Scaling Cycling Innovations
On Thursday 9 November the Dutch Cycling Embassy met with a delegation from Denmark and Sweden.
The meeting was organized by Herbert Tiemens, Senior Cycling Policy Advisor at Province Utrecht and was part of a delegation visit to Utrecht over several days. The general aim of the visit was to learn how to make better use of cost benefit analysis in the decicion making process. The delegation consisted of partners from the Climate-KIC project, the City of Malmö and the City of Copenhagen. Climate-KIC is Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, consisting of dynamic companies, the best academic institutions and the public sector. For more information about Climate-KIC, visit the website: http://www.climate-kic.org/
José Oudijk, Program Coordinator of the Dutch Cycling Embassy, shared with the group an overview of the Dutch Cycling Embassy in general and how to export cycling knowledge in particular. Following up, Rico Andriesse, Advisor Traffic & Space at Goudappel Coffeng shared knowledge about ThinkBike workshops, heated cyclepaths, flexible bicyclestreet solutions and how to reach further with upgraded cycle ways and e-bikes.
The context – why cycling?
Passenger transport in the EU is still dominated by individual car transport. In order to reach EU climate coals, a transition to fossil free fuels (e.g. electric cars) is not enough, and there also needs to be a shift to more sustainable transport modes. Cycling is the most energy efficient transport mode. Trips made by bicycle do not produce CO2 emissions, and furthermore a shift to bicycle transport contributes co-benefits such as better public health through increased physical activity, reduced local air pollution and noise pollution, and freed space in city centres due to more efficient use of space.