Here’s a great new video documenting the progress that Rotterdam is making to become a nicer, more productive place. The city is rapidly expanding and improving it’s cycle network. Currently bicycle mode share is *only* 20%. They are also extending their light rail network and have a magnificent new central rail station with parking for 5,000 bikes.
What’s interesting about Rotterdam is that it doesn’t have a precious old town centre that people sometimes correlate with high bicycle use in the Netherlands. Rotterdam’s downtown was largely destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt using a car focused model including wide streets and copious amounts of car parking (and even a classic Traffic In Towns pedestrian mall). In many ways, Rotterdam looks like a new world city, so it is a useful reference to observe how cycleways are being inserted into the street network and how the transportation system is evolving to move more people and to be attractive to people living downtown.
The City recently announced it’s Transit Vision 2018-2040 (PDF) which reinforces priority for cycling and transit by increasing metro and train frequencies, and adding additional cycle links and river crossings.