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Planning the Cycling City

Throughout this three-week summer programme, we will use Amsterdam as our living lab to examine the impacts of history, policy, infrastructure, planning, and culture within the context of urban cycling in the Netherlands. We also invite students to bring and share their personal views and experiences on cycling cities from around the world, sharing diverse perspectives, plans, and desires as we work together to plan cycling cities. As the world’s cycling capital, Amsterdam offers a premier environment for engaging with all of this.

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: On-campus (3 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 3 July - Thursday 21 July 2022
    Housing dates: Friday 1 July - Friday 22 July 2022
    Academic fees: €1650 read more about what is included in the fees.
    Housing fees: €600 and a €75 refundable deposit. Housing is optional. Read more about university-organised accomodation.
    Credits: 6 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.  
    Early admission deadline: Tuesday 1 February 2022. Applications are processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. 
    Regular admission deadline: Friday 1 April 2022
    Who is this programme for?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Students should be in good academic standing to participate in the summer school. For academics and professionals with a background related to urban planning. All participants must have completed their Bachelor's degree (minimum) and have experience working in a related field.
  • Programme description

    This course follows a flipped classroom approach in which Amsterdam is both a story board and a lab. Experience and experiential learning are key components of the course. Students are encouraged to independently explore and examine the city through the lens of the learning material; to get inspiration, to struggle with concepts or to “translate lessons" to their local context.

    The course includes intimate discussions with the absolute leaders in fields ranging from sociology to transport engineering, and including influential academics and practitioners. To develop a rich understanding of a cycling city students engage in fieldwork, excursions, small group discussions and course projects. Seminal and recent contributions to the relevant literature are discussed throughout the course.

    The programme will cover topics as diverse as urban cycling (historical and current trends), power relations in policy, strategic planning at different scales, land use, streams and wayfinding, bicycle culture and effects, data collection and measurement, and marketing as a policy instrument.

    Participants in this summer programme will also receive a bicycle included in their academic fees. These are true "Dutch bikes" and are simple and effective for commuting throughout Amsterdam, and for the adventurous, beyond on the Netherlands' enormous integrated network of bicyle paths, highways, and infrastructure. 

  • Academic team

    Dr. Meredith Glaser, Academic Director and Co-Academic Founder: is an urban strategy and transportation researcher and consultant, based in the Netherlands since 2010. At the Urban Cycling Institute of University of Amsterdam, her research focuses on policy innovation, knowledge transfer, and capacity building for accelerated implementation of sustainable transport goals. She manages the academic output for European projects (CYCLEWALK and HANDSHAKE) and is the current academic director for the summer program Planning the Cycling City. She is also one of the world’s most experienced educators for professionals seeking to learn Dutch transport planning policies and practices. She is originally from California and holds Masters degrees in urban planning and public health from UC Berkeley. 

    Dr. Ines Alveano, Academic Assistant: Currently completing a post-doc at the University of Amsterdam on road safety. She originally did a master’s in Applied Psychology but decided to pursue a career as an urban cyclist after volunteering to take kids to school by bike in Mexico. She lead and supervised community health care workshops at the public health institution for 10 years. After completing a master’s in Public Health, she became more aware of the link between urban design and public health. She continued to study this in her PhD in Policies, where she did a research stay at Harvard School of Public Health. She’s also worked on road safety for 4 years, which included carrying out data analysis and road audits.

    Prof. Dr. Marco te Brömmelstroet will give a number of lectures during this course.

  • Explore our community

    Want to get to know more about studying in Amsterdam? Follow us on social media and join our summer community. Get a feel for our summer school vibe and our academic and social community, and learn about studying with us through the eyes of past summer school students. 

    Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter

    Looking for an alumni perspective? Read this interview with Patrick Morgan, who attended Planning the Cycling in 2019. 

    You can also hear more about the history and culture of cycling in the Netherlands from our Academic Directors George and Marco on our podcast Mokum

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in July