bringing the Dutch touch to SF Biking
What happens when you mix Dutch bicycle planners with San Francisco streets? You get ThinkBike, an intense two-day planning and design encounter sparking innovative solutions for better bikeways!
San Francisco was blessed with beautiful sunny weather and a delegation of visiting Dutch bicycle planners on September 18-20, 2011 when ThinkBike came to town. Following a superb Sunday afternoon joyride around our fair city, and an inspiring kick-off at City Hall on Monday morning, three teams of Dutch and local planners, advocates, agency staff and community members took an intense look at the Wiggle, mid-Market Street and upper Polk Street. They developed design concepts for these three essential pieces of SF's bike network, as well as promotional ideas to boost everyday bicycling in San Francisco.
If you weren't among the eager crowd that filled the Green Room on the balmy evening of September 20 to see what the Dutch-led teams came up with, you can check them out right now — review the three bikeway proposals and enjoy scenes from the ThinkBike encounter:
Market Street (5th to 8th)
Polk Street (Broadway to Union)
Read SF Streetsblog's take on the ThinkBike teams' ideas for better biking along the three corridors, and be sure to check out the Workshop Design Brief for ThinkBike SF, great background on biking in the Netherlands and San Francisco and the overall ThinkBike approach.
A big dank u wel to the Consulate General of the Netherlands, San Francisco and Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington DC, for bringing us ThinkBike, and big tulip bouquets to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the citizens and city staffers who came together to make ThinkBike such a ringing success. Now let's get to work making it real!
the Dutch bike pros
We had the great good fortune of spending a few energized days with these powerhouse Dutch bicycle practitioners:
more ThinkBike & Dutch bicycle policy & design resources