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Understanding Cycling in Europe

Why do some cities see more cycling than others? Is cycling a cultural, design, or engineering phenomenon? Using European countries as examples, this course helps city building professionals and government officials to understand the history of bicycle infrastructure, the role of the bicycle in a sustainable mobility system, and the relationship between mobility and public space.


4 modules

Recommended schedule

2 Hours per week / 4 weeks

Total course length

~ 8 Hours


George Liu

George Liu

George Liu is founder of Cycling Research Review and PhD researcher studying how ideas from urban design can guide the creation of attractive environments that encourages cycling as a practical and desirable mode of daily transport. He studies how the emerging concept of “cycle highways” is conceptualized by practitioners, academics, and people cycling in Northern European countries. George is cross-appointed at Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Amsterdam as part of the Smart Cycling Futures project.

What you'll learn in this course

  • A Historical Perspective: The recent and historical adoption of cycling in European cities
  • Reshaping Policies: Strategies for cycle-friendly cities
  • Improving Connections: Rethinking traffic flow
  • Negotiation on Two Wheels: The informal rules of traffic

Free & paid options

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

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