Maybe you’ve seen the advertisements, while you were dodging cars on your way to campus. Enschede wants every trip under five kilometers to be taken by bike, instead of by car. But: Enschede is not as much of a cycling city as it purports to be, according to student columnist Niels ter Meer.
The campus of the University of Twente will turn into a 30 km/h traffic zone. Nearly all roads will be reconstructed, red bicycle lanes will be added and several intersections will be changed. The main entrance to the campus will turn into an oval roundabout. The constructions will begin in June 2021.
Lisa Waldera (25) is a master’s student Communication Studies from Bremen, Germany. For three years now, she’s been living on campus. Next to her study, she regularly visits the cinema and enjoys concerts of all music genres. Every other week she writes about her life at the University of Twente.
Many Dutch people go cycling on ‘Hemelvaart’ (Ascension Day). Two UT students Radhika Kapoor (Creative Technology) and Thijs Hamstra (Advanced Technology) took it a step further and decided to bike to Paris. In three days. ‘It hurt a lot. You need to train your butt for this,’ says Kapoor.
Over twenty broken bikes and students eager to repair them filled the DesignLab, during yesterday’s ‘Fix Your Bike’ workshop. We wandered around to find out how international students are adjusting to their new cycling lifestyle and get the organizer’s tips on how to deal with damaged bikes.
The average Dutch city dweller can be frequently spotted on a bike, just like its Danish counterpart. But why did cycling become popular in certain places and not in others and how did municipalities seek to promote or curtail it? Adri Albert de la Bruhèze (STePS), historian, sociologist of technology and editor of the recently published book Cycling Cities tells all.
There may be nine million bicycles in Beijing, but Enschede also has a sufficient number of bikes to need a solid policy on how to accommodate them best. Sander Veenstra is developing an application to support the city council in their decision making.
Bicycles at the O&O-square which are not parked in the racks are once again being removed. This measure, which was put into practice last week, is part of a research project carried out by three UT students and the Facility Department with the aim of solving the bicycle problem at the O&O-square. Maybe the square will eventually even become bicycle-free.