Houten best cycling city in NL 2018
Houten, a new town near Utrecht, has been awarded the title Cycling City of NL 2018, in a competition organized by the Fietsersbond(Dutch Cyclists’ Union)
One of the jury members was our cycling ambassador Mark Wagenbuur. The jury interpreted the results of a public internet survey in which over 45,000 people assessed the cycling climate in their own place of residence. State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Stientje van Veldhoven announced the winner on a cycling symposium in Utrecht.
Houten had won the title before, in 2008, but the municipality of 48,000 people keeps investing in good cycling policies. The town scores high on cycling for 8 to 80-year-olds, experience, network, infrastructure and maintenance. In 2011 the town opened a unique public transport hub. It is one of the better examples of integrated bicycle parking at a railway station. Larger cities scored lower in the ranking, mainly because residents weren’t so positive about busier streets, the network and detour factors.
More information and a video on the blog BicycleDutch