Consulate Teaches Denver to “ThinkBike”
From April 23rd to 25th, the Netherlands Consul General in San Francisco held a “Pop-Up Consulate” in Denver.
This allowed Colorado residents access to consular services such as passport renewal, without having to travel the 2,000 kilometers to the west coast. Like many cities around the world, Denver is in the middle of a smart mobility revolution, with a planned $18-million to be spent on 200 kilometers of bikeways over the next five years, increasing the number of households within a 5-minute ride of a high-comfort bike facility from 38 to 75 percent.
On the final day of the Pop-Up Consulate, the Consulate partnered with the City of Denver, Bicycle Colorado, and the Dutch Cycling Embassy to host a ThinkBike Workshop; run by Royal HaskoningDHV’s Wim van der Wijk. The event also featured presentations from Consul General Gerbert Kunst, Jennifer Hillhouse from the City of Denver, Pete Piccolo of Bicycle Colorado, and Jessica Juriga Field of Toole Design.
“It’s a pleasure to work with Denver stakeholders to improve their cycling infrastructure and show everybody that a cycling culture in the Netherlands is also possible in the United States,” van der Wijk told the Consulate. “But American lifestyle differs from the Dutch, so copy-paste of the Dutch infrastructure is not an option. It will be the same but different. The enthusiasm and commitment of the cycling community in Denver will continue to bring improvements, making it even more accepted and importantly more safe to cycle in the city.”
In addition to discussing how Denver could “go Dutch”, Jessica Juriga Fields presented great ideas from other U.S. cities starting to build for the bicycle.
“We see true opportunities to work together with Denver, Colorado, on making cycling more accessible and safer,” said Consul General Kunst. “The Dutch Cycling Embassy has shown some great examples for bridges and parking. I look forward to the next step.”
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