Walkshops and Excursions

 

Experience a netwalk! (Tuesday)

Experience netwalking! A new way of networking -  Jessica Tunon, Washington DC
Get together at “Dinerpoint”  in Doelen-hall on Tuesday 8 October at 12.45.

 

Walkshops (Tuesday and Wednesday)

On Tuesday and Wednesday, next to the various break-out sessions and keynotes at the Doelen, a special part of the program will take place outside of the location for the congress. With the cooperation of multiple organisations and facets within the municipality of Rotterdam various so called walkshops (walking workshops) have been planned. Through these walking workshops a current issue, successful project or walking policy showcase will be shown, discussed and celebrated with the attendees.

 

Excursions (Thursday)

On Thursday various excursions have been planned, either to other cities within the Netherlands or locations in Rotterdam further away from De Doelen. Each hosting city, ranging from smaller neighbouring cities to partners within the G5 (the five big municipalities), within these excursions has something to show, something to ask or something to tell on the issue of walkability. Whether it’s a new to be developed area with the focus on the pedestrian or a way to connect with foreign and domestic policymakers, these excursions promise to entice the attendees and hopefully use their knowledge and enthusiasm to further their development.

 

Touristic tours (Monday)

Next to the existing Deep Dive sessions where you will explore various interesting subjects, we offer another way to explore a vastly different but equally important subject: the city of Rotterdam! Various local parties have offered to take the visitors who arrive on Monday on tours through our beautiful city. The tours will start at the congress location.

All three parties have different styles and themes of tours, so there’s a fit for everyone!

Around010 Citywalk

Rotterdam, make it happen! 
Around010 will take you into the city and show you the local side of Rotterdam. 010 being the area code of the city makes you understand what the guides from Around010 tend to do…
In a 2 hour walk you will get to know Rotterdam, her history, hotspots, current development and her inhabitants. Make it happen is the official city slogan, we will show you where this comes from. Walking through the citycenter and her historic grounds you will experience the special vibe of Rotterdam. All the hidden gems, hotspots and unknown stories will be part of this original and local citytour. Rotterdam is international, raw and entrepeneurial. Streetart, public art as well as musea will pass on our cultural part of the walk. Do you want to get to learn all about the city and see the hidden side? The best way to do so during Walk21 is take the citywalk with the guides of Around010!
More info www.around010.nl or social media @around010

 

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Rotterdam Discovery Tours

Tours with the wet T! 
What could be more fun than discovering a city with an enthusiastic local guide? Then this is the place for you! Our guides have a real Rotterdam wet T (iconic local dialect).
Rotterdam is a city that doesn't give away its secrets easily; in Rotterdam you really have to go on a discovery tour. 
The Rotterdam Discovery Tours guides would like to share the secrets of Rotterdam with you. Therefore we have adapted our tours to the guests: in addition to the regular city walk we have a somewhat bawdy uncensored city walk, but also tours especially for the blind, Americans, children and even... Amsterdammers! We look forward to welcoming you to the most beautiful city by nature!

 

Gilde Rotterdam
Take a more traditional tour through our beautifully rebuild city. These experienced volunteers tell their story from their own experience after seeing the city being rebuild and evolve with their own eyes. This tour is catered to the visitor who is interested in history, culture and architecture. (www.gilderotterdam.nl)

 

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Burgerpanel (Citizenpanel)
 - 
De Doelen

The Burgerpanel (Citizen Panel) walkshop will highlight locations that are unclear or unsafe for pedestrians, as well as locations that are already well-suited for pedestrians. This walkshop will focus on how the role of the cyclist relates to that of the pedestrian.


 

 

 


 

Nieuwe Binnenweg redesign
 - 
De Doelen

In this walkshop we pay a visit to the Nieuwe Binnenweg. Here we will discuss the new approach to this popular area’s resign through which we will come to a new design together. An inspiring and entertaining way of collectively rethinking this part of Rotterdam where we want to employ your creativity and experience!

 

 

City Lounge Central District
 - 
De Doelen

More space for pedestrians and less for the car! A walk from Central Station to Coolsingel and back via Kruisplein, Schouwburgplein, Kruiskade or Aert van Nesstraat. The walk will show how Rotterdam is creating a pedestrian area within the city centre by redesigning the station quarter, squares, city streets and city boulevards. 

Travel time (one way): 15 minutes on foot  

 

 

Coolsingel redesign
 - 
De Doelen

A tour of the famous Coolsingel, focusing on the space the new design devotes to pedestrians,whether for a stroll, shopping, celebrations or remembrance.

 

Travel time (one way): 15 minutes on foot  

 

 

MUV: an innovative approach to new urban mobility behaviours
 - 
De Doelen

We would like to start with an open discussion of the daily experiences of mobility in one's own city and of the motivations that lead people to change their habits. Then we will introduce the MUV project as well as the values on
which it is based and give participants the opportunity to test it during the walk. 

 

 

Nieuwe Maasparcours
 - 
De Doelen

The Nieuwe Maasparcours is a 28-kilometre trail that runs along “de Rotterdamse Maas” river (the Meus). The ubeatable view can be enjoyed whilst walking, cycling, jogging or travelling by other means. You can cross the bridges, go through the tunnel or take a boat from anywhere along the river. In this walkshop we will walk a segment of the trail, to show you the bridges and river that make Rotterdam so proud.

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes on foot  

 

 

Walk the talk (Air Quality City Lab)
 - 
De Doelen

The team from the Stadslab Luchtkwaliteit (Air Quality City Lab) will guide participants along the big traffic arteries around the city centre. Whilst walking, we will hold short workshops to challenge participants to dream big about a future in which it is the pedestrian who decides how the streets are laid out. We look forward to hearing participants’ dreams and visions for the future. Green and
healthy.

 

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes on foot.

 

 

Workwalk
 - 
De Doelen

This walkshop will discuss the theme of the walkshop itself, where the synergy between walking, talking and working will be subject of discussion. As well as the dynamics of walking meetings and through which you can generate intelligent solutions for practical problems. We will be talking about exploring the use of technology and the environment to facilitate walking meetings.

 

 

 

 

Promote sustainable cities through orienteering
 - 
De Doelen

This walkshop will discuss the theme of the walkshop itself, where the synergy between walking, talking and working will be subject of discussion. As well as the dynamics of walking meetings and through which you can generate intelligent solutions for practical problems. We will be talking about exploring the use of technology and the environment to facilitate walking meetings.

 

 

Hart van Zuid
 - 
De Doelen

Cities of the future have it all. They're lively, reachable for all modes of transportation and have a welcoming public space adapted to the needs of all sorts of people. They also market sports, culture and participative events. Future proof cities are green, propose sustainable energy, offer enough room for housing and excel through a flourishing local economy in which everybody can participate.

With the area development project Hart van Zuid (Heart of South) we tryt o implement all of the above in a part of Rotterdam-South  that will become the next city centre of Rotterdam by 2022. We therefore plan to radically change Zuidplein's public space and in addition: build and transform real estate, invest in sustainable energy projects and a large scaled social program. 
 

Want to know more? Walk with us and we will happily show you where our heart is!

 

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes by public transport


 


 

 

 

Benthemplein, Regentuin, Dakpark
 - 
De Doelen

The walkshop contains a walk through the centre of Rotterdam, where we go to different climate-adaptive adaptations. Think of a water square, the rain garden and the underground water storage. In the meantime, I will tell you more about how Rotterdam deals with climate extremes and there will be plenty of room to ask questions during the walk.


 

 

 

Roofvisit Rotterdam Central Station
 - 
De Doelen

During this exclusive walkshop you will be taken behind the scenes of one The Netherlands’ biggest stations: Rotterdam Central Station. Peter de Jong has over 30 years of experience working for the NS (National Railways) and will take you to places most people have never seen: the inside of the iconic roof of the station, the logistic halls beneath the station and a bird’s eye view of the lobby. A truly unique experience, but not for the faint of heart: A good physical condition is required to navigate the stairs and halls within the
Station. 

Travel time (one way): 15 minutes on foot  

 

 

Alexanderknoop
 - 
De Doelen

We show how the Alexanderknoop was designed in the 1980s with the car in mind, and how pedestrians were hardly granted any space. We also reveal some of the plans for the future, showing how we will put pedestrians first in an integrated area strategy.

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes on foot  

 

 

Streets for Kids
 - 
De Doelen

In this walkshop attendees will walk the streets of Rotterdam from the perspective of young children and their caregivers. Participants will have an opportunity to role-play as children and caregivers while using props like a special “periscope mask” that will allow them to explore, access, and walk city Streets from the perspective of babies, toddlers, and those who care for them. Attendees will be guided around the conference venue by the NACTO-GDCI and the Bernard van Leer foundation Urban95 teams to foster discussions and propose design changes to streets with a focus on creating an inclusive city where families thrive and all children can have a good start in life.

Bewegen in de buurt Crooswijk (walkable neighbourhood)
 - 
De Doelen

Join us on a walk to the typical Rotterdam neighbourhood of Crooswijk. We will be walking along the Rotte river, the eponym of Rotterdam. During this walk, we will visit different walkability interventions from different decennia in the area and discuss how these interventions can be applied in different contexts.

Travel time (one way): 15 minutes on foot  

 

 

Walking in shared space
 - 
De Doelen

During the excursion participant see how urban designers of the city of Rotterdam slowly and carfully have realised places where walking is becoming the main mode of transport. This means that one has to struggle with the need of connectivity, inclusiveness and the interests of many groups.

We make a walk from the conference-location to some places to feel, see and discuss with each other if Shared Space is a possibility and how steps can be made to improve the situation for pedestrians and spatial quality.  

We end the excursion at a market place, where we can see how different modes of traffic are mixed and the public space is used for all kind of functions and aims. At this location we explore also a big challenge for the city of Rotterdam to connect this place with an older high quality public space; how can Rotterdam show it’s beautiful and attractive waterfront?

Travel time (one way): 15 minutes on foot  

 

 

Engaging communities through walking art
 - 
De Doelen

What are local people’s thoughts and feelings about living in Rotterdam? How does it feel as a visitor here traversing the city?

We will use the walk to investigate the historical, and contemporary use of the area, heading where possible off the beaten track to take in some of the urban creative locations, and to find out what local people have embraced or rejected. We will set out to investigate this through this walk, with temporary installation, participation and conversation. I hope to engage with local people and artists to help me create my exploration of the city.

I would like to invite attendees to use their senses as we walk the route to interpret the spaces in a new way, to see, hear, smell and absorb the environment and look at it in new ways or re-evaluate how they see their everyday surroundings. There are no right or wrong answers and the walk is open to all.

Gezond Natuurwandelen (Healthy Nature walking)
 - 
De Doelen

The Dutch foundation Gezond Natuurwandelen (Healthy Nature walking) organizes free one-hour hikes in the countryside and outskirts of cities every week. The walks are supervised by volunteers, who also tell something about  the surrounding nature along the way. It is primarily meant for people who would like to get some more exercise, but anyone who likes to go out with a group is very welcome.

During Walk21 Ronald van Zon has proposed to organize a walkshop to take you on one of these healthy nature walks and to explore nature within Rotterdam, but also to discuss the benefit of walking and nature on both one’s physical and mental health.


 

 

 

Sneaky fitness
 - 
De Doelen

On this walk we aim to look at the outdoor space with a different view – because we will be doing a guerrilla graffiti chalking campaign. We aim to paint small, fun exercise related imagery on the sidewalks, at a range of locations in the area surrounding the Doelen. Both tourist and local residents no longer have to walk to sports facilities to get access to exercise equipment, because we will make them for them! We hope that through these “sneaky fitness” nudges they will be challenged to play around on the equipment we paint for them, while they’re getting from A to B in the city centre.


 

 

 

Bewegen in de buurt Bloemhof (walkable neighbourhood )
 - 
De Doelen

Bloemhof is a pre-WWII neighbourhood. At the beginning of the 20th century, labour migrants from “Zeeland” and
“Noord-Brabant” came to live here. Afterwards many Turkish and Moroccan immigrant workers moved to Bloemhof. It is a real urban quarter, with monuments (Kiefhoek and the Patrimonium's Hof), but a challenging area to promote walking. Especially the quality of life and social activation are the challenges here. We are very curious about your insights during and after the walkshop, as we aim to learn from your expertise and opinions.

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes by public transport

 

 

Hoogkwartier Mobility Challenge + Mariniersweg
 - 
De Doelen

A walkshop through the Hoogkwartier, during which we will tell the story of the neighbourhood (citizen initiative, Mobility Challenge Hoogkwartier, delivery streets, Mariniersweg and the possibilities for the future). We will focus on more public spaces, more space to walk.

Travel time (one way): 15 minutes on foot  

 

 

Approach to accessibility in public spaces
 - 
De Doelen

During this walkshop regarding accessibility for visually or physically impaired we will discuss the guidelines we currently use and how the design process works, for instance in terms of consultation on ‘010 accessible’. We will then visit two or three projects and explain the dilemmas present to participants by having them us items such as a wheelchair or a blindfold, to get a better understanding of the challenges.  

Travel time (one way): 15 minutes on foot  

 

 

De Groene Connectie (The Green Connection)
 - 
De Doelen

De Groene Connectie is a connected, walkable route around Delfshaven that links 20 green initiatives together. During this walkshop we will explore part of the route and discuss the challenges regarding connecting green zones both within
the city and outside of the side, on a social and physical level.
In collaboration with Natuurmonumenten.

Travel time (one way):  30 minutes by public transport


 

 

 

Rotterdam Central District Luchtsingel
 - 
De Doelen

On the eve of the latest developments, take a 60-minute walk on, under, along and above all the projects realised by ZUS, a Rotterdam based company who develops sensible urban areas. Together with a guide you will discover how the area is still changing and what the most recent plans are. The 400-metre-long Luchtsingel forms the connecting element with which ZUS managed to breathe new life into a decaying and isolated part of the city.

Travel time (one way): 15 minutes on foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De Rotte moves you
 - 
Oude Luxor

The Rotte is the river which gave its’ name toRotterdam. However, it is widely surpassed by the Maas with its majestic banks, waterfronts and the Erasmusbrug. The city hasn’t even begun to explore the Rotte’s opportunities and meaning to city life. The Foundation strives to enhance its impact, both in livelihood, for education, recreation, nature and climate adaptation, etc. Important places where its vision and the rivers’ opportunities will be discussed: a current backwater at one of Rotterdam’s busiest intersections: Leuvekolk, at the corner of Blaak and Coolsingel, the future Rif010 area near the Markthal, the podium at Grotekerksplein with the Laurenskerk, the leisure piers near the Meent, the river crossing with infrastructure barriers (Goudsesingel), Noordplein (connecting the square with the river bank), the Crooswijkse Bocht (place-making, recreating nature in the city) and the monumental Crooswijk graveyard (to be re-opened towards the water, made into a public space).

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes by public transport

 

 

From pedestrian to walker
 - 
Oude Luxor

This excursion will take you from Lage Bergse Bos and Hoge Bergse Bos to Zevenhuizerplas (or vice versa). Along the way we will walk along a section of the proposed Boswachterspad (a new concept from Staatsbosbeheer, the Dutch Forestry Service) in the Lage and Hoge Bergse Bos, and we look forward to discussing the topic of (creating) attractive green spaces for walking in the urban environment and making them accessible. The walk will be led by the forester for the Rottemeren. If there’s time, we’ll travel to the area by public
transport. If not, we’ll arrange for a bus.

 

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes by public transport


 


 

 

 

A tour of Stadionpark
 - 
Oude Luxor

The Stadionpark tour is a recreational route through the Stadionpark, together with three sub-routes. We will walk part of the Stadionpark tour (not yet completed) and part of the sub-route through Twee Heuvels park (Two Hills park, partly
completed). This will give participants a good idea of the design principles that have been applied to the whole route, and of how the route could work.

 

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes by public transport

 

 

Way out west
 - 
De Doelen

It is all about 'power to the people' in the Oude Westen, a neighbourhood in Rotterdam's city centre, located near congress centre De Doelen. The residents' organization Aktiegroep het Oude Westen has existed for almost 50 years and is a real breeding ground for residents' initiatives. Many residents work together to improve their neighbourhood. They are committed to creating a socially and physically sustainable neighbourhood. Anything from a neighbourhood garden that has been around since the seventies, to a brand-new way of constructing green rooftops and solar panels. During the walk, we will present some projects and initiatives and we will meet some locally active residents. We also want to engage congress visitors in a conversation about working on an

inclusive neighbourhood. During the walk, we will discuss our approach to connecting people.

 

Travel time (one way): 15 minutes on foot

 

 

City Lounge Places for People
 - 
De Doelen

Within this walkshop one of our most experienced Inner city managers will take you on a walk through Rotterdam’s ever developing inner city. Rotterdam has transformed the inner city into a City Lounge over the past ten years. Many streets and squares have transformed into appealing places. We will walk along some of the major redevelopments as well as on of the latest experiments along West Blaak where parkingspots have been replaced for parklets and green. And be prepared! During this walkshop you will be part of a tactical intervention in front of the conference venue.


 

 


 

 

 


 

Amsterdam
 - 
Oude Luxor

Station Amsterdam Zuid is one of the busiest stations in the Netherlands, with an exceptional amount of commuting traffic due to its location in relation to the popular business area the Zuidas. Now, with the pedestrian in mind, a redevelopment has been started, which combines greenery and convenience for travellers in order to optimally connect work with travel and residing.

 

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes by public transport

 

The Hague
 - 
Oude Luxor

On Thursday 10 October we welcome you for an excursion through The Hague. We will take you along a walk past old and new buildings, through secret doors and special public spaces. The walk goes from station to station and goes right through both the historic old and the vibrant new city centre. We will show you the Resident (the political heart of The Netherlands) and The Hague’s famous  town hall, but also the courtyard and the historic and new Passage should not be missed. The walk starts at The Hague Central Station and ends at The Hague Hollands Spoor. The last part of the walk follows the "Loper Oude Centrum" which is a newly designed area with the pedestrian in mind. At the town hall we will give a presentation about The Hague’s adaptation to a car-free city centre


 

Travel time (one way): 1 hour by public transport



 

 

 

Utrecht – Dutch City Policies
 - 
Oude Luxor

Utrecht is rapidly growing, which means the city is investing more and more in sustainable mobility and healthy urban living. This incorporates walking as a healthy way to get around. To reach these goals in an ever-growing city we sometimes have to make serious choices about the existing space. Our aim is to use this excursion to show participants some of these choices. We will take walkers to
several different mobility projects that focus on pedestrians. The redesign projects show how space in the historic inner city is increasingly being returned to pedestrians (and cyclists). 


 

Travel time (one way): 1 hour 15 minutes by public transport



 

 

 

Delft
 - 
Oude Luxor

This excursion takes the group from the most modern station in the Netherlands (Delft Central Station) to the most underdeveloped station in the Netherlands (Delft Zuid Station – soon to be rebranded as Delft Campus Station). The group will be given a guided tour of Delft Central Station, after which a presentation will be given in the Town Hall (which is conveniently located within the station) about the assignment that Station Delft Campus currently has. The group will then walk through the Schieoevers district to Delft Zuid Station, where we would like to discuss the following case: "how can a better layout of the public space contribute to connecting the four neighbourhoods that are now separated by the station?

 

Travel time (one way): 45 minutes by public transport


 

Schiedam
 - 
Oude Luxor

During this excursion we would like to highlight and discuss the day-to-day use and experience of pedestrian routes in and approaching the centre of Schiedam. Using Schiedam’s historic features, we show the challenges and opportunities for pedestrians in terms of walking routes between the station and the centre and opportunities for improvement (last mile), as well as in terms of pedestrian routes from surrounding neighbourhoods into the centre of Schiedam. Measures have already been taken – and other measures are in the design phase – for certain routes in the city centre, too, to make walking around the historic harbours and the shopping area an attractive prospect.

 

Travel time (one way): 30 minutes


 

 

Natuurmonumenten
 - 
Oude Luxor

The aim of this excursion is to introduce people to nature and green initiatives in the city, and to connect the city with nature in the surrounding area. This excursion begins at the congress location at Oude Luxor and connects some inner city highlights with the Rotterdam countryside (sites of Natuurmonumenten) on the northern edge of Rotterdam. The excursion ends at the Melkschuur in the Zuidpolder, near Rodenrijs station. The walk has a length of 10 km and takes about 4 hours, so bring your walking shoes!  

 

Travel time (one way): Start from Oude Luxor, return 30 min by public transport

Eindhoven
 - 
Oude Luxor

After our introduction (Walk21Munich2013) and presentation (Walk21Vienna2015), we are looking forward to taking participants behind the scenes at ‘Eindhoven op weg’ (Eindhoven on the way), one of the city’s initiatives aimed at tackling the serious challenge of increasing urban density in and around the centre of the Brainport region. How can we make sure the city continues to be an attractive, liveable, healthy and accessible place to be? This session takes a look at the vision, the projects and the implementation.

 

 

Travel time (one way): Start from Oude Luxor, return 1 hour 30 minutes by public transport

Scheveningen
 - 
Oude Luxor

For this excursion to The Netherlands' most famous beach resort the boulevard managers of Scheveningen have an interesting program incl. walk in mind. Topics such as Kust Gezond, the Morales boulevardBeelden aan Zee, the boulevard during summer and last but not least the developments of "The Pier". All these topics together form the refinement from the most popular tourist destination of our country to a liveable, accessible environment. With art, character and the pedestrian as a central starting point, the boulevard of Scheveningen has been transformed into a place where people love to come all year round.