Study Tour
Transport innovation
in the Netherlands

We have developed a study tour for Australian transport and land use planners to immerse themselves in Dutch transport innovation.

This curated week of field trips and engaging lectures with leaders in Dutch transport and land use planning showcases the successes (and occasional failures) that have made the Netherlands a hotbed of transport innovation.

This is not a bicycle planning study tour

This study tour will look at the transport and land use system as a whole, with a focus on lessons that can be translated into the Australian context, across all modes. Whilst it is impossible to ignore cycling in the Netherlands, this study tour takes a broader view, encompassing the full set of transport options in the Netherlands.

 

3 Highlights

  1. Take a tour through recent streetscape enhancement projects on key Amsterdam streets – led by their head designer. Hear how these projects have improved active and public transport, as well as retail vitality.

  2. Visit the HQ of one of the world’s most innovative rail operators. Learn about network development, innovations for optimising the user experience, managing peak demand, the future of ticketing pricing and technology.

  3. Sustainable transport integration in Greenfield sites – take a bike tour through innovative new suburbs.

Topics

Dutch planning history, policy and practice

Understand the factors that have played a pivotal role over the centuries to form the transport and land use practices evident in Dutch cities today.

Transport and land use integration

Gain insights into how the planning system works to encourage mixed use development, integrated with multi-modal transport options.

Motorway demand management

Learn how the Dutch manage the densest network of motorways in Europe, and what challenges and opportunities they are preparing for to manage demand and lessons for Australian cities

The future of paying for car use

Examining options for using price signals in car parking and roadway use ($/km) to achieve strategic transport outcomes, and wider city objectives.

Bicycle network design principles and practice

Learn from leading Dutch experts in bicycle planning to discover the elements that help make the Netherlands the bicycle capital of the world.

Electric vehicles

Showcasing Dutch policies and practice for boosting adoption of plug in electric vehicles and implications for Australian cities.

Innovations in car park policy

Understand how the Dutch have used parking policy as part of a wider objective to enhance the productivity and vibrancy of their cities and towns.

Public transport in the Netherlands

Learn from Dutch railway operators on enhancing the user experience, managing peak loading challenges and Dutch plans for enhancing the rail experience in the future.

Innovations in shopping street design

Practitioner led tours of Dutch streets that have benefited from dramatic re-designs to maximise productivity, vibrancy, safety and sustainability.

Re-thinking the residential street

Re-imagine the function and design of the residential street through expert led walk throughs of some great examples of innovative residential streets that balance accessibility with liveability.

Innovations in shared mobility

The Dutch have been leaders in shared transport well before it became a hot topic. Gain insights into the latest trends in shared mobility and the implications for the future of travel.

Integration of cycling and public transport

Up to 70% of train journeys in the Netherlands start with a bike trip. Learn from the undisputed leaders in integrating cycling with public transport.

Policy failure

Not all Dutch transport initiatives go to plan. Learn from experts on what has not worked, and why, in order to avoid future mistakes.

Speakers

Professor Bert van Wee

Professor Bert van Wee

Delft University of Technology

Bert van Wee is Professor of Transport Policy and is well known in the Netherlands as one of the most respected authorities on transport and land use planning. He regularly advises Ministers and local government politicians on transport issues and it is his depth of knowledge in Dutch transport planning that makes Bert such an important speaker for this study tour.

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Bert van Wee is Professor of Transport Policy and is well known in the Netherlands as one of the most respected authorities on transport and land use planning.

He regularly advises Ministers and local government politicians on transport issues and it is his depth of knowledge in Dutch transport innovation and best practice that make Professor van Wee an indispensable component to this Study Tour. Importantly, his international experience, including in Australia, allows him to provide context specific insights that will be highly valuable for this study tour.

Ruwan Aluvihare

Ruwan Aluvihare

Landscape Architect, City of Amsterdam

Ruwan is one of the leading urban landscape architects in the Netherlands. As the Chief Urban Designer/Landscape Architect for the City of Amsterdam, Ruwan has been instrumental in the redevelopment of landmark streets in Amsterdam.
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Ruwan is one of the leading urban landscape architects in the. As the Chief Urban Designer/Landscape Architect for the City of Amsterdam, Ruwan has been instrumental in the redevelopment of landmark streets in Amsterdam. His attention to detail and focus on increasing the vibrancy and efficiency of key streets has resulted in major public realm benefits that help to increase Amsterdam’s liveability.

Ruwan will guide the study tour delegates through some of his recent projects, to gain a first-hand account of the complexities, trade-offs and benefits from major changes to urban transport corridors.

Erik Verroen

Erik Verroen

Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Erik Verroen is the Principal Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Water (Rijkswaterstaat) working on network development and transport modelling. He operates as a strategy advisor and knowledge manager, focusing on the present and future needs of the Dutch transport system (passenger and freight)
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Erik Verroen is the Principal Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Water (Rijkswaterstaat) working on network development and transport modelling. He operates as a strategy advisor and knowledge manager, focusing on the present and future needs of the Dutch transport system (passenger and freight).

Part of Erik’s role requires an alignment of wider national goals (productivity, congestion, safety, environmental performance) with transport investment decision. He is strongly involved in the development and use of transport models for multimodal passenger and freight transport supporting national policy development and the extension and management of the national networks.

Erik joined Rijkswaterstaat in 2014. Before that he worked as a researcher, consultant and manager at Twynstra Gudde consultancy and at the research institute of TNO (the Dutch equivalent of CSIRO). He worked for many different public clients both in the Netherlands and abroad. His work can be characterized by connecting the worlds of transport research, policy development and political decision making, taken into account the management and governance needed for the decision making process.

Professor Erik Verhoef

Professor Erik Verhoef

Free University of Amsterdam

Erik Verhoef is a full professor in Spatial Economics at VU Amsterdam, and a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. Currently Head of Department of Spatial Economics, Erik’s research focuses on how pricing signals can be used to encourage more efficient and equitable behaviour in cities.
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Erik Verhoef is a full professor in Spatial Economics at VU Amsterdam, and a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. Currently Head of Department of Spatial Economics, Erik’s research focuses on how pricing signals can be used to encourage more efficient and equitable behaviour in cities.

Road user pricing and better methods of regulating demand for car parking are two of Erik’s areas of special interest. Erik’s work has placed him in the top 4% of economists globally, and his work on road user pricing provides governments with practical methods of regulating demand for road space.

Dr Elliot Fishman

Dr Elliot Fishman

Director, Transport Innovation, Institute for Sensible Transport

Dr Fishman is a widely recognised authority on strategic transport innovation in Australia. He has advised the Prime Minister’s Office on sustainable mobility policy, the NYC Department of Transportation and Transport for London.
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Dr Fishman is a widely recognised authority on strategic transport innovation in Australia. He has advised the Prime Minister’s Office on sustainable mobility policy, the NYC Department of Transportation and Transport for London.; He has a long standing connection with the Netherlands, and has previously worked at Utrecht University and maintains strong connections with leading Dutch transport practitioners.

His research measuring the health and economic benefits of Dutch cycling has appeared on the front page Dutch newspapers and peer reviewed journals. In 2016 Dr Fishman completed two landmark reports for the City of Melbourne and City of Adelaide on disruptive transport technology and the implications for local government. Dr Fishman has written for The Age, the Herald Sun and other major daily newspapers on transport issues. His work has been among the most read and cited articles in peer reviewed transport journals. In 2015 is was lecturer in Integrated Transport Planning at RMIT University. In 2016 he led the bike share feasibility studies for Perth, Adelaide and Sydney and prepared several Integrated Transport Strategies for local governments.

Herbert Tiemens

Herbert Tiemens

Province of Utrecht Transport Planner and Dutch Cycling Embassy

Herbert has worked has almost two decades of experience as an urban planner across different levels of Dutch government, with a particular focus on sustainable mobility. He has led many international delegations.
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Herbert has worked almost two decades of experience working as an urban planner across different levels of Dutch government, with a particular focus on sustainable mobility.
In recent years, Herbert has led a large number of foreign delegations interested in better understanding Dutch planning principles and the implementation of improvements to the street network. Throughout his work, Herbert has been able to align short term improvements with wider, longer term strategic goals.

Herbert works for the Province of Utrecht as policy advisor. Moreover, he is a member of the advisory board of Fietsberaad, the Dutch knowledge centre of cycle expertise. His specialties are integrated spatial plan development and street design. Herbert likes creating bicycle-friendly infrastructure especially in the field of combining public transport and cycling. Being a regular speaker at conferences at home and abroad, Herbert’s presentations are vivid, engaging and tailored to the context of the delegates’ home country.

Hillie Talens

Hillie Talens

CROW (technical advisor to local governments on transport)

Hillie Talens is a leading transport engineer with over 30 years of experience in both public and private sector. Ms Talens career has focused on improving the role of the bicycle in the transport system, parking policies and the optimization of the use of parking facilities
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Hillie Talens is a leading transport engineer with over 30 years of experience in both public and private sector. Ms Talens career has focused on improving the role of the bicycle in the transport system, parking policies and the optimization of the use of parking facilities, sustainable safety and the quality of public spaces, the effects and optimization of traffic control lights in the local road network. She is specialist in legal aspects of transportation planning and design subjects such as cycling and parking.

She is one of the leading specialists in Dutch street design, parking and bicycle network planning.
Hillie Talen has created some of the most authoritative, globally recognised handbooks on transport system/network design guidelines, including:
• Handbook on Traffic Calming and Street Design. Hillie has written the best selling handbook on how to create safe, vibrant streets through the use of traffic calming and improved street design.
• Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic. The Manual, developed by Hillie Talens, is the most consulted handbook on bicycle facilities and policies in the world.
• Design Manual for Bicycle Parking. This handbook provides detailed policy and design specifications for high quality bicycle parking.

In addition to the above handbooks, Hillie Talens leads a project on creating successful shared spaces in cities, and sustainable safety.
She has led a large number of study tours for international delegations visiting the Netherlands to learn about transport innovation and street design.

Dr Marco te Brommelstroet

Dr Marco te Brommelstroet

University of Amsterdam

Marco is Associate Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam. He is the founding academic director of the Urban Cycling Institute. He has set up numerous teaching and research projects around the relations between cycling and the way our cities and societies are shaped.
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Marco is Associate Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam. He is the founding academic director of the Urban Cycling Institute. He has set up numerous teaching and research projects around the relations between cycling and the way our cities and societies are shaped. He teaches land use, urban form and mobility behaviour.

Marco also plays an active role in the international public debate around issues of mobility (see @fietsprofessor) and curated and supervised many delegations. In 2016 he visited Perth and Sydney to supervise workshops and give keynotes on these topics.

Meredith Glaser

Meredith Glaser

University of Amsterdam

Meredith Glaser is an urban planner and mobility expert, based in the Netherlands since 2010.
Ms. Glaser has hosted many international professional delegations focused on understanding how the Dutch plan and implement their urban policies, especially transport.

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Meredith Glaser is an urban planner and mobility expert, based in the Netherlands since 2010.
Ms. Glaser has hosted many international professional delegations focused on understanding how the Dutch plan and implement their urban policies, especially transport.

She specialises in analysing urban processes, strategies, and design perspectives that prioritise people and their communities. She currently researches how urban mobility policies and practices are learned and transferred from one context to another, as part of her PhD.

Mark Wagenbuur

Mark Wagenbuur

Dutch transport commentator

Mark Wagenbuur is recognised as one of the most insightful commentators on Dutch transport innovation, with a particular interest in how streets can be adapted to encourage sustainable transport use.

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Mark Wagenbuur has recognised as one of the most insightful commentators on Dutch transport innovation, with a particular interest in how streets can be adapted to encourage sustainable transport use.

Mark was appointed “Dutch Cycling Ambassador” in September 2016. He is one of the cycling experts in the pool of the Dutch Cycling Embassy, an organisation that shares expertise and technology of the world’s number one cycling country to facilitate cycling worldwide as the most, efficient and sustainable method of transport.

Mark will provide a guided tour of how streets in Utrecht have been transformed over four decades, with an emphasis on Complete Streets, network design, Safe Systems and general Dutch traffic principles. Mark will describe how changes in street design didn’t ‘just happen’ but were the result of decisive action by successive governments.

Koen van Waes

Koen van Waes

Senior Sustainable Mobility Specialist, City of Tilburg

Koen brings substantial experience in sustainable mobility and transport integration at the local government level. He is experienced in traffic management, car parking policy, public transport and bicycle planning.
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Koen brings substantial experience in sustainable mobility and transport integration at the local government level. He is experience in traffic management, car parking policy, public transport and bicycle planning.

Koen was educated as traffic engineer at the NHTV Breda and as a City Planner (Utrecht University). Koen has worked for a consultancy agency (BRO), the Eindhoven Region (Brainport) and the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He has experience in a wide range within the mobility field (policy): ITS, Traffic Management, Parking, Cycling, Public Transport etc.

Since October 2015 Koen started as an Urban Mobility planner at the city of Tilburg. He is the Project & Process Manager op the Mobility Road Map Tilburg 2040(Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan), which was adopted in December 2016.

Who is this for?

This study tour has been developed for professionals interested in learning how Australian cities can be made to work better.

Those with any of the following job titles are especially suitable candidates to attend this study tour:

  • Transport planners
  • Place makers
  • Councillors
  • Road safety officers
  • Urban and transport researchers
  • Ministers and their advisors
  • Infrastructure managers

 

Professionals whose role also include one or more of the following will also benefit from this study tour:

  • Transport network design
  • Motorway development and management
  • Integrating urban redevelopment and large scale transport infrastructure
  • Urban revitalisation and place making
  • Strategic transport policy development
  • Safe System approach to transport planning
  • Local area traffic management, traffic calming and residential street traffic management
  • Car parking policy, pricing and reform
  • Bicycle planning

Program

Sunday 24th June

Welcome boat tour and dinner

  • Welcome, Mary K Hotel, Utrecht
  • Utrecht Canal Boat Tour with guest speaker discussing the history of Dutch planning
  • Welcome dinner at Goestings Restaurant, Utrecht

Monday, 25th June

Introduction to study tour and Dutch planning

  • Getting the most out of a Dutch transport study tour, Mary K Hotel. Led by Meredith Glaser
  • Short bike tour of central Utrecht.
  • Dutch Planning: An Overview of Principles and Practice, Professor Bert van Wee
  • Innovations in new residential developments: A Case Study in greenfield development.

Tuesday, 26th June

Motorways, pricing innovations and the Hovenring, Eindhoven

  • Short walking tour of Utrecht’s medieval town centre, inspecting newly pedestrianised areas and best practice example of bicycle end of trip facility. Led by Herbert Tiemens
  • Dutch motorway strategy and demand management. Led by Erik Verroen
  • Pricing innovations to achieve strategic city objectives. Led by Professor Erik Verhoef
  • Panel discussion: Erik Verroen, Erik Veroef, Bert van Wee
  • Field trip to Eindhoven to inspect the Hovenring, the world’s most spectacular example of bicycle infrastructure

Wednesday, 27th June

Electric vehicle charging, train system strategy and user experience optimisation, innovation in street design

  • Field trip: On street electric vehicle charging facility tour and explanation of government policy to increase adoption of plug in electric vehicles.
  • Dutch Railways: Visit the HQ of one of the world’s most innovative rail operators. Learn about Network development, innovations for optimising the user experience, managing peak demand, the future of ticketing pricing and technology, and the world’s only national bike share system.
  • Field trip: Dutch street innovation: Learn how the Dutch view their streets as constantly evolving projects to enhance safety, productivity and vitality. Great before and after illustrations to appreciate the impact that great placemaking can have on the character of a city. Led by Herbert Tiemens and Hillie Talens.

Thursday, 28th June

Amsterdam: Best practice examples of innovative street re-design

  • Tour the world’s largest bicycle parking facility (Utrecht Centraal Station), led by Herbert Tiemens.
  • Field trip: Amsterdam. Topics include:
    • Best practice intersection design
    • Corridor re-development project
    • Complete Streets
    • Re-allocation of road space
    • Tram prioritisation projects

    Several experts will guide you through some of the leading examples of place making and sustainable mobility prioritisation projects. Led by three noted experts: Ruwan Aluvihare, Landscape architect at the City of Amsterdam, Marco te Brommelstroet, from the University of Amsterdam and Meredith Glaser, an expert in helping international delegations get the most out of their study tours.

  • Reflections on transferability of Dutch transport innovation into the US/Australian city, led by Meredith Glaser

Friday, 29th June

Field trip: Implementation of the principles of the Safe Systems approach

  • Field trip: Utrecht. Applying the principles of sustainable safety, road network design and Dutch traffic planning principles. This expert led bike tour will showcase examples that have made the Netherlands a leader in sustainable mobility, safety and liveability. Led by Mark Wagenbuur, Hillie Talens and Herbert Tiemens
  • Sustainable mobility planning in the new City. Expert led tour of Houten (a post WWII town), including public transport and cycling infrastructure prioritisation projects. Led by Herbert Tiemens.
  • Translating the findings of a Dutch study tour into the Australian context. Facilitated by Meredith Glaser, Mary K Hotel
  • Group dinner, Blauw

Saturday, 30th June

Optional side trips

  • Option 1: End of Study Tour
  • Option 2: Tour of Port of Rotterdam
  • Option 3: Tour of Groningen

Accomodation in Utrecht

Utrecht is a perfect base for a transport innovation study tour and there is no better place in Utrecht to stay than the Mary K Hotel.

All delegates are provided with their own room in this award winning, independent hotel located in the heart of central Utrecht, facing the Oude gracht (Old Canal). The Mary K Hotel is quiet and comfortable, but at the centre of it all. Organic breakfast and bike hire is included.

Costs

Early Bird (closes 1st December 2017)
$8,840 + GST (ex air fares)
Standard $10,600 + GST (ex air fares)

What is covered in this cost?

  • Accommodation (24th June – 30th June) at the Mary K Hotel in Utrecht
  • Breakfasts
  • Train tickets during the period of the study tour, including Schiphol Airport transfers to Utrecht
  • Bike hire
  • Refreshments during organised lectures
  • Welcome dinner (24th June)
  • Closing dinner (30th June)
  • Creating great relationships with other professionals

What is not included?

  • Air fare to/from Amsterdam
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than those identified above
  • Any other costs incurred other than those stated as
    covered above

Apply now

Places are strictly limited, with a maximum of 12 delegates.

First round applications close 1st December 2017.

Please submit an online application to be considered for a place on the 2018 Study Tour.

FAQ

Q: Can I apply even if I have not had funding approved by my employer?

A: Yes. Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply and will have an opportunity to withdraw their application should funding issues arise.

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