The city of Beijing has a clear vision to accelerate the integration of transport and urban planning with the aim of creating a vibrant and liveable city.
Central to shaping the city’s mobility system of tomorrow is a focus on the development of safe pedestrian and cycling friendly city to encourage sustainable and active transport.
World-class bicycle highway
Royal HaskoningDHV has been selected by the Beijing government to support the first phase to a more sustainable future and create a concept for a world-class cycling highway in Tongzhou, also known as the eastern gateway to the capital.
With the public sector of the Municipal Government shifting to Tongzhou district, it is anticipated that there will be significant growth and development within the compact urban space, making walking and cycling a viable means of transport and setting a sustainable example for the wider city.
Dutch legacy in cycling infrastructure
Bringing our Dutch legacy in world-class cycling infrastructure, Royal HaskoningDHV’s human-centred approach to cycling and non-motorised transport resonated strongly with the Beijing municipal government.
“Royal HaskoningDHV brings to this project world-class experience in sustainable transportation design that will support Beijing’s vision in creating a cycling friendly city. The Tongzhou Bicycle Planning Pilot is inspired by high quality Dutch design infrastructure and will play a transformative role in advancing green mobility within the city. We are delighted to embark on this collaborative partnership with the team at Royal HaskoningDHV and shape our transition to a safer and healthier city.”
Dr. Yang Jiang, Deputy Director for China Sustainable Transportation Center
Working in close collaboration with our partner China Sustainable Transportation Centre (CSTC), Royal HaskoningDHV will design the Tongzhou Bicycle Planning Pilot. The 2.7km cycling highway will connect Tongzhou’s municipal centre to the new neighbourhood, making it easier, safer and more accessible to commute by bicycle or foot, instead of using vehicles.
An integrated approach to cycling mobility
Royal HaskoningDHV’s pioneering approach to the mobility transition integrates well with the Beijing government’s vision.
“We take a three-pronged approach to cycling here at Royal HaskoningDHV. By bringing together world-class cycling infrastructure design, a relentless focus on human factors to change behavior and journey patterns, augmented by in-depth knowledge on cycling policy advisory, we are enabling cities like Beijing to take concrete steps today to create a greener, healthier and more sustainable future for everyone.”
Jasper Homrighausen, project manager at Royal HaskoningDHV
This is Royal HaskoningDHV’s third cycling project in China, cementing the company’s track record of taking Dutch expertise and adapting it for the local market.
Bike-friendly streets for Tongzhou
The Tongzhou Bicycle Planning Pilot include the conceptual design of a 2.7km cycling highway and a review of the design of bike-friendly streets in the neighbourhood to enhance conformity with the Dutch design standards when it comes cycling.
Cycling not only contributes significantly to urban mobility, road safety and emission reductions, but has also positive impacts on social inclusion and health.
It is envisaged that the pilot will become a popular highway when it is open to the public and act as an exemplar of sustainable mobility for the whole city, even the whole country.
Bicycle network of 2,300km
Beijing’s vision stretches long in the future. According to the Regulatory Plan for Beijing Tongzhou Sub-center 2016-2025, Tongzhou has a wider ambition to develop a bicycle network of 2,300km by 2035.
If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you to create a safe pedestrian and cycling friendly city to encourage sustainable and active transport, feel free to contact Jasper Homrighausen.