How The Dutch Do It: why riding to the station will change your city

We’re thrilled to be hosting a talk at Sydney’s prestigious Customs House as part of the Sydney Rides Festival.  “How The Dutch Do It” will focus on how the Netherlands became a cycling nation, the Dutch bike / train system, and transferable lessons for Sydney and Australia.


In the Netherlands 50% of all train passengers arrive at the station by bicycle.  The national railway runs one of the world’s biggest bike hire schemes, whilst train stations with tens of thousands of bike parking spaces are not uncommon.  This is not done simply because the bicycle is a nice, fun or sustainable thing; strong economic consequences drive these efforts.

Sydney will soon be home to a brand new metro and light rail system, but is this an opportunity for the humble bicycle?

Hear from Dr Marco the Brömmelstroet from the University of Amsterdam (@fietsprofessor on Twitter) on how the Dutch do it, and the impact of their bike / train system — not just on transport, but on the quality of life of their cities.

Tickets are free, so grab the last few spots before registration closes at this link.

Mon 17, Oct 2016
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

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