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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Amsterdam municipality caters to a growing number of cyclists

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Amsterdam will invest € 57 million in facilities for cyclists, until and including 2016. In the period until 2020, the municipality will construct 38,000 new bicycle parking places and at least 15 kilometres of red cycling paths on the most dangerous roads.

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Bicycle use can increase over 20 percent by pedelecs

The Kennisplatform Verkeer en Vervoer [Transport Knowledge Resource Centre] analysed the potential of the pedelec for commuting to all major cities in the Netherlands. Certain locations can expect a 20% increase in cycling due to the advent of bicycles with electric support.

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Bike airbag tested in crash test

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A special Bike Crash Airbag was successfully demonstrated at the Automotive Campus in Helmond. This airbag is the result of research commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the Dutch Cyclists' Union in order to improve the traffic safety of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

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Rewarding the bike trip to the sport club

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Bike the Track / Track the Bike is an EU project designed to stimulate children to ride their bikes to the sports club, cinema, or theatre. They are tracked with GPS and are awarded points accordingly.

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Special website for reporting slippery bike paths

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Winter slipperiness is an important reason for single bicycle accidents. In order to better combat slippery conditions on bike paths, Fietsberaad has had the website gladdefietsroutes.nl [slipperybikepaths] developed. Zaanstad is the first city to take advantage the website.

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Groningen gives cyclist the green light more often when it rains

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In the city of Groningen, new traffic lights are fitted with a rain sensor. The sensor equiped lights will grant cyclists a passage more frequently in rain or snow. This was decided following the positive evaluation of a trial.

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More facts about the electric bike

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In Holland, about 5% of the men and 8% of the women own an electric bike. Four out of ten electric bike owners are over 65.

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Cycling roads are now part of Belgian law

Although Belgium only boasts two bicycle roads so far, it puts itself ahead of Holland. This is because the bicycle road was formally given official status by Belgian Royal Decree last month.

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Overweight people emit more CO2

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British research shows a correlation between obesity and CO2-emission. One reason could be that heavy people walk and cycle less than others.

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Introduction of paid bicycle parking leads to 25% less users

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Since the introduction of paid bicycle parking, the city of Breda observed a decrease of almost 25% in the use of bicycle storage facilities. Although that was more or less expected, a pilot with a voluntary contribution from users was disappointing since it did not generate the expected revenue.

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Dutchman cycles further and more often

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Between 2000 and 2011, the number of kilometres cycled by Dutch citizens increased by 14%. This is not only because more people cycle, but they also do so more frequently and over longer distances.

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Tunnel art in Leeuwarden

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This is what the design for four new pedestrian and cyclist tunnels in the city of Leeuwarden looks like. The design is part of the municipality's Master Plan for art which will deploy about 20 artworks. A different artist will be selected for every port of entry to town.

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A structured approach to abandoned bikes bears fruit

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Many municipalities with a structured approach to abandoned bicycles are pleased with the results. Enforcement has freed up a significant amount of space in bike parking facilities. The municipality of Haarlemmermeer has in this way removed 800 abandoned bikes last year while Enschede removed 1600 during the first half year of the project. As result 39% of the bike parking facility at Enschede train station was freed up.

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Ecuador invites Embassy for lectures and trade mission

The government of Ecuador has invited the Dutch Cycling Embassy to set up a team and come over to Ecuador for an exchange of expertise and to offer technical assistance. The exchange will start at a national event to promote cycling policies. 

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Services to US cities will broaden

The programme of cooperation with the Netherlands Embassy in the US, the Dutch Cycling Embassy and the Bikes Belong Foundation will become broader. The Bikes Belong Foundation is the non profit arm of the Bikes Belong Coalition, the national coalition of bicycle retailers and suppliers working to put more people on bikes more often. 

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UN ambassadors support sustainable transport

On January 21st 2013 the Dutch and Thai UN ambassadors invited their colleagues for a second meeting on sustainable transport at the UN headquarters. The aim is to explore the interest for setting up a network, a Group of Friends of Sustainable Transport. This network will support the UN Action Plan for Sustainable Development, that started at the Rio+20 conference, by delivering inputs regarding transport. 

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ThinkBike workshop in Vienna

On January 23rd the Dutch Cycling Embassy conducted a ThinkBike workshop in Vienna, host city of Velo-City later this year, for an audience of about 20 Viennese traffic planners and policy makers.

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Dutch Cycling Embassy

Hooghiemstraplein 140
3514 AZ Utrecht
The Netherlands

T: +31 30 23 04 521
info@dutchcycling.nl

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