Cycling for Everyone
Cycling for Everyone

ThinkBike Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City

17 April 2023

At the beginning of April, the Dutch Cycling Embassy travelled to Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Vietnam and to facilitate a ThinkBike Workshop. Margot Daris, project manager at the DCE, together with Lior Steinberg (Humankind) and Trung Nguyen (Royal HaskoningDHV) hosted a tailor-made program for the Department of Transport in HCMC.

The week started with a screening of the documentary Together We Cycle at the University of Economics. After the documentary, we held a panel discussion to engage with the students. Their questions made for a lively debate and we hope the session will inspire them in their future careers. In the afternoon, the Dutch team went to Thu Duc City to discuss plans for active mobility in their rapidly developing municipality.

The second and third day were full of presentations, discussions, and break out sessions. The highly motivated groups worked on designs for an active mobility network, street designs, analyses of the current situation and plans for the coming years. HCMC has great potential to be a bike city, where residents take frequent short trips by motorcycle, which could easily be done by bike. Favorable urban conditions, such as an abundance of shade from trees, traffic calmed streets, and wide alleys already exist. We believe there are lots of opportunities to make HCMC a cycling city (again)!

The week ended in the best way possible: a bike ride with 700 people through district 1! The bike ride showed how much interest and excitement the inhabitants of HCMC have for cycling and the potential it could reach. Once cycling becomes a safe and reliable transportation option, the streets will fill up with cyclists!

We would like to thank the Dutch Enterprise Agency, the kind colleagues at the Consulate in HCMC, and the Department of Transportation for all their hard work. We look forward to working together for many years to come!

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