Dutch To Export Their Culture At European Cycling Festival
AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – During the Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union from January till June this year, the Netherlands aims to increase the number of kilometres cycled in Europe. Therefore Dutch embassies in cooperation with local stakeholders will organize a series of cycling activities.
“As a cycling nation with more bicycles (22.5 million) than people (17 million) and with our cycling culture in its DNA, the Netherlands is offering a Cycling Festival to Europe, providing a stage to the growing cycling culture in European cities and countries,” is said in an official government statement.
The Cycling Festival could include public events to get as many people on the bicycle, or workshops to bring together local officials and stakeholders to generate ideas to better integrate bicycles into urban transportation systems.
Paris Climate Conference
The Dutch government statement says, ”The December 2015 Climate Conference in Paris already addressed the importance to do whatever we can to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions: it goes without saying that cycling is by far the most climate friendly mode of transport. With the Cycling Festival Europe, the Dutch will show how much fun, efficient and healthy cycling is, either for recreational purposes of for commuting to work and school.”
On 14 April 2016, all 28 EU Ministers for environment and transport will meet in Amsterdam. During this meeting, they will receive a ‘toolbox’ with best practices from all over Europe to promote cycling in their country. The Dutch cycling experts will be here on hand at all times to share their knowledge and experience. The festival website provides an overview of the cycling activities that are going on in Europe during the Dutch presidency.
Experience the fun side to cycling
“I hope that through Cycling Festival Europe politicians in Europe will realise that promoting and increasing cycling as a mode of transport benefits all users of roads and public spaces,” said Sanne Westra, Project coordinator European Cycling Festival. “But most of all, I hope more and more people will experience the fun side to cycling around their city; by opting for the bicycle, they choose for a more pleasant and healthy city to live in. I have been cycling since I was a child, and this experience of freedom is what I wish for all children growing up.”