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Europe, take note: The Netherlands commits €1.1B to cycling infrastructure

Europe, take note: The Netherlands commits €1.1B to cycling infrastructure

You’d think the Dutch had already covered their entire country with bike paths, but no, there’s more to be done. That’s why, this week, the…

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You’d think the Dutch had already covered their entire country with bike paths, but no, there’s more to be done. That’s why, this week, the Netherland’s national government announced a €780 million investment in cycling infrastructure.

Combined with existing municipal and provincial commitments, it brings the total investment to €1.1 billion by 2030. This country has cycling in its veins.

On a mission to reduce car journeys, the government is finding transport alternatives to get people to leave their cars at home — or not buy one in the first place. Meaningful last-mile solutions

The investment commits to more cycle routes, especially in regional areas. 500 bicycle parking facilities will be added to stations in Utrecht and Goes, so that cyclists can switch to public transport more easily and quickly.

The Netherlands plans to build 400,000 new homes by 2030, including along or near the railway in Leiden, Dordrecht, The Hague, Schiedam and Rotterdam.

According to Minister for the Environment, Vivianne Heijnen: “With this we ensure that homes throughout the country are accessible in a sustainable way. We opt not only for investments in the Randstad,” they said, but also across the entire country.

This means that new areas are supported by infrastructure that makes it easy for people to get around in sustainable ways.Heijnen continued: “The investment cements the Netherlands reputation as a country where cycling is intentionally embedded into infrastructural planning, unlike many countries where it is an afterthought, resulting in retrofits such as pop-up bike lanes.”Moves like this have wide knock-on […]

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