University of Oregon

Sustainable Bicycle Transportation Planning Field School in Europe

Program Overview

Study bicycle planning, design, policy, and culture as a sustainable and economically viable form of transportation in key urban locations in Western Europe. This program will focus on the practices and policies that foster safe, convenient, and accessible bicycle infrastructure and the underlying culture that supports a high rate of bicycle use. Explore how and why Denmark and the Netherlands became great places to bike and consider how to make similar changes within the United States.

Academic Details

You will observe and experience a variety of cycling facilities in urban, suburban and rural locations; meet with local officials and government representatives for formal presentations and informal dialogue about their bicycle transportation planning and design; and engage in conversation with program faculty to reflect on the day’s activities. You will keep a reflection journal and a field notebook to record observations and lecture notes, and will take photographs to document your observations. Before the study tour, you will individually research and write a paper on bicycle planning and design in the US. After the tour, you will write two papers: a reflection and summary of your learning and personal experiences, and a final paper comparing and contrasting best practices in the US with those in the Netherlands and Denmark. Graduate students will have a more in-depth research component to their final paper.

Course objectives include:

  • Understand the role of bicycling in urban transportation;
  • Understand the role of policy and planning in shaping urban form and transportation choices;
  • Understand the contribution of design, safety, and legal issues toward bicycle planning;
  • Learn the critical components of successful integration and promotion of walking and bicycling into communities.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Marc Schlossberg is a Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. His applied research focal areas revolve around sustainable transportation, especially in retrofitting communities to better support biking and walking. This work ranges from bottom-up, participatory GIS approaches to more standard analysis of urban form and transportation to the production of user-friendly materials that give broader access to good bike/ped design. 

Housing Description

Stay in specially arranged hostel accommodations located in the city centers of each program site, with convenient access to the city by bike. Students will be responsible for their own meals, although some will be provided.

Additional Requirements

Admission is also open to individuals holding an undergraduate degree but who are not currently enrolled in a degree program.

Dates and Deadlines

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Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.