Sustainable Bicycle Transportation in Europe
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.
Please note that students should be prepared to bike up to 30 miles a day on this program, although this is not an every day occurrence. Students should also be prepared to carry their luggage with them.
Due to the generous support of the Scan Design Foundation and others, Faculty-offered scholarships are available in amounts ranging from approximately $2,000 to $2,500 depending on the number of students enrolled. These funds are automatically distributed equally to all eligible program participants (US citizens only, based on funding source). No application necessary.
Program scholarships are available in amounts generally ranging from $500 to $1,500. Awards are determined by financial need and academic merit. US and international students who are eligible for this program are invited to apply. Scholarship applications are located within the program application. Other scholarships may also be available; visit the GEO scholarships page for further information.
Additional information about the program, including the working itinerary and a link to the book produced by previous students, is available on Professor Schlossberg’s website.
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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. There will be a pre-course community observation assignment to get you into the spirit of looking at uses of streets differently. You will keep a reflection journal and a field notebook to record observations and lecture notes, and will take photographs to document your observations. The class as a whole will also work on a whole class project that will result in a publication to share your insights with the larger world. The format of this publication will be decided by the group.
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.
UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.
Non-UO students: 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.
Rebecca Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. Her applied research focal areas revolve around land use policy, growth management, housing affordability and the intersection of land use, transportation and climate change. In her classes, she works on applied projects to examine the budgetary impacts of new mobility (like autonomous vehicles.) Rebecca works on policy issues at the state, regional and local level and works directly with state and local agencies to address critical problems. She is an avid recreational cyclist and triathlete who enjoys exploring cities by biking, walking, and transit.
Marc Schlossberg, PhD is a Professor of City and Regional Planning and co-director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) at the University of Oregon. His teaching, research, and community engagement focus on sustainable transportation, livable community design, and the processes that can accelerate implementation of more sustainable policy and practice. Schlossberg is a two-time Distinguished Fulbright Scholar (United Kingdom, 2009-10, Israel 2015-16) and also a founding Executive Committee member of the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), one of five national University Transportation Centers in the United States. Schlossberg also co-leads the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N), an international effort to leverage the underutilized talent and capacity of universities to accelerate societal change toward justice, sustainability, and happiness.
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. Access to kitchens, study space, and laundry will vary depending on location.
There will be about 6-7 different program sites throughout Denmark and the Netherlands that the students and faculty will bike to. Be prepared to both pack light to accommodate this travel (although there will be a luggage van), and pack primarily for biking.
GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.
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