I love hearing from people who’ve been to the Netherlands, especially when its a visit to one of my favourite towns, Utrecht. In this week’s programme on 3CR Val and I were joined by Melbourne City Cr Cathy Oke. Cathy was recently on a study tour of the Netherlands, along with a dozen other Australians influential in policy and practice around urban mobility.
Based in Utrecht and visiting cities all over the country, the tour participants not only met local experts and heard about the role of cycling in urban transport but also got out on the streets on two wheels to see everything in practice. If you missed the show live you can tune in to the podcast here:
The tour was organised by the CPF in conjunction with the Netherlands Consulate. You can read Craig Woolridge’s (Department of Transport WA) report here.
Val and I had a studio guest lined up for this week’s show who, at the last minute, was unable to make it. It’s school holidays and the Flipster had accompanied me to the 3CR studio, so he became our studio guest!
He’s been reluctant to speak when in the studio before and was adamant this time that he didn’t want to say anything, but ended up joining in and by the end of the programme wanted to do it again. We may have started something!
Since the Dutchman and I had recently ridden the Great Victorian Rail Trail with the Flipster over three days, his first bicycle tour, we ended up talking about rail trails and bicycle touring for quite a while. A slight change of programme from what we had originally planned but needs must. And of course all the usual news and events. You can listen to the podcast of the show here.