Even a leading cycling nation like Denmark needs new inspiration once in a while. So in September 2013, 23 representatives of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark journeyed to the Netherlands.
The four-day study tour entailed a tightly-packes program with visits to six Dutch cities (Utrecht, Zwolle, Gröningen, Eindhoven, Houten and ’s-Hertogenbosch and a meeting with Dutch Cycling Embassy. The goal of the study tour was to seek new inspiration and knowledge from Dutch cities. Both many Dutch and Danich cities have a strong bicycle culture, but we do things in quite different ways eg. in terms of infrstaucture such as the design of roundabouts for cyclicts. In Zwolle, the municipality used the Danish visit to raise local awareness of their new roundabout designed specifically to benefit the safety of cyclists. Read the blog of our host (in Dutch) here.
The Dutch and the Danes have been in friendly competition as to being the world’s best cycling nation for years. Both teh Dutch Cycling Embassy and the Cycling Embassy of Denmark work to promote the cycling knowhos of their respective countries. Both to show the good solutions and the not so good solutions. At Velo-city 2013 in Vienna for instance Niels Tørsløv from the City of Copenhagen and Herbert Tiemens from Bestuur Regio Utrecht made a presentation called 10 Mistakes of the Dutch and the Danes – and how you can avoid them! The session was filmen and can be viewed here.