Cycling for Everyone
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NL-UK Joint Diplomatic Program

18 March 2024

On Friday, March 15th, the Dutch Cycling Embassy (DCE) visited the British Residence in Den Haag for a morning session at the NL-UK Joint Diplomatic Program, a program set up to deepen diplomatic ties and strengthen bilateral partnerships between the two countries. For three days, twelve young diplomats from both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom come together and enjoy different program points. 

The morning session hosted by the DCE started off with a competitive round of bike bingo, which gave people the opportunity to mingle and chat with one another about their cycling experiences. This was followed by a presentation by Project Manager Shelley Bontje, in which she introduced the DCE’s mission and way of working. Further, she elaborated on the benefits of cycling and the Dutch cycling culture as well as the role of diplomacy and trade in the DCE’s work. The presentation was rounded off by an engaging Q&A session, in which topics such as the emerging role of e-bikes and potential roadblocks when implementing bicycle-friendly infrastructure were covered.  

Discussions and conversations continued during lunch, which also took place in the beautiful rooms of the British Residence, with sunlight streaming in through the huge windows. 

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