DCE visits Auckland

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On Monday 16th of October a delegation from the Dutch Cycling Embassy visited Auckland to discuss cycling and traffic education for children.

Delegates of the Dutch Cycling Embassy visited Auckland in order to discuss cycling and traffic education for children with experts from Auckland Transport, Bikes in Schools and Auckland Council. During the program, Dutch Ambassador to New Zealand Mr. Rob Zaagman and Mr. Richard ter Avest of Goudappel Coffeng accompanied Mirjam and Edward in order to share their insights and expertise. The Dutch Cycling Embassy visited Auckland prior to the Asian Pacific Cycling Conference in Christchurch.

The program started with an interview with local media at a local school, followed by a bike ride with local children which function as cycle ambassadors at their schools. First, the rules of the road were explained to the children, in order to make sure that the ride would be safe enough. During the ride, some of the challenging traffic situations the children have to overcome in order to ride their bikes to school were shown.

After the bike ride, a round table was held with members of the walking and cycling department of Auckland Transport, Bikes in Schools and with Councilor Chris Darby. Mirjam started with a brief presentation on necessities for cycling to schools and current programs which promote cycling amongst school children. After the presentation, a number of current challenges were discussed, such as the fact that many parents don't know how to cycle. As a result, they won’t teach their children how to ride, resulting in few children cycling.

Altogether, it was great to have the opportunity to share some insights on cycling in The Netherlands and to learn from examples in New Zealand!

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