Velo-city 2018 started!
Today, Tuesday June 12th, Velo-city officially started! With over 400 delegates from all over the world, Velo-city is one of the top conferences in the field of cycling. During the conference, a large delegation of Dutch Cycling Experts is represented in the Dutch Cycling Pavilion.
This pavilion is realised with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Works, the Province of Gelderland, the region Arnhem-Nijmegen, Folkersma Routing and Sign, Loendersloot Groep and Royal Haskoning DHV.
The conference kicked-off with the plenary opening session setting the tone for the conference. At lunchtime, a Networking Lunch was organized in the Dutch Cycling Pavilion. The lunch, sponsored by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management attracted many people interested in Dutch Cycling.
During lunch, Tosca van der Zwaag of Folkersma Routing and Sign announced that they will donate €1.500,- to a local project focused on providing bikes to local people, thus providing at least five persons with a bike. During the presentation, the Ministry and Dutch Cycling Embassy announced that together they will double the donation!
Another big announcement was made by the cycling team of the Dutch Ministry: an additional amount of €100 million will be reserved for bike parking facilities in order to attract people towards cycling. The Netherlands is still looking for ways to further promote cycling. This additional budget emphasizes that!
The day continued with a number of sessions and a networking/welcoming reception. A fruitful kick-off of this four days of conference!