The Green Lane Project assembles policymakers, transportation professionals, and senior staff from the six focus cities to study, experience, and be inspired by the most advanced bicycling environments in Europe and North America. Intensive hands-on policy and design workshops cover topics such as network design, building political and popular support, and using bicycling to add economic value to cities. Focus cities also participate in regular best practices-sharing summits and additional training opportunities during the two-year duration of the Project. Professional exchanges among peer cities and international experts inspire new adaptations of proven practices that lead to safer, more effective bicycle transportation back home.
International Study Tours
World-Class Transportation in Action - Denmark, Sept. 22-30, 2013
Danish cities are internationally renowned for their safe and efficient multi-modal transportation networks, vibrant urban design, and strong local economies. Experiencing a fully realized, mature bicycle transportation network up close was an invaluable and transformative step for Green Lane Project city leaders as they work to “translate” model practices from Danish experience to unique American streets. The delegation of transportation professionals and city officials will spend time with local and international experts in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Odense on a fact-finding mission of best practices in urban bicycle transportation.
Information for 2013 prospective participants
Green Lanes Equity Summit - Austin, TX, May 15-16, 2013
A two-day gathering of transportation professionals, policymakers and community leaders from the six Green Lane Project cities. The focus is on building support for green lanes and related improvements in low-income and historically underserved neighborhoods. On the agenda:
• Understand outreach challenges facing city leaders in building support for bicycling and bicycling infrastructure
• Share best practices and lessons learned from the six GLP cities
• Address cultural stigmas related to bicycling
• Identify specific next steps that can support the efforts of city leaders
The issues surrounding equity in bicycle transportation are complex, ranging from the current wave of gentrification in cities to cultural barriers to bicycling in African-American and Hispanic communities. The Summit does not presume to “solve” these complex and often emotional issues, but to initiate a robust conversation, improve our collective understanding, and identify effective approaches. The expansion of green lane networks provides a current, relevant focal point for discussing the challenges of building support in communities where the “innovation” is not always readily embraced.
Previous Green Lane Project Workshops
Showcasing a U.S. Model - Minneapolis, MN, 2012
The workshop highlighted the Minneapolis example as a national leader in bicycle transportation engineering, promotion and policy. Minneapolis was declared the 2012 best city in America for bicycling by Bicycling Magazine — one out of every 20 trips in the City is made on a bicycle. Topics included the pioneering bikeshare program, NiceRide, as well as lessons learned in funding, designing and implementing state-of-the-art transportation projects.
Green Lanes by Design - New York, NY, 2012
New York currently has more miles of state-of-the-art protected bikeways than any other U.S. city and is a national leader in design and operations of modern U.S. cycle tracks. This intensive in-depth workshop paired transportation engineering leaders from the six GLP focus cities with peers from the New York City Department of Transportation to discuss design challenges and share best practices in the rapidly evolving field of on-street protected bikeway design.
Green Lane Project in New York: City to City Solutions from Bikes Belong on Vimeo.
Other Training Opportunities - Partner Events
Focus cities are eligible for workshops offered by Green Lane Project partners, including:
NACTO Cities for Cycling Road Shows
Dutch ThinkBike Workshops
Other workshops: Depending on the specific needs of the focus cities, the Project also assists with small grants for training opportunities, or offers subsidies for city staff to attend professional conferences.
For questions about study tours and workshops, contact Zach Vanderkooy at 303-449-4893 ext 6.