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DCE joins annual Parliamentary Bike Ride in London

13 June 2023

On the 13th of June, the Dutch Cycling Embassy participated in the All-Party Parliamentary Group Cycling & Walking annual Bike Ride in London. 

 

The morning session kicked-off with breakfast whereafter Ned Boulting moderated a panel which included Selaine Saxby (co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking), Chris Boardman (National Active Travel Commissioner), Hanno Wurzner (Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom) and Jesse Norman (Minister with responsibility of Active Travel).  

Thereafter, the Bike Ride started while the city was still waking up. Due to the early time of the day and the fabulous weather, it was truly a beautiful and enjoyable networking bike ride. Greatly supported and facilitated by London Cycling Campaign members and volunteers.  

As a closure, a panel discussion followed with a focus on ‘Infrastructure fit for the future’ by a diversity of speakers including Ruth Cadbury (Member of Parliament), Sophie Edmondson (Principal Inspector, Active Travel England), Xavier Brice (CEO Sustrans), Dame Sarah Storey (Active Travel Commissioner, Greather Manchester), and Shelley Bontje from the Dutch Cycling Embassy.   

Shelley’s presentation focused on the century of change that took place in the Netherlands which enabled flourishing communities and environments. With before and after illustrations of major developments, among others Catharijnesingel in Utrecht and the Grote Markstraat in The Hague, she emphasised the need of political leadership.

In addition, she shared that the Dutch Cycling Embassy continues to receive incoming requests from the United Kingdom, ranging from inspiration for traffic calming, to perspectives on floating bus stops and the traffic exam for children.  

Based on her experiences -while facilitating exchange between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom- she shared two main take aways where there are still opportunities for growth in the United Kingdom. Firstly, the importance of having a long-term holistic planning approach, including budget for maintenance. And secondly, the need for justice in public space, accommodate everyone in an equal way.  

A dankjewel to the Kingdom of the Netherlands based in the United Kingdom and the All-Party Parliamentary Group Cycling & Walking for the invitation!  

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