Last week our public transport consultants Martijn Legêne and Raymond Huisman welcomed a Swedish delegation from Gothenburg for a specially designed tour of Rotterdam. Our Swedish guests were visiting to find inspiration from the city's waterfront developments. City representatives and KCAP gave presentations about waterfront projects and set out their vision of urban planning. The event had been prompted by the wish to strengthen international ties, inspire each other about waterfront developments and mobility strategies, and identify links between Rotterdam, Gothenburg, and Goudappel Coffeng.
The delegation (which included representatives of our Swedish partner Urbanista STAD AB) cycled across the city to visit a variety of projects on and around the Wilhelmina Pier, Rijnhaven, Schiehaven, the Market Hall, and Wijnhaven. They also enjoyed the views from two of Rotterdam's highest buildings: the Rotterdam and the Red Apple. In passing, the delegation also got to know various aspects of our cycling facilities (such as shared bikes and bicycle infrastructure). “We showed our Swedish guests the Cycling Green Wave and how junction capacity can be increased,“ say Martijn and Raymond. “What they liked best, though, was the dedicated cycling tunnel under the River Meuse. It only goes to show that we should cherish and be proud of our cycling facilities in the Netherlands.”