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The bike as a feeder system to the train system

A talk by Marco te Brömmelstroet and others about how neither the Bike nor the train themselves are a viable transport alternative, but how they together are much more than the sum of their parts:

Nine Arguments for seeing bicycle-train as one mobility system

Biking increases the catchment area of train stations, allowing an increase of the distance between stops for stop-trains, and consequently also for all higher-order trains. This speeds up the train system, making it a lot more attractive and a lot more viable.

Both bike-use and train-use increase, making the high-density urban environment more liveable and attractive as well.

Helstraat, Amsterdam, 1978
The same place, 40 years later (2015, so it’s 37 years really)
Published inAls Deutscher in den NiederlandenPost Car Society


  1. johannes

    Unfortunately elderly and other impaired people can’t use a bike. They depend on a dense public transport system. A public transport system used by only few can’t be dense.
    I’m waiting for the day that a major player with enough capital (Alphabet? Apple?) Rolls out an autonomous transport system for a city, where I simply pick car size for my current need (small for going Ikea, then the big loading area home and then the one with many seats to take the family to a restaurant since the new kitchen isn’t ready, yet) which picks me up a few moments later and delivers me right in front of the target location (which at large scale leads to congestions again, while such a system could resolve that more efficiently and might be risky about monopolizing transport in the private sector)

  2. Nicolai

    Trains that you cannot take a bike onto are much less useful – and a train you cannot take a bike onto at rush hour is a train you cannot take a bike onto. This is almost all trains.

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