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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.

  • Dates, tuition, and deadlines
    Mode of instruction: On-campus (3 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 3 July - Thursday 21 July 2022
    Housing dates: Friday 1 July - Friday 22 July 2022
    Academic fees: €1650 read more about what is included in the fees.
    Housing fees: €600 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: Tuesday 1 February 2022. Applications are processed throughout the year on a rolling basis. 
    Regular admission deadline: Friday 1 April 2022
    Who is this programme for?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Students should be in good academic standing to participate in the summer school. For academics and professionals with a background related to urban planning. All participants must have completed their Bachelor's degree (minimum) and have experience working in a related field.
  • 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, Senior Guest Lecturer and Co-Academic Founder, currently holds the position of Professor of Urban Mobility Futures at the University of Amsterdam, and is Academic Director of the Planning the Cycling City programme. 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.

  • 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