Green Lane Project
Learning from the Best
The Green Lane Project assembles policymakers, transportation professionals and senior staff from the focus cities to study, experience and be inspired by the most advanced bicycling environments in Europe and North America. Intensive hands-on policy and design workshops cover topics such as protected bike lane design, building political and popular support, and employing bicycling as a tool to add economic and social value to neighborhoods. Green Lane Project focus cities also participate in domestic best practices-sharing gatherings and additional training opportunities. Professional exchanges among peer cities and international experts inspire new adaptations of proven practices that lead to lower-stress streets and more vibrant cities back home.
Pro Walk Pro Bike
Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place is coming to Pittsburgh this September and the Green Lane Project will be there – we hope you will be, too! In collaboration with many city and advocacy partners, we are spearheading a Green Lane track that will provide a wealth of information on getting more protected bike lanes on the ground across the country. Learn more about this premier conference for walking, biking, and placemaking and check out the Green Lane sessions. We have a special conference rate of $535 available until July 11.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is conducting a one-day training on its Urban Bikeway Design Guide right before the conference starts, on Monday, Sept. 8. The NACTO training cost is $150 and is listed as an additional option on the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/ProPlace registration. This technical training is geared toward engineers who are working on the design of protected bike lanes and related projects, but it is open to anyone.
2014 Northern European Study Tours
World-Class Transportation in Action - Green Lane Project Study Tours
Dutch and Danish cities are internationally renowned for their safe and efficient multi-modal transportation networks, successful urban design, and strong local economies. Experiencing a fully realized, mature bicycle transportation network up close is an invaluable and transformative step for city leaders as they work to “translate” model practices from European experience to unique American streets. The delegation of transportation professionals and city officials will spend time with local and international experts in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Malmo, Sweden and other model cities on a fact-finding mission of best practices for everyday bicyclng and high-quality city life.
Participation in these events is limited to invited delegates from the Green Lane Project focus cities
Typically, 4 delegates per city will join each trip. More information for prospective participants.
The Netherlands, September 21-27, 2014
Participating cities: Atlanta, Boston, Seattle
Custom international study tours are available for alumni cities or any group of professionals that is interested in drawing ideas and inspiration from Northern Europe. Contact Zach Vanderkooy for pricing and more information.
Study tour alumni are invited to join the LinkedIn group to stay in touch with European hosts and fellow delegates.
Previous Green Lane Project Study Tours and Workshops
Green Lane Project 2 National Kick-off Summit, April 28-29, 2014 Indianapolis, IN
Leadership and staff from the newly-selected six focus cities of Green Lane Project 2 joined United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to officially launch the two-year project, define priorities and goals, and examine Indianapolis' network and plans for protected bike lanes.
Inspired by a successful 2012 visit with the Green Lane Project, Chicago looked to Scandinavia for ideas and inspiration on a custom Chicago-only study tour. The windy city is a leader in adapting European-style urban design innovations in the American context.
World-Class Transportation in Action - Denmark and the Netherland, 2012-2013
Since 2009, More than 200 city leaders and professionals have participated in European fact-finding expeditions. Green Lane Project city leaders visited both Denmark and the Netherlands in 2012-2013. Experiencing a fully realized, mature bicycle transportation network up close is an invaluable and transformative step for Green Lane Project city leaders as they work to “translate” model practices from European experience to unique American streets.
The Future of Green Lanes - Portland, OR, 2013
As the first round of the Green Lane Project neared its conclusion, leaders from the six founding cities strategized on how to accelerate the institutionalization and mainstreaming of next-generation, protected bike lanes.
Green Lanes Equity Summit - Austin, TX, 2013
A two-day gathering of transportation professionals, policymakers and community leaders from the six Green Lane Project cities. The focus was on building support for protected bike lanes and related improvements in low-income and historically underserved neighborhoods.
Showcasing a U.S. Model - Minneapolis, MN, 2012
The workshop highlighted the Minneapolis example as a national leader in bicycle transportation engineering, promotion and policy. Minneapolis was declared the 2012 best city in America for bicycling by Bicycling Magazine — one out of every 20 trips in the City is made on a bicycle. Topics included the pioneering bikeshare program, NiceRide, as well as lessons learned in funding, designing and implementing state-of-the-art transportation projects.
Green Lanes by Design - New York, NY, 2012
New York is an established national leader in the design and operations of modern U.S. protected bike lanes. This intensive, in-depth workshop paired transportation engineering leaders from the GLP focus cities with peers from the New York City Department of Transportation to discuss design challenges and share best practices in the rapidly evolving field of on-street protected bikeway design.
Other Training Opportunities - Partner Events
Focus cities are eligible for workshops offered by Green Lane Project partners, including:
- NACTO Cities for Cycling Road Shows
- Dutch ThinkBike Workshops
- Webinars and trainings from the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals
- Other workshops: Depending on the specific needs of the focus cities, the Project also assists with small grants for training opportunities, or offers subsidies for city staff to attend professional conferences.