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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 2 July - Friday 21 July 2023
    Housing dates: Friday 30 June - Monday 24 July 2023 

    Academic fees for students*:

     €1675 read more about what is included in the fees

    *You are considered a student if you are currently enrolled at a university. 

    Academic fees for professionals: €2000 read more about what is included in the fees
    Housing fees: €775 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: Wednesday 1 February 2023. Applications are processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. 
    Regular admission deadline: Wednesday 15 March
    Who is this programme for?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

    This programme is geared towards current university students with a background related to urban planning. There is a limited number of spots for professionals. All participants should have completed their Bachelor's degree (minimum), although exceptions can be made for final year bachelor students on a case-by-case basis. PhD students are also welcome to apply. 

    We expect professional applicants as well as students to complete all readings and assignments, as this is a necessity to keep up with the course content. This is an academic programme, thus the academic directors expect all participants, regardless of background, to maintain the same level of engagement with the course materials.

  • 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. 

    Prof. Dr. Marco te Brömmelstroet, Academic Director: 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