Students Israel visit NL

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On Wednesday, September 13th a group of students from the Israel Ministry of Transport and Road Safety was hosted by the Dutch Cycling Embassy.

The Amsterdam group focused on cycling from a traffic policies perspective with presentations by Mr. Bas Hendriksen (Loendersloot Group) and Mr. Dirk de Jager (Sustainable Solutions) whereas the group in Delft focused on cycling from a Traffic Engineering perspective with presentations by Mr. Dick van Veen (Mobycon) and Mrs. Eveline de Jong (Mobycon).

Both groups started with a presentation. Due to the heavy storm conditions, the group in Amsterdam decided to cancel the cycling tour after the presentations. As a result, the group had more time to discuss cycling with the experts. The Delft-group split in two after the presentations and under accompaniment of a cycling expert both groups toured on a bicycle through Delft.

Our cycling experts Dick van Veen and Eveline de Jong, specialized in traffic engineering and urban design, took part in both the presentation as the bicycle tour. With the city of Delft as an example, they were able to explain how the city planners of Delft solved several issues in the past. From speed bumps in the older suburbs, shared space in the city center, and modern underground bicycle parking places, he covered it all.

Also we want to give a special thanks to ‘4Wieler’ and ‘Fietsen met Oma’ for making the bicycle trip possible with their special bikes, since not all the participants were able to ride a bike. This way everyone participating this day could experience firsthand the Dutch cycling culture, and the freedom of cycling itself. And to the students of the Israel Ministry of Transport and Road Safety, we hope you learned something you deem valuable this day. And hope to see the cycling culture expand to Israel.

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