Cycling and Dutch biking enthusiasts, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are releasing their new book, Building the Cycling City, at Dudoc on Thursday, September 13.
Long-time lovers of cycling in the Netherlands, the authors will convey their enthusiasm about the Dutch approach and provide insights into the lengthy, not always easy, route to becoming the world’s top cycling nation. For years, the Dutch had to overcome many of the same challenges other car-clogged countries face, and, says Chris Bruntlett, “Their story is an important model for moving the rest of the world toward a more human-scale, bike-friendly future”.
Having cycled regularly in 5 Dutch cities, Chris and Melissa continually discovered ideas and approaches which are gradually informing other cities around the world and provide some concrete examples in their book. On September 13, they will also be joined by guests José Besselink, an urban planner from the City of Rotterdam, and Marijn Kik, a mobility advisor from the City of Utrecht, who will provide their own tips on making streets more bike-friendly.
After book releases in New York, Boston, Washington DC and several eastern Canadian cities, Chris and Melissa are looking forward to the Vancouver launch celebrating the book’s many stories with fellow cycling enthusiasts. Brent Toderian, city planner and urbanist, says “You don’t have to love the Dutch way of building cities to love this book — you just need to love great storytelling, and want YOUR city to be better.”
Co-sponsored by the Dutch Consulate in Vancouver, the evening is a chance to toast Building the Cycling City and dream about how to improve biking in our neighbourhoods. The Bike Valet will provide secure (and free!) parking.
Date: September 13 – 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: 1489 Frances Street
Unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wauthuth Territory
“Bruntlett and Bruntlett make the definitive case that cycling cities are livable cities. But unless we all demand more, as the Dutch have and continue to do, we’ll compromise our health, the safety of our children, and our pocketbooks. For anyone who cares about how cities transform to become places for people, this book will show you how it is done.”
– Jennifer Keesmaat, former Chief Planner, City of Toronto & CEO, Creative Housing Society
(Photo Credits: Modacity)