Webinar on safe and climate friendly infrastructure in Sri Lanka

The Dutch Cycling Embassy sent out a request for a webinar in January 2021 for the country of Sri Lanka.

The Mayor of the capital Colombo is a great advocate of sustainable mobility and safety for cycling and walking in his city. For everyone, young and old, male and female, and despite the hot humid climate in Colombo. The Mayor supports a local group Ride for Life Sri Lanka. Other cities in the country have also become enthusiastic and have organized a webinar in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy and the Dutch Cycling Embassy.

On May 4th 2021, Manuela Studer (Goudappel B.V.), with the support of Iganga, presented the triple A-approach for a bicycle friendly city and region (AAA in Cycling), based on the experience of cyclists and future cyclists, adapted to the local context. You can download her presentation here.

The participation of cities and villages in Sri Lanka in the webinar was high: 50 participants, of which a number of executive leading persons. There were very good reactions from Sri Lanka to Manuela’s story. There are also concrete questions on the way from a province that wants to design and implement the first cycling highway in the country. Iganga is curious to see how things will progress and hope that with this webinar we have been able to contribute to sustainable mobility in Sri Lanka.

Iganga at Dutch Cycling Embassy

Goudappel and Iganga have been members of the Dutch Cycling Embassy (DCE) for years. This is an internationally operating organization with approximately 80 public and private partners. At the first quarterly meeting of DCE in 2021, Richard ter Avest was asked to present the Iganga activities during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Richards presentation focused on the successful Design Studio held in November 2020. He discussed the cases in Africa (Uganda), Asia (Myanmar) and Latin America (Peru). The presentation was well received and considered very inspiring. Some members of the DCE also reached out to Iganga afterwards, with the prospect of possible cooperation.

Click here to see the presentation (in Dutch), 37:30 min. – 47:00 min.

Online Iganga Design Studio

Due to the Covid-crisis in 2020, traveling between countries has been near to impossible. Since Iganga was not able to travel to some oversees countries, we decided to re-allocate the budget set aside for physical workshops abroad and explore a different approach to international support and cooperation. 

20 planners and designers from Goudappel and Move Mobility participated in the Iganga Design Studio on Wednesday 18 November 2021. The aim of the design studio was to create street designs for 4 cases from international cities around the world. The main focus is to design for safe and attractive streets, accessible for all. This means designing a street with good pedestrian and bicycle facilities, easy and safe crossings and in some cases facilities for bus stops and parking. This type of design Iganga sees as a reaction to the often wide roads, with a focus solely on car traffic, in fast growing cities in the Global South.

The following four cities were selected as case studies: Kampala in Africa, Yangon in Asia, Chiclayo in Latin America and San Francisco in the US (see figure 1). All cities have experienced totally different developments and the infrastructure available in these cities also differ.

After an introduction to design concepts, four design groups looked at the specific issues and possible design for their case. In the Kampala group, someone from the Mobility and Transport Department of the city of Kampala was also digitally present.

In a very short period of time, ambitions were set, networks developed and designs were made for the different streets. The designs were sent to our contacts in the four cities.

The designers and cities responded enthusiastically to the design studio. Therefore, Iganga aims to organize this afternoon again in 2021, as a prelude to a full MOOC course, where planners and designers from all over the world can participate.

Bicycle stalls on the move to Kampala

The inner city of Uganda’s capital has been car-free since last year, partly thanks to visionary designs by Goudappel-colleagues. With the ongoing lockdown indue to corona-measures, the need for better bicycle facilities has only grown. The city requires bicycle parking facilities, so cyclists can securely stall their valuable bikes. Kampala also wishing to take on the large scale production of stalls themselves. As part of a pilot project for the city, on the 4th of September, 300 bicycle stalls were shipped to Kampala via the port of Rotterdam. Falco from Vriezenveen has agreed to contribute € 7.500 and the city of Kampala (KCCA department) arranged the other € 7.500. Iganga arranges and pays the transport costs of about € 5.000. We expect the transport to arrive in Kampala via Mombasa in the beginning of October. We will keep you informed about the delivery and placement of the ‘Twentse’ bicycle stalls and we also keep you up to date on the usage of the stalsl once in place.

Mark Pruijsen, Falco and Richart ter Avest, Iganga

Iganga projects in spring 2020

The Corona pandemic has affected Iganga’s international work. Goudappel’s, Anne Koot was scheduled to travel to Chiclayo, Peru to hold a series of workshops focused on how to create more accessible, livable and sustainable cities. When the pandemic became a worldwide health crisis, Anne had to cancel her trip.  Anne plans to resume the Chiclayo project in 2021.

A workshop with the University of Paramaribo has also been postponed. The purpose of this workshop was to allow the Iganga board to assess which projects should receive support in 2020. Pascale Williams and Lennert Bonnier would have participated in this workshop alongside Anne Koot.

Several ideas and questions became apparent when the pandemic started.  In May, the Iganga board chose to focus on three projects for 2020.

Twekkelerveld, Enschede, The Netherlands

In Enschede, there is a project in a ‘low-income district’ Twekkelerveld with many refugees from Syria. This is a neighbourhood where many unemployed and single mothers with children live. One in five families cannot afford a bicycle for their child. A board ‘Samen Twekkelerveld’ (Together Twekkelerveld) was established to help communities work together to create a better and more attractive living environment. In addition, they are in the process of organising the ANWB Children’s Bicycle campaign, which collects, refurbishes, and donates children’s bicycles to children.

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Kampala, the capital of Uganda, requested that Goudappel help to install new bicycle parking facilities, which the city also hopes to produce themselves. Since the inner city of Kampala was been made car-free in 2019, more and more people are cycling. In the current pandemic, the highest-ranked general of their Army is even cycling! However, the bicycles in this metropolis are left everywhere and there many bikes are stolen because of a lack parking facilities. Together with the Falco company, Kampala has requested that a number of parking facilities in the form of “sheds” or “stalls”  be shipped to the city in order for the city to set up their own production line in Uganda. Goudappel will prepare a presentation for the 2022 world congress, Velocity, in Kampala.

Accessibility and livability in Marrakesh, Morocco

The city of Marrakesh in Morocco is searching for new ways to manage its many narrow streets (the Medina, Unesco heritage) that makeup its city centre. As Goudappel, we would like to develop an “inspiration book” for the city with proposals that describe how both cycling and walking could maintain accessibility and livability as well as contribute to local economy. This opportunity could also serve as an inspiration for including cycling as a priority in mobility policy in other cities in Africa.   Iganga is collaborating on this project with the Pikala foundation, which has been in Marrakech for several years.

We will keep you informed about the progress of these three projects.

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Tjitte, Pascale, Ilse, Eric en Richard

Mobility in Myanmar (bicycle friendly Yangon)

Chris Bartman and Richard ter Avest went to Yangon on behalf of Iganga (the MVO foundation of Goudappel Coffeng) from the 24th of November till the 2nd of December. Yangon is the old capital of Myanmar, a city with approximately 7 million inhabitants. They collaborated on the planning and design of a cycle friendly city. The design of a selected street will be executed as a pilot in March/April 2020.

Together with the local social enterprise Doh Eain (our home) they created a design for a protected bike lane. They did this in different workshops with various stakeholders, including users, interest groups and the local government. One of the most important outcomes of the workshops is that all the participants name safety as base for the designs. Because of the growing car traffic the space for pedestrians and cyclists becomes scarcer. That combined with parking problems, huge amounts of taxi’s and mainly bus drivers that terrorise the streets of Yangon.

In a couple of workshops and design sessions they achieved the following design: This pilot project will realise the first bicycle lane in Myanmar. Like many Asian countries, Myanmar has a renowend history of cycling for decades it was the main mode of transport. But since the economic growth of the country, the last few years show a major increase in car use and corresponding growth of car infrastructure. Those cycling now are the ones that “dare to cycle”, where the design of the protected bike lane contributes to a feeling of “invite to cycle”. In the pilot project they combine the protected bike lane with:

  • Improving the pedestrian crossability
  • Using the public spaces next to the bike lane for amongst others a bike shed and meeting place
  • Integration of a bus stop
  • Solutions for street parking

Along with the design, Chris and Richard together with the users and planners of the local government sketched a bike network. This network will form a proper base for an integrated and multi-modal netwerk for the whole city region.

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Visit provincial government of An-Najaf (Iraq) to the provincial government of Overijssel

In July a delegation from the Iraqi province of An-Najaf (southwest of Bagdad) visited the Netherlands. On July 5th they came to the capital city of Overijssel Zwolle. They were welcomed by Andries Heidema, the provincial executive chairman in Overijssel. The delegation consisted of the Head of Spatial Planning, the Head of transport and traffic planning, a lawyer and a technical designer. They were very  curious about the cooperation between municipalities, the province and national government and about taxes and budgets. They also wanted to know more about integrated planning of infrastructure, especially in sustainable mobility (SUMP on regional level). In Iraq one of the problems is, that mobility is approached very unilaterally. Only from the perspective of cars, not in conjunction with other modalities like transit and bikes. The other issue is that solutions in infrastructures are approached from only the local point of view, without having a broader Network plan or Mobility vision. Therefore, no integrated choices are made. In the meantime car-traffic is increasing very fast. This leads to safety problems: In the city of Najaf (1 million inhabitants) alone there were 300 traffic casualties over the last two years. For comparison: In the city of Amsterdam (850.000 inhabitants) there were 30 traffic casualties in the last two years.

The province of Overijssel shared her knowledge and experience in administrative cooperation,  planning of mobility and asset-management. The presentation about integrated planning (Vision of the Environment, Integrated Network Vision) was prepared by Richard ter Avest from the Iganga Foundation. The story was told by Mobility Team leader Karsten ten Heggeler from the Province of Overijssel.

The reactions of the Iraq delegations were very positive. They were very inspired by the way of working together with municipalities in Overijssel. The question is: will there be a cycle track in  Najaf soon? They see a lot of chances in the big cities, but a problem is the temperature. In summer temperatures can run up to almost 45 degrees Celsius. A car with airconditioning is more practical then and therefore more common.

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Online Course MOOC

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Iganga is currently developing a MOOC (Online course) with TU Delft called: “Envisioning and developing bicycle-friendly cities”. We see that there are many challenges facing developing countries in terms of mobility. The aim of this MOOC is to share knowledge, so that these issues are better addressed in the future. The target group for this MOOC is students and policymakers from around the world, who want to gain a better insight into the mobility of their city and look for ways to tackle local issues.

In February 2018, the first steps were taken within Iganga towards the organization of a MOOC in collaboration with TU Delft. This was followed up from March to May in the form of exploratory talks with various parties such as TU Delft, Delft Global Initiative and the Ministry of I&W. This has resulted in a core team consisting of Iganga, TU Delft and Delft Global Initiative who have jointly expressed their wish to further shape the MOOC. These parties can all make a fundamental contribution (financially, experience and knowledge) in organizing a MOOC. Furthermore, these parties are enthusiastic about making a substantive contribution to get the project off the ground. A program with an appropriate budget and planning was developed in June 2018.

However, it appears that getting the funding from TU Delft takes longer than originally planned. During the submission of the subsidy proposal, it appears that a second MOOC is being organized at the TU. This MOOC has an overlap with the course we are developing so extra coordination is necessary. And with success, some substantive adjustments ensure that both MOOCs are complementary to each other and can be offered together. An On-Boardingday in November, organized by TU Delft, ensures further coordination with the other MOOC and together with “E-learning developer” Johannetta Gordijn, the program was detailed further, and the subsidy proposal has taken its final form. As soon as the financing from TU Delft is complete, the MOOC can start.

Car Free Day Kampala (2019)

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, a car-free day took place in Kampala. This day was largely funded by the Iganga Foundation. Christine Kawuwa and Amanda Ngabirano of the UST Network have taken on the organization of the car-free day. The car free day was all about promoting sustainable mobility: residents could safely walk, skate and (learn to) cycle for free without being disturbed by motor vehicles. The positive aspects of cycling were revealed to residents via the ‘bicycle song’ and a promotional campaign. This is necessary for increasing bicycle use in Kampala, since the bicycle is still often associated with “a means of transport for poor people” and “a means of transport that causes women to lose their virginity.”

The day was a true success and started with a nice warm-up in the middle of Luwum Street. After that, people could cycle, walk and skate on Luwum Street between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm accompanied by music. Christine and Amanda speak of a very nice and successful day. They have the intention to regularly repeat the event in collaboration with Iganga.

Read the report: CAR FREE DAY 2019 REPORT Kampala

 

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Best of both worlds (2018)

In 2018, Iganga supported the artist/student Nodrine Shaz in Uganda. She makes extraordinary paintings. The management of Goudappel has decided to put one of her paintings on the New Year’s card of 2019 with the text: “A better living environment”.

Goudappel Coffeng is a sustainable organization. Day in, day out, we contribute with our mobility knowledge to a better living environment. But how we work and live ourselves also bears witness to this. This year too, new initiatives have been launched that we fully support. Consider, for example, the new theme “climate and energy” and the Iganga Foundation, which made a new start in 2018. Iganga contributes to sustainable mobility in developing countries. It does this primarily by stimulating knowledge development and transfer. The front of the New Year card is from Nodrine Shaz. She uses the income from her paintings and photographs to pay for her studies.

The board of Iganga has decided to further support Nodrine in her painting and her studies. Iganga will do this by ordering paintings for several locations in the Netherlands or by putting them on the website encouraging website visitors to also submit requests.

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