AMS Unravelling Urban Pedestrian and Cycle Flows

In recent years, we have seen that cities are becoming increasingly busy, yet the space available has not increased to any significant extent. Besides this, in cities such as Amsterdam, the proportion of ‘slow traffic’ is steadily growing. Although there are many reasons to welcome this trend, the increase in pedestrian and cyclist flows is also causing problems.

AMS Institute and TU Delft recently started a new scientific program to unravel pedestrian and cyclist flows in cities. The kick off of this new program was a two day conference, 16 and 17 July, geared towards establishing the key societal and scientific challenges on this subject. Additionally, our purpose is to jointly think about approaches to increase this so called ‘slow mode mobility’, while at the same time ensuring that the negative side effects are kept within acceptable bounds.


Day 1

1.    The Economics of Biking – Erik Verhoef

2.    Trends in bicycle use – Lucas Harms

3.    Slow modes in strategic modeling – Stefan de Graaf

4.    The role of bicycles in urban planning – Marco te Brommelstoet

5.     Sharification and bike use – Kari Watkins

6.     Challenges in modeling bicycle flow – Winnie Daamen

7.     Fietsverwonderingen – Iris van der Horst

8.    Active Transport and Heath – Eline Scheepers

Day 2   

1.    Pedestrians and Crowds – Erik de Kievit and Jan Duffhues

2.    Crowdmanagement during large scale events – Aafke den Hollander

3.    Managing indoor and outdoor events – Robrecht Baving

4.    Challenges of Pedestrian Modelling in Urban Areas – Jeroen Steenbakkers

5.    Unravelling Urban Pedestrian and Cycle Flows – Erica Kinkel

6.    Social Data Sciences for Intelligent Cities – Geert-Jan Houben

7.    Train Station Design – Jeroen van den Heuvel