October 19, 2011
Connecting Bicycle and Rail Networks
Portland State University
Center for Transportation Studies
Fall 2011 Transportation Seminar Series
Speaker: Ronald Tamse (City of Utrecht, Netherlands)
Topic: Lessons from Utrecht: Connecting Bicycle and Rail Networks
When: Friday, October 21, 2011, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204
October 21, 2011 4:49 PM
Matt Conway Says:
A very interesting presentation. I thought it was interesting that Utrecht has put so much effort into improving bicycle parking at transit stops, a different approach than the one many US cities have taken, of trying to figure out how to bring more bikes onto the transit. I think his comments about seeing the bike as a tool have something to do with this: when people are less attached to their bicycles in a material way, they're more willing to leave them somewhere out of their view. (For those who missed the presentation, he said that in the Netherlands, the bicycle is just seen as a tool, not anything particularly "cool;" he compared it to a hammer. You have a hammer because it's useful, not because you are particularly attached to it.)
I wonder, if we were to increase the bike-to-transit commute mode share, would the demand for bike space on transit vehicles go up proportionally, or would it increase at a somewhat smaller rate as people less attached to their bikes began to bike to transit and leave their bikes at the station?
It's also important to note the large amount of cycle infrastructure in Utrecht; they have guarded bike storage at their main station, for €1.10. Until a lot more people bike in the U.S., that won't be practical.