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PSU Delft Summer Program

Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands
June 28 - July 11, 2014

This popular course offers students a unique learning opportunity. Open to PSU seniors and graduate students from all majors, students immerse themselves in the Netherlands and experience firsthand how pedestrian, bicycle, transit and auto modes can work together and complement each other in a truly liveable way.

Peter Koonce (The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation), the course's original creator, was inspired to develop the curriculum after guest lecturing for a Northeastern University course hosted at TU Delft in 2010. Koonce soon realized that he was involved in a course that he should have taken as an undergraduate, and he pledged to create the same experience for students at PSU.

"At the City of Portland, we had been talking about building better bicycle facilities, but it was hard to imagine them. By visiting with Dutch traffic engineers, you could ask them specific questions on what was working for them and how their design philosophies evolved over time."

Topics include Dutch bicycle facility planning and design, roundabout design, bicycle highways, transit networks, land use and zoning impact on transportation planning, and transit oriented development. In a typical day students meet for an introductory lecture at TU Delft, cycle to a nearby city for a tour led by local planners, engineers and politicians. Students work in small groups on a wiki-based project and also blog about their experiences as part of the course. 

A recent article about the course, which recounts the insights and experiences of some former course participants, can be found here.

CE 4/510 (5 credits)
Faculty: Dr. Robert Bertini (PSU), Dr. Peter Furth (NEU) 

More information about the course can be found here or by completing this simple form.

Applications are available through PSU Education Abroad.