On Thursday, April 3rd, the Dutch Cycling Embassy hosted a delegation from the city of Las Condes, Chile.
Las Condes is one of the 36 communities that make up the Greater Santiago area. Joining us in our Delft office was Cristian Palacios, Project Director for AMZORM, Oscar Arevalo, Director of Transit for Las Condes, and Carlos Larrain and David Jankelevich, Municipal Councilors for Las Condes. This was the first of a five-day study tour of Dutch cities—including Amsterdam and Utrecht—for which the Mayor of Las Condes, Joaquín Lavín will be joining them for the final two days. This visit was an initiative of Lavín’s, who has ambitious plans to make the streets of Las Condes much more bicycle friendly.
The group were welcomed by Marketing Manager Chris Bruntlett and Program Coordinator Nout Ramaekers, who provided an overview of cycling in the Netherlands, and how the DCE’s network of expert partners can assist them. This was followed by a presentation by MOVE Mobility’s Ruxandra Aelenei, whose traffic model has been used in cities around the world, to help make smarter decisions in the planning of their transportation networks.
The afternoon session ended with a lengthy discussion about the city’s upcoming plans to execute a number of “bicycle streets” on a trial basis, including traffic calming and the implementation of a 30 km/hr speed limit. Plans were hatched to see a number of similar “fietsstraten” in Amsterdam with Mayor Lavín when he arrives. We look forward to seeing how this new inspiration informs the implementation of their pilot project, and how our network can help take it, and make it a permanent part of Las Condes’s urban fabric.