The Dutch are about as wealthy as Americans, but they drive only half as much -- and at the same time, they ride bikes for more than 25% of their trips and enjoy world-class public transportation systems. Their traffic fatality rate is one-third of the American rate, and nearly all middle school and high school students ride a bike to school. Learn how they design safe streets and ubiquitous bike paths, how they plan high-quality public transportation (trains, trams, buses), and how they plan cities to support ABC (all-but-car) transportation. You'll ride a bike every day to get to/from class, on class field trips, and in your free time. You'll have a transit pass and enjoy riding their trains, trams, and buses on field trips as well as in your free time. We'll visit great examples of Dutch urban planning and bikeway/street design, including visits with city officials, planners, and consultants in Delft, the Hague, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Haarlem, and other cities. You'll take lots of photos, make lots of measurements, and write blog posts explaining Dutch planning and design practice; you'll also do two design projects, applying what you've learned in Netherland to design great streets and spaces in the Boston area.
Pizza will be served! If you're interested in this immersive DOC program but you can't attend the info session, please email Prof. Furth (email@example.com) and he'll send you a summary. For this dialogue, priority applications will be accepted until Dec 10.