Bikes in Holland bridges Tulip Time and Green Commute Week

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Professor Lee Hardy of Calvin College will present “Making Way for Bikes: The Urban Bicycle Infrastructure of Amsterdam and Copenhagen” at the Bikes in Holland event at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Following his presentation, local residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on the Holland-Zeeland area’s new Non-Motorized Plan, which will be presented by Elisa Hoekwater of the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council. Bikes in Holland will be held in the renovated facilities of Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church in downtown Holland.

Hardy embarked on a two-week study tour of Amsterdam and Copenhagen in the summer of 2012. He interviewed city officials and bicycle advocates, took measurements, and recorded his experiences with both still and video photography. Hardy then crafted his observations into a 45-minute presentation which has also been viewed by the City of Grand Rapids Design Team (engineers and planners), the Michigan Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism, and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. He has been commuting by bicycle from the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids to Calvin College for thirty years.

Hoekwater is the Senior Transportation Planner at the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council. In addition to organizing the area’s popular Green Commute Week program, she is the primary author of the draft Non-Motorized Plan, which was approved by the MACC’s Policy Committee last week. The Plan is a collaboration between local units of government that seeks to allow safe and efficient travel through the area by creating a connected network of bicycle and pedestrian paths. The next phase in the non-motorized network addresses intersection improvements and on-road bike lanes. Hoekwater is currently working to develop the region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan for the year 2040, due early next year.

“Bikes in Holland explores a fascinating aspect of Dutch culture and considers how it could intersect with our own,” says event organizer Meika Weiss. “It’s a great way to both wrap up Tulip Time and begin Green Commute Week.”

Tickets for Bikes in Holland are $10 and are available online at http://www.bikesinholland.com or locally at Simpatico Coffee (714 Washington Ave., Holland) or MainStreet Beanery (209 E. Main St., Zeeland). A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $12.

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