Meet the People
Planning the Cycling City
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Marco te Brömmelstroet currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam. His teaching in Planning Bachelor and Master's programmes centers around the (problematic) integration of land use and mobility and ways to improve this. His research is strongly intertwined with planning practice. He has done several studies on how to improve the use of knowledge in urban strategy making processes. Recently, he extended his curiosity into the role of the bicycle in the functioning of cities and vice versa. Not a coincidence; he covers around 5.000 kilometer annually as a bicycle commuter in Amsterdam, 7.000 kilometer on his racing and touring bikes and he owns a cargo-bicycle shop in Germany. He tries to combine a fanatic advocacy attitude towards cycling in cities with a healthy distant view as academic researcher.
Meredith Glaser is an urban strategy and mobility consultant, based in the Netherlands since 2012. She is originally from California, holds Masters degrees in urban planning and public health from UC Berkeley. Meredith holds a guest appointment at the University of Amsterdam, where she co-leads this summer programme and conducts research on cross-national policy transfer and knowledge exchange related to cycling and mobility. She hosts other university-level student groups and international professional delegations for cycling and mobility study tours. Meredith regularly collaborates with local Dutch municipalities and universities on cycling projects and workshops. She lives in Amsterdam with her husband, daughter, 4 bikes and no car.
From our alumni
Pedro Nieves (Summer 2017)
The first time I visited Amterdam, I was immediately fascinated by the city, not only because of its progressive policies and innovative projects, but mostly because of its cycling culture. As a Puerto Rican, I was never accustomed to using a bicycle as a means of mobility: in order to understand more, I ended up applying for the Planning the Cycling City programme. This was definitely an enriching experience. My group was very diverse, and was composed of participants with different academic and professional backgrounds, of different ages and nationalities. Because of this, I got the chance to learn not only from the incredible line-up of lecturers, but also from my colleagues and the experiences they shared about their home contexts.
I became well-versed in Amsterdam's cycling history, and gained fruitful insights for unraveling urban cycling in order to plan a cycling city. After the programme, I enrolled in the UvA's Master programme on Urban and Regional Planning, and I am further developing what I learned from the summer programme, and incorporating it into my Master's thesis.