Day 3 :Opening BiciGo 2018

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On Thursday 29 November our team took part in the first day of the BiciGo 2018 in Bogotá.

The day started with a keynote presentation from the DCE, where Mirjam & Edward presented the history of cycling in the Netherlands, our path to a leading cycling country & experiencing cycling through Bogotá.

In the afternoon, our Holland Lounge stand was visited by Secretary of Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport Erik Gerritsen. Here to strengthen the relationship between Colombia and the Netherlands, Erik Gerritsen also met the Governor of Cali, Colombia.

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The Holland Lounge then had the pleasure of having Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He fashionably arrived to the Bicigo Fair by bicycle, being welcomed by Mirjam Borsboom where he officially opened the Holland Lounge. Mark personally visited each representative of the Bicycle Mobility team, under the eye of numerous Colombian media.

On this day, the DCE is proud to say that a Letter of Intent was signed between Erik Gerritsen, the Cali Director of Planning, and the DCE for a ThinkBike Workshop!

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The city of Cali is very interested in developing their city into a bicycle-friendly place, where Dutch expertise will be of great help to achieve this goal. Great to see that our participation in the Trade Mission already resulted in a promising cooperation between Colombia & the Netherlands!

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