Training Cycling Infrastructure in the Netherlands 1-5 July 2019


Learn all about Dutch Cycling Infrastructure Design

This training will equip you with a solid set of technical and policy-making skills for developing cycling policy and planning cycling infrastructure.

One of the most renowned manuals for cycling infrastructure design is the Cycling Design Manual. This manual was edited by DTV Consultants and published by the Dutch CROW institute – leading institute for infrastructure design. It is based on decades of research into Dutch cycling policy and infrastructure development. The manual is relevant for both starting and mature cyclist infrastructure designers. It comprises a step-by-step guide for developing a cycling policy and creating safe infrastructure designs.

DTV Consultants – with more than 25 years of experience in delivering training courses and professional education – has put together a unique training course aimed at professionals in cycling policy and cycling infrastructure planning. This five-day course will teach you how to apply the CROW Cycling Design Manual to your situation. Moreover, we will teach you to develop cycling policy and infrastructure.

For this training, experts in various disciplines such as policy-making, planning, design, and safety have been brought together.

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What you will learn in this training

By making use of expert presentations, excursions, on-site observations, and close cooperation with your peers on case studies we will ensure that you will have achieved the following results upon completing the course:

  • You know to position cycling within the context of urban mobility policy making
  • You know the basic principles of safe infrastructure design and cycling behaviour
  • You know the 5 basic design principles for cycling infrastructure and know how to apply them to:
    Network design
    Segments / midblock
  • You have visited and experienced some of the best real-life examples of Dutch cycling, both in high-density areas such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and smaller cities such as Breda.
  • You are able to draw an action plan to improve cycling infrastructure in your local context
  • You have a stronger position in taking cycling to the next level in your local situation.
  • You have expanded your network and have met peers from all over the world.


Hillie Talens

Hillie Talens


After graduating from the Dutch Academy of Traffic Hillie started working as a researcher at the Delft University. Later she was a Traffic Policy Official for the cities The Hague and Ede for several years. Hillie now works for CROW an NGO and non-profit organisation in the field of traffic, transportation, civil engineering and public space. Here she is responsible for the (international) bicycle projects and parking projects. One of the best known books she produced is the Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic.


Paul van den Bosch

Paul van den Bosch

DTV Consultants

Paul van den Bosch has been a with DTV Consultants since 2005 and specialises in cycling mobility and road safety. He has carried out many practical and innovative projects for small, medium, and large cities. Examples of his work include developing a cost-benefit tool for cycling infrastructure, designing cycling reward schemes, creating black spot analyses, and conducting a thorough review/thorough reviews of cycling infrastructure designs. Paul is also a skilled road safety auditor and spends his spare time riding both on- and off-trail as a passionate cyclist.

Wim Bot

Wim Bot


Wim Bot has been international public affairs officer at the Dutch Cylists’ Union since 2008. Wim is a self-proclaimed political animal, and his mission is to advance the importance of cycling on the national Dutch agenda. As national and international affairs officer at the Dutch Cyclists’ Union, Wim has presented at many conferences around the globe and campaigned for better cycling conditions in the Netherlands. While building a cyclists’ paradise requires hard work, a clear vision, and a bit of defiance, Wim maintains his view that keeping the Netherlands a cycling utopia is a doable and worthwhile goal.

Joost de Kruijf

Joost de Kruijf

Breda University of Applied Sciences

BUAS’ research group Urban Intelligence focuses on the optimisation of multi modal trips for cycling, public and car transport and on the relationship between traffic networks and the built environment. The group has developed insights and tools to support decision makers and designers in the development of cycling policies, networks and infrastructure design. A visit to the Urban Intelligence group and experience with a true VR cycle simulator is part of the training. Breda university of applied sciences is offering amongst others bachelor programmes in the field of traffic engineering, mobility, urban design and spatial development.   

Warner Breumer

Warner Breumer

City of Rotterdam

For the last 25 years, Warner Beumer has been delighted to be working for the city of Rotterdam as a traffic engineering designer.

He designs the larger infrastructural projects of the city such as a new national road, a city bridge or a new residential area, as well as improving the bicycle network.

Quality and integrality are statements in design and are therefore of paramount importance. A good design sells itself and has to be logical for the users. Warner is proud of his Rotterdam and his share in this city.

When and where

Programme outline

The programme is designed on the concept of action learning. Concepts are explained by experienced trainers and guest speakers and supported by practical examples, observed in field trips, and applied in exercises. Field trips consist of visits to and observations in the cities of Utrecht, Rotterdam and Breda.

Day 1 – Monday

  • Welcome
  • Immersive cycling tour in the city of Breda
  • Introduction to the programme, practicalities and learning objectives
  • Fundamentals: policy context, safe system, and cycling characteristics

Day 2 – Tuesday

  • Visit to and guest lecture by CROW in Utrecht – the Bike Design Manual explained
  • On-site observation in Utrecht
  • Discussion and reflection session
  • Evening: welcome dinner

Day 3 – Wednesday

  • Visit to and guest lecture by the City of Rotterdam in Rotterdam – cycle inclusive design a modern post-war city
  • Group working and coaching session – to start to design for your own city

Day 4 – Thursday

  • Visit to and guest lecture by Breda university of applied sciences in Breda – network planning and planning tools
  • Working on assignments

Day 5 – Friday

  • Finalising assignments
  • Presentations and assessments
  • Closing lecture – strategies for cycling advocacy (tbc)
  • Certificate ceremony and closing drinks


  • The training course will be offered in the first week of July 2019 i.e. 1-5 July (enabling participation with the Velo-City conference in Dublin, Ireland)
  • Training days: 9:00-17:00


  • Amsterdam region – City of Breda

What is the weather like in the Netherlands? (quoted from

June: Overall you can expect quite a bit of sunshine, with lots of blue skies and a normal average temperature of 15° C (59° F) — and daytime highs of 19-20° C (66.2-68° F).
Mind you, the Dutch grew up with this more of less standard weather forecast for this time of the year: In the morning sunshine and here and there’ some rain; in the afternoon sunshine with now and then a shower. (A brilliant forecast, right?). Fortunately the rain showers tend to be rather short and scattered.

For whom?

The training is suitable for designers, policy makers, mobility professionals and others interested involved in

  • Cycling infrastructure design
  • Cycling network design
  • Cycling policy development
  • Urban planning
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP)
  • Place making, urban revitalisation
  • Safety for vulnerable road users
  • Advocates advocating the above


Special introduction price at €2.250

  • Bring your colleague for a 25% discount.

The fee includes:

  • All lectures, workshops, and field trip transfer
  • Bike rental (including helmet if preferred) throughout the course
  • Daily lunches, coffee and tea
  • A welcome diner and farewell drinks
  • After their final assesment, participants obtain their certificate

A copy of the CROW bike design manual. Order a copy of the famous CROW manual and we will make sure that a copy is available for you at the first day of the course

The course does not include:

  • Airfare and travel expenses
  • Optional travel extension
  • Insurance
  • Visa expenses
  • Personal expenses
Advice and information
Kim Heerkens

Kim Heerkens

Consultant Capacity Building
Teije Gorris

Teije Gorris

Team Lead & Consultant Capacity Building