E-course Bicycle infrastructure principles


In this course you will learn the 5 design principles for safe and successful bicycle infrastructure. No matter where you are in the world. Whether you are a beginner or an expert or if you are applying CROW, NACTO or other design standards: these design principles apply to each situation! These are the foundation for your success.

Learning methods include knowledge clips including mini lectures, articles, case studies, live Q and A sessions, live webinar and feedback on your case study. Together with fellow students from across the world. Tests, practical assignments, expert reflection, and a case study will help you to consolidate your newly acquired knowledge. After successful completion of the course, you will obtain your personal certificate. The evidence that you have mastered a key corner stone in creating safe and successful bicycle infrastructure.

Check out the 10% early bird discount under “investment”!

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Now is the time!

During the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, cities struggle with ways to make their streets more attractive for cyclists and pedestrians. Space that used to be dedicated to cars now needs to be reallocated to provide pedestrians and cyclists with sufficient space to keep a safe distance. COVID-19 has provided a huge window of opportunity for cycling. Cities and citizens will benefit if bicycle infrastructure is planned with these 5 design principles in mind. Now on the short-term, during the pandemic, as well as on the longer term once we have recovered. In this course, you learn about design principles that have been applied in the Netherlands for decades, leading to a very high use of bicycles in daily trips.

Learner benefits

In only 5 weeks the course will lead you to fully understand the 5 key success factors in safe and successful bicycle infrastructure. It will enable you to promote cycling, by planning and designing the best cycling infrastructure:

  • Increased credibility – certification after successful completion of the course
  • Better plans, designs, policies, strategies, and campaigns
  • Overcoming barriers and creating acceptance for your plans/proposals/measures
  • More, better, and safer bicycle infrastructure delivered faster

Obtaining your certificate

The following criteria apply to obtaining your certification

  • All course units must be completed (all courses)
  • Final test must be passed (all courses)
  • Attendance in the concluding webinar (Spotlight Course additional requirement)
  • Attendance in 3 group sessions (Signature Course additional requirement)

Course objectives and programme outline

The course comes in 3 plans to fit different learning needs, ranging from knowledge acquisition to the full development of a ‘Dutch cycling infrastructure skill set’.


The BASIC COURSE provides you with an understanding of the 5 design principles for bicycle infrastructure and their relevance.

* fully self-paced online course

* new learning material each week

The programme runs for 5 weeks. Each week new content becomes available consisting of knowledge clips with recorded mini lectures, quizzes, inspirational reads and vlogs and practical assignments.

  • Week 1: cohesion “cycling from anywhere to everywhere”
  • Week 2: directness “creating short and fast routes”
  • Week 3: safety “safe infrastructure – personal health”
  • Week 4: comfort “taking the human being as starting point”
  • Week 5: attractiveness “making personal taste plannable” and final test


The FAST TRACK is available for the BASIC COURSE and lets you access the content of the full course straight away. The FAST TRACK will not let you wait until week 5 to complete your course.


The SPOTLIGHT COURSE will teach you to identify the design principles in your local situation enabling you to identify potential interventions for improvement.

* Online welcome session

* 2 live Q & A sessions

* Concluding webinar

The SPOTLIGHT COURSE consists of the Basic Course PLUS 3 additional live trainer guided sessions (2 live Q&A sessions, 1 concluding webinar with an expert guided case study review) and a welcome session to kick-off the course together. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to ask your burning questions, benefit from expert reflection and meet your peers from across the world. These sessions increase the learning transfer of the materials provided during the course.

Obtaining your certificate

The following criteria apply to obtaining your certification

  • All course units must be completed (all courses)
  • Final test must be passed (all courses)
  • Attendance in the concluding webinar (Spotlight Course additional requirement)
  • Attendance in the 2 Q and A sessions (Signature Course additional requirement)

Course development

This course was developed by DTV Capacity Building with contributions from Breda University of Applied Sciences. The course is part of Dutch Cycling Embassy’s envelop of ‘Learn’ activities (DCE Learn). DCE Learn brings about the best learning offers about Dutch Cycling.


Teije Gorris
DTV Capacity Building

Teije Gorris

Teije is the lead trainer for this training course. He will guide you throughout the programme and towards a succesfull completion of your final case study which is part of the programme. In his professional career so far, Teije has developed multiple trainings, e-, and summer courses and multiple knowledge transfer events. Teije’s ambition is to provide you with hands-on insights and skills which you can apply to your own situation the following day. Regardless of your position, role, organisation and geographical location.

Pleun Smits
DTV Capacity Building

Pleun Smits

Pleun holds the position of senior consultant traffic architecture at DTV Consultants. He specialises in the field of cycling, traffic engineering and road safety. In his professional career he supported multiple planning authorities in cycle route analysis, network planning and bicycle infrastructure design. Varying from intersections and roundabout design, bicycle streets to fast cycling routes. Pleun’s mission is to develop sustainable and safe solutions that make both clients and road users happy! During the live sessions he will share his practical experiences and support you in your learning path.

When and where

This course is offered as an online course. The course starts 4 October 2021. Each week new content will be released. The content can be started, paused, continued, and finished as needed. You can follow the e-course any time, any place. Each week takes approximately 45-90 minutes of learning time. The dates of the live sessions of the SPOTLIGHT course are (time slots at 9am and 7pm CE(S)T/ Amsterdam):

  • Welcome session: meeting your peers and course practicalities: 4 October
  • Q and A session 1: 12 October
  • Q and A session 2: 26 October
  • Concluding expert guided webinar: 10 November


How it works

The e-course is delivered through our online learning platform hosted on TalentLMS, a safe and secure platform. Each week you will be notified when new content has been released. New content will become available on the Monday (noon CET|Amsterdam) of the respective week.

For whom

The e-course is suitable for designers, policy makers, engineers, mobility professionals, advocates, students, researchers, and others involved in

  • Bicycle infrastructure design
  • Cycling network design
  • Cycling policy development
  • Urban planning
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP)
  • Place making, urban revitalization
  • Safety for vulnerable road users


Basic, Basic Fast track and Spotlight

Choose a suitable plan to fit your needs.

  • Basic: €89
  • Basic Fast track: €109
  • Spotlight: €249

All plans include a certification (if requirements are met) and 1-year unlimited access to the course materials

*  The fast track alternative is available for the Basic Course. The fast track will provide you to contents of the full course straight away. So, you do not need to wait until week 5 to complete your course.

Discount possibilities

An early bird discount of 10% applies until 1 August. Use this code at the checkout: EARLYBIRD10

Group discount (-15%) is available at groups of minimum 4 persons, paid at once through bank transfer. Contact us to apply.

Enrolment and checkout take place on our e-course platform. Follow the following steps:

  1. Click the ‘enrol now button’ on this page to proceed (but read the following steps first)
  2. Select the plan of your interest and click the “get this course” button
  3. Click “sign-up” to create an account on the platform. The platform will guide you. You may need to verify your email address. Also keep an eye on your spam folder. The verification email might land in there.
  4. Back on the e-course page click the “get this course button”.
  5. Complete the payment using your credit card. If you have a discount coupon do not forget to fill in the coupon at the checkout.

After the successful payment you will obtain access to the course content. The content and materials of the first week will be released on 1 February 2021 (noon CET/Amsterdam).

Participating on behalf of an EU based company?

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If all company details are completed (including VAT-number) we will send a VAT-invoice after closing date of the e-course registrations. Until that time, you can complete this information in your account.

If there no VAT-number is provided, we consider your participation as private and you can use the concise private invoice downloadable from the e-course platform.


| HA Consulting

A really informative course on how the Dutch have achieved so much for cyclists and cycling infrastructure. I learnt a lot about the underlying
principles, some great examples and did a number of really stimulating exercises to enhance my practical knowledge. The course presenter, Teije Gorris, is phenomenal; a knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer who ensures you get the most out of the course.
Great course, and also great value for money.
Strongly recommended.
Dr Hafez Alavi, Transport Lead, HA Consulting.
Melbourne, Australia.

I come from a small city in Germany - with a partially prehistoric cycling infrastructure mixed with more modern options as fragments. New parts of
a cohesive network pop up where there's funding to get not where it's needed by cyclists. So it's a mess. I have been advocating the "dutch approach" to
cycling infrastructure, gathered from Visits to there Netherlands and numerous Youtube-Videos e.g.from Mark Wagenburg and manuals and other sources before . However This course gave me a better insight on the 5 principles in a very well structured approach and the concluding webinar put
the puzzle of the 5 principles together within a case study. I found this course extremely helpful for the communication of qualities that make cycling infrastructure successful (though the task of translating it in comprehensible German lies ahead of me) and to have a more structured approach for steps to improve the local cycling infrastructure.

Marc Andreßen
Rotenburg, Germany

I am not an urban or a traffic engineer, a designer or a public counselor. Cycling is my passion. Despite my working schedule, during the 5 weeks
e-course: 5 design principles for safe and successful bicycle infrastructure I had the chance to relax, entertain, educate and challenge myself. Each week, for each design principle, I used to spent one hour (the most) while watching an educational clip, reading a nice selected article and performing one or two small quizzes related to the clip and the article’s content.
That helped me understand the definition and the importance of each principle based on theory and real examples. But my favourite part of the course was the assignments at the end of each week or better my challenges. The task was to test whether each design principle is applied in my city’s infrastructure and if not to propose possible solutions in the open discussion forum. That was my reflection moment. Did I understand correct the principles, can I propose solutions for my city’s current situation? What are my fellow students saying(professionals or enthusiasts it does not matter)? What is happening around the world? Do we share the same experiences? The 5th week includes also a webinar where all participants can connect online with each other and discuss openly on their assignments-projects. The course can be followed on multiple platforms: PC, laptop and smartphone app, so no matter where you are, you can easily access it. The whole process was fun and engaging. I achieved my goal: engage myself more into active mobility and cycling promotion.

Rafailia Asimakopoulou,Patras,Greece

This course is a good explanation of the principles of bicycle infrastructure design.
These principles allow us to think about the network and the street in terms of the user's needs. Practical work allows to apply these principles and to appropriate them.

I recommend this course... and I would like a continuation to work on real cases of street or intersection design.

Etienne Beaudet, Saint-Nazaire, France

| Sweco UK

This course provides a broad understanding of the cycle infrastructure design principles which will enable both technical and non-technical groups to gain an insight into what is considered during the design process and development.

Alan Blacklaws,
Edinburgh, Scotland

A great quick introduction to the 5 design.

I undertook this course as a way to improve my knowledge of cycling infrastructure and to learn how it should be done. The course helped a lot with that and gave me deeper knowledge on the principles behind great cycling infrastructure implementations in other cities. It was well worth participating on the course and great to meet other like-minded individuals and to hear their experiences and ideas for cycling infrastructure.

Joe Breen, Cork, Ireland.

I found the course very informative in that it shows what can be achieved when the right mindset prevails. At first it appears very ambitious but when it is broken down, progress can be made by building on small interventions over time. The five principles are useful in that they keep a focus on what is important.

| Kerry National Road Design Office

I enjoyed doing this course very much. It has been very useful in defining the main principles of design for cycles.

The course was good, but lacked a little depth. I think a good way to strengthen it would be to dig deeper into each principle through analyzing how they relate to systematic safety.

| Trinity College

This course is very helpful in filling out the basic knowledge you might already have about developing quality cycling links and a network into something more rounded that you can then apply to your local area or area you are studying. It empowers you with the basic structure needed to go out and evaluate the quality of cycling in your area and what is needed going forward to enable more people to cycle.

Dermot Hanney, London, UK

A great basis to start thinking about what the cycling infrastructure in your city should look like.

Michal, Gdansk, Poland

| L-Università ta' Malta

As a Dutchie I've been cycling since I was three, and was carried on a bicycle by my mom before that. Cycling just seemed a natural part of life.
When I moved abroad in my late teens and twenties, for work and education to Antwerp (Belgium), Latin America, and later to Malta (a small island state in the Mediterranean), I realised cycling is not such an obvious mode of transport in the rest of the world! I still pedaled on and learned how even so close to the Netherlands, cycling was viewed as a weird thing to do (Antwerp circa 2005, today it is another story!), and about the trials and tribulations of
cycling in a big city (Buenos Aires) and island with car-centric attitude and culture (Malta).
From a 'normal' person on a bicycle, I became involved in bicycle advocacy and sustainable mobility planning, and now find myself a bicycle activist and sustainable mobility researcher. It has been a pleasure to dive deep into the principles that make Dutch cycling infrastructure so great and try to adopt and adapt some of these lessons to bring the joys and benefits of cycling to other places too!

Suzanne Maas (Malta)

The course went through the 5 basic principles of bicycle infrastructure design including
real life case studies / videos, followed up by mini-tests and assignments.
I thought the course was structured well, and learning about one principle each week was a good pace. Though the course may benefit planners more when considering a wider cycle network, as a designer I certainly appreciated learning of how the 5 principles can be applied at a street design level, and I will keep these in mind for future projects. I would recommend this courses and I would open to doing further courses with DTV Building Capacity.

Steve Mackenzie
London, UK.

| Transport Infrastructure Ireland

I completed this course as a complete novice with little knowledge about cycling infrastructure. I found it very interesting and easy to comprehend.
To see how other cities and towns have developed their infrastructure and in particular in the Netherlands is inspirational.
Using the 5 principals outlined in the course and starting at a local level perhaps it may not be such a daunting task!

As an Urban Planner specialised in mobility I loved the course !
This focused training on design principles will be for sure super useful to me and other through my work.
Of course after learning the principles, comes the practice. You will need to practice a lot and soon after learning. Take many notes because there is much to learn.

Thanks Teije and the DTV team for this great course

| Cardno

This course gives a good introduction to the five Dutch bicycle infrastructure design principles, which can be applied anywhere in the world. Great for any beginner or professional new to the area looking to expand their knowledge. The course could be improved by working through practical examples as to how these have been implemented in projects in the Netherlands, which was touched on in the concluding webinar.

Mark, Adelaide, SA, Australia

| RaeburnFarquharBowen

An essential course to understand the elements which contribute to positive design of cycling infrastructure. Learn about how to analyse each element and apply this to your specific area, a 'learning through doing' approach is very helpful, with specific feedback each week on your assignments. I feel that I will be more confident in taking an analytical view of cycling infrastructure and how to ensure new projects successfully meet the design criteria set out in this course.

Sam Shaw, Stirling, Scotland

Arturo Steinvorth Álvarez, San José, Costa Rica.

The course was amazing: simple, effective and lots of hands-on activities that really enhance the knowledge and applicability of the contents. The examples and cases were very useful for the assignments, as well as being able to revise with the work from other colleagues if any doubt was still around. Definitely something I would recommend!

Very informative with knowledge that would be easily transferable to local authorities and councils.

Henry Strachan Gold Coast Australia

The course is a good introduction to cycle network planning principles. It is easy to digest and is not overcomplicated. Overall I would highly recommend if you work in the transport infrastructure planning space.

Short course well packed with information usefull to plan a cycling network.

| Sweco UK

It was a good course.

| City of Cockburn

I found this course to be an excellent way to help me reconsider the various design principles and how we design our cycle network for people to ride on a bicycle from anywhere (in my local council area) to everywhere they wish to go. I have done various courses previously but it was still a good way for me to reflect on my current projects. I enjoyed the weekly assignments the best and reading reflections from fellow students from around the world.

Jillian Woolmer, City of Cockburn, Western Australia, Australia.

Very useful materials and examples that make it easily understandable and applicable to different contexts worldwide.
I'm very satisfied and highly recommend it.

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Teije Gorris

Teije Gorris

Team Lead & Consultant Capacity Building
Kim Heerkens

Kim Heerkens

Consultant Capacity Building