Cycling and the City

Do you cycle in Cambridge? Have you wondered how drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians can all get along?

A bestseller in the Netherlands, Movement is an inspiring book by journalist Thalia Verkade and chair of Urban Mobility Futures at the University of Amsterdam, Marco te Brömmelstroet that asks radical questions about our dependence on cars, and challenges us to rethink our ideas about transport to put people at the centre of urban design.

Thalia and Marco will reflect on the success of Dutch cycling infrastructure, as well as its limitations, and consider what other countries are doing and could do to diversify how they use their streets and make them safer. Most importantly, they will map a way forward, offering tools for us to campaign for something different.

For more information, please visit the event website here.


We take it for granted that the streets outside out homes are designed for movement from A to B, nothing more. But what happens if we radically rethink how we use these public spaces? Could we change our lives for the better?

Our dependence on cars is damaging our health — and the planet’s. The Dutch seem to have the right idea, with thousands of bike highways, but even then, what happens to pedestrians or people who want to cycle at a more leisurely pace? What about children playing outside their homes? Or wildlife, which enriches our local areas? Why do we prioritise traffic above all else?


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