Cycling Insights: Lessons from Europe

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Explore the story of cycling in Europe, from its history and trends over 80 years to the interaction between urban design and how people get around. Moving into the present, look at how cities can be designed to support cycling, with an emphasis on compatibility with other modes of transportation. In today’s world, we’ll consider sustainable transport options, multimodal journeys, and integrating cycling into daily routines. Look ahead to the future, imagining solutions like bicycle highways and how design can transform travel habits.

After this course, you will be able to:
  • Contextualise the popularity of cycling within societial factors
  • Discover the impact of urban design choices on cycling uptake
  • Investigate the conflicts and synergies of travel modes, and how these affect travel behaviour
  • Imagine the ideal cycling environment of the future.

This course is aimed at transport planners and professionals and anyone interested in the topic of cycling, and/or background in mobility planning, user experience, or social sciences.


4 modules

Recommended schedule

2 day

Total length

4 hours


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George Liu

Dr. George Liu is the director of learning at Urban Cycling Institute. He collaborates with the EIT, producing City Unboxed for the Urban Mobility Explained YouTube channel. George has authored courses on Coursera and helped co-founded For his PhD research, he was cross-appointed at Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Amsterdam as part of the Smart Cycling Futures project. George holds a BA from the University of Toronto and an MES from York University, specialising in cycling and urban transportation planning.

About the Course

Free & Paid options

You can access and participate in the course for free. If you want to earn a  certificate upon completion, you can purchase it. The certificate will be accessible only once the course is successfully completed. Read more here.

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António Gonçalves Pereira
Posted 2 weeks ago
Everyone should take this!

It's simple, straight to the point, well presented. Should be mandatory in schools, companies, state departments, etc.

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Mário Tavares Alves
Posted 2 weeks ago
Very interesting

Thought-provoking and useful course on bycicle usage in Europe. The examples presented from many different European cities makes it very practical and it is encouraging to see the revolution happening globally in Europe.

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Laura Hernández
Posted 4 weeks ago
Great course

It was perfect to understand how the cycling model works across Europe.

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Gergely Tóth
Posted 2 months ago

If possible link to a study measuring socio-economic benefits

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