From May 4th to May 10th, an assembly of Turkish, Brazilian, Mexican and American city planners from the EMBARQ network, as well as Turkish planners from public administrations gathered in Copenhagen for the first ever Bikeable City Masterclass.
The course participants were welcomed in Copenhagen Airport by course leader Lotte Bech from the Danish Cyclists’ Federation’s International Committee. Lotte had put together a comprehensive seven day program with bicycle tours, presentations, workshops and site visits. The Masterclass was based at AAUK, the Copenhagen department of Aalborg University. Bicycles was provided for all the participants in order to give them an experience of what it is like to be a daily bicycle commuter in the city of Copenhagen, through the 4km bike ride from the Hotel to the University.
The program contained a wide variety of activities related to the planning of modern cycling infrastructure. Amongst the contributors was The Municipality of Copenhagen, Consia Consultants, Copenhagen Traffic Police, Gehl Architects, COWI and The Danish Cyclists’ Federation.
The purpose of the Masterclass was to offer the participants knowledge and experience they could bring home and apply to their own cities. Therefore, the Masterclass specifically focused on the cultural differences between Copenhagen and large cities in Turkey, Brazil and Mexico. E.g. Anne Katrine Braagaard Harders who just finished her PhD in urban planning and sustainable mobility, held a workshop where the participants were asked to analyse different design solutions in different cities. In line with the fact that Copenhagen cannot be copied, the participants were asked to find ways of translating the designs they see in Copenhagen to the context of the cities they are working in.
After seven days of workshops, presentations and bicycle rides, the participants presented their studies and experiences from Copenhagen at the Danish Architecture Centre, where the farewell reception was held. Diplomas was handed-out to the participants and they had the opportunity to do some socializing and networking with the members of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark.
The Masterclass will now be evaluated in order to offer future participants the best of the Danish cycling know-how. You can read more about the Bikeable City Masterclass here, and see an example of the program here.