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Monday, November 26, 2012

Cost-benefit analyses also possible for cycling projects

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A switch from the car or bus to the bike has a positive social benefit that can vary from a few Euro cents per kilometre when switching from car to bike, to about 50 cents when switching from bus to bike. This is the result of an exploratory study to assess the application of cost-benefit analyses to cycling projects.

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First international conference on cycling safety: there is still much work to be done

Little is known about cycling accidents, even at an international level. This is the conclusion reached after the first International Cycling Safety Conference held on the 7th and 8th of November in Helmond, the Netherlands. The conference will have a follow-up next year.

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Zwolle opens a hotline for dangerous bike posts and bollards.

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Following Amersfoort, Zwolle has also set up a website where citizens can give their view on the usefulness and necessity of bike bollards. In Amersfoort this has already led to the removal of 90 superfluous bike bollards.

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In-depth study of cycling accidents

The SWOV has started conducting research into cycling accidents. The research institute is gathering detailed information related to these accidents involving cyclists aged 50 and above.

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Health is the most important reason for cycling

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The average cyclist in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region is older than 40, well educated, and frequently cycles more than 6 km per day according to research conducted by the urban council.

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An initiative to improve relations between recreational and speed cyclists

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Relaxed recreational cyclist and the fast-riding cyclists on cycling paths tend to get in each other's way. The Cycling Council in the province of Drenthe has recently run a campaign (via the website Vriendelijkverkeer.nl) to improve relations between recreational and racing cyclists during a recent recreational cycling event.

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The Netherlands boast almost 35.000 km of cycling paths

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In Holland there are almost 35,000 kilometres of cycling paths. This is the conclusion of research conducted by the Cycling Council using data from the Council’s route planner.

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Electric bike subsidy is successful

Subsidies apparently encourage people to buy electric bikes. About 650 employees from the Arnhem-Nijmegen area acquired an e-bike with a discount this summer. The Gent municipality subsidized the electric bike purchases made by 1200 of its citizens.

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Getting used to bicycle parking boats

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The municipality of Amsterdam has enlisted barges with bike racks to tackle the city´s bike parking problem. Even Amsterdam citizens have to get used to the concept.

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Amersfoort rolls out the red carpet

To counteract the bike-parking nuisance in the Papenhofstede, Amersfoort will start a red carpet trial. During this trial, a red carpet will be rolled out every Friday and Saturday evening to indicate that bicycles may not park on it.

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Signs with an edge

Dutch traffic signs will display white borders to improve their recognition by those who are colour-blind.

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Inadequate registration of cycling accidents hinders research on the lack of bicycle safety

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The lack of a good traffic accident registration system is one of the main hindrances to bringing the quality of research into cycling safety to a higher level. This is what the SWOV (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid) claims in its study entitled “From bicycle accident to taking measures: knowledge and gaps”.

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Zeeland: one in six with a helmet

The Zeeland helmet campaign Coole kop, helm op (“A cool head wears a helmet”) has led to 16% of children from the first to the fourth Dutch [elementary] school classes wearing helmets

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Not an entirely successful bike coaching initiative

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It’s a losing battle: the Amsterdam bike coaches that try to regulate bike parking do indeed achieve a more tidied street scene, but the result is not lasting and they cover only a limited area.

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Coloured zone parking trial for bikes

Cyclists can “colour park” their bikes in one of the coloured parking zones of the Zwolle train station. The first responses to this are positive and if they keep being so, then coloured parking zones will be implemented more frequently.

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Individual cycling paths for everyone

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 A rear-view camera or individually laser-lit cycling paths: these are among the e-safety applications that Dutch and European experts have labelled as “promising”.

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Dutch city Enschede gets mobile bike rack from Belgium

Enschede has acquired a mobile bike parking rack to be used for events and shopping evenings.

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I do not like cycling

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"I don’t like cycling" is often uttered by young immigrants in Amsterdam when asked why they don’t ride. An anthropological study investigating the reasons for riding or not riding the bike in the Amsterdam New West district confirms that it is not easy to give bike riding a better image within this group.

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Helmond tackles bike theft with the help of the Warning Bike

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Helmond has placed warning signs in 6 locations. The signs warn users of the risk of bike theft.

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Love Cycling Go Dutch in Manchester

The last of the successful series of four events about the Dutch cycling expertise in the UK.

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Recommendations UN agenda Sustainable Transport

The Dutch Cycling Embassy participates in the Technical Working Group to deliver recommendations for UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on sustainable transport in the framework of the Post 2015 UN Development Agenda. Participation by the Embassy is facilitated by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The Working Group met for the second time on 29 and 30 October in New York despite hurricane Sandy. Still 20 representatives from UN bodies, multilateral banks and international ngo’s could make it to come.

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Memorandum of Understanding with Association of Ecuadorian Municipalities

The Association of Ecuadorian Municipalities and the Dutch Cycling Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 7th of November in Groningen.

The aim is to deliver Dutch assistance to the development of bicycle policy plans at all three government levels

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Successful ThinkBike workshops in San Jose (CA) and Austin (TX) in October 2012

In the week of 22 to 26 October the Dutch Cycling Embassy, sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC, conducted two successful ThinkBike workshops in San Jose (CA) and Austin (TX). Reports will be published on this website in due time.

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US study tour in The Netherlands to look at Dutch cycling infrastructure

Twelve American city officials visited several cities in the Netherlands in the first week of October 2012, seeking ideas and inspiration for improving the quality and safety of transportation in their cities. The delegation included elected officials, transportation planners and engineers, and city policy-makers from Chicago (Illinois), Austin (Texas), Memphis Tennessee) and Washington DC.

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Dutch integration of cycling and public transport one of the themes at Danish conference on congestion reduction.

The friendly competition between Denmark and The Netherlands about the title ‘Best Cycling Country of the World’ doesn’t stop these countries to exchange and share experiences and to learn from each other.
Dutch cycling expert Tom Godefrooij contributed on 1 October 2012 to the Danish conference on ‘Congestion Reduction and Modernising of Infrastructure’. He talked about how the combination of cycling and public transport is being fostered in The Netherlands to improve door-to-door connectivity of the Dutch railway system.

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