycling chosen to present to the Greater London Assembly during its Scrutiny on Cycling in September 2012.

Our campaigns team met with representatives from the Dutch Cycling Embassy during our pre-Go Dutch study tour in 2012, along with experts from the CROW cycling design standards agency and the Dutch Cyclists Union during a trip that visited Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht.