Fietsberaard is the bicycle council of Holland, a good site for all kinds of topics on bicycling.  Of course, a lot of the site is in Dutch but there are interesting topics in English.  This is their Dec newsletter.

Monday 20 December 2010


New in the Knowledge Bank

The knowledge bank of the Fietsberaad tries to present the most complete overview of information relating to cycling and associated subjects.

The most relevant documents as well as the summaries of many other documents have therefore been translated into English. A selection of recent documents:

Article Interventions to promote cycling: systematic review
Lin Yang and others , British Medical Journal – 2010
Study to determine what interventions are effective in promoting cycling, the size of the effects of interventions, and evidence of any associated benefits on overall physical activity or anthropometric measures.

Article Infrastructure, programs, and policies tot increase cycling: An international review
John Pucher, Jennifer Dill, Susan Handy , Preventive Medicine 50 (2010)
Assessment of existing research on the effects of various interventions on levels of bicycling.

Report Making a Cycling Town: a compilation of practitioners’ experiences from the Cycling Demonstration Towns programme.
Cycling England , Department for Transport
Recommendations for development and delivery of a town-wide programme to promote cycling, developed from the lessons learnt working with the six Cycling Demonstration Towns.

Report Analysis and synthesis of evidence on the effects of investment in six Cycling Demonstration Towns
Sloman L, Cavill N, Cope A, Muller L and Kennedy A , Cycling England
This paper provides a summary of evidence on changes in cycling and physical activity in six towns following the first phase of the Cycling Demonstration Town investment programme.

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Visit the Netherlands

If you want to learn more about –Dutch – bicycle policies, directly from Dutch cycling experts, Fietsberaad International is ready to meet your needs.

Prepare your visit

A list of the best Dutch towns on cycling..
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Organize your visit

We are happy to invite you to visit the Netherlands,
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Invite Dutch experts

Fietsberaad International also has at its disposal a group of Dutch cycling experts, our ‘bicycle ambassadors’ who are prepared to visit you.
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Fietsberaad is an expertise centre for cycling policy.
The objective of Fietsberaad is the development, dissemination ans exchange of practical knowledge abd experience for cycling policy.


You can reach Fietsberaad through the international co-ordinator, Hans Voerknecht.
T: +31(0)30 – 2918203

Gebouw Leeuwenstein
Jaarbeursplein 15
3521 AM Utrecht

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Successful tour of US and Canada by Dutch bike experts

Recently Dutch bike experts have paid a visit to four cities in Canada and the US to debate and explain opportunities to increase bicycle use there. They received a warm welcome.

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Amsterdam bicycle promotion

Amsterdam has made a beautiful promotional video, depicting both the town and cycling. Subtitled in English, the video has already reached a considerable number of foreign websites.
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Austrian supermarket focuses on cyclists

In Austria supermarket chain Spar has provided its branches of bicycle with bicycle stands, in cooperation with Vienna local authorities. This concerned 650 bicycle parking spaces overall. In addition a number of branches will be provided with charger facilities for electric bikes.

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France requires bicycle parking at residences

As of 2012 new residences in France are to be equipped with a covered or safe place to park a bicycle. Charge facilities for electric bicycles will be required as well.
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Cycle against obesity

The evidence that cycling is good for your health is piling up. Recently a publication in the American Journal of Public Health has underlined this: the more trips on foot or by bicycle, the lower the number of obese people.

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Health advantages of town cycling outweigh risks

Despite all the dangers a cyclist may encounter in traffic, it is still healthier by far to abandon the car in favour of cycling. This is the conclusion drawn by IRAS (Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences) of Universiteit Utrecht and Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL).
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Increase in cycling conducive to public health, despite extra traffic casualties

If 10 per cent of short car trips (up to 7.5 km) are replaced by bicycle trips, the number of traffic fatalities in the Netherlands will increase by 4 to 8. There will be an additional 500 serious casualties. But as more exercise is conducive to public health, an increase in cycling leads to improved public health overall.

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Trauma units call for bicycle helmets

Use of a bicycle helmet leads to a reduction by 63% to 88% of the risk of head injuries. An obligation to wear a bicycle helmet will meet with much resistance from interest groups. Yet trauma units emphasize that a helmet may reduce head and brain injuries particularly in children.
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Parking garage becomes colourful bicycle parking

How to transform a multi-storey parking garage into a bicycle parking – in Breda the basement of the Concordia garage has had a complete makeover. Not only by the placement of bicycle stands, but the grey concrete was transformed by colourful furnishings with pictures referring to the town’s history. The new bicycle parking provides room for 420 bicycles.

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Part-time parking on car spaces

Quite a number of bicycles fit onto a car parking space, as revealed by this demonstration – with folding bicycles. The GroenLinks political party, part of the Amsterdam council, feels that more often parking spaces should be adapted to use by bicycles, if necessary part-time only at busy locations in the country’s capital .

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Students as role models

This summer, on the eve of the Tour de France start in Rotterdam, some 500 first-grade students of seven secondary schools participated in a four-week competition to cycle the highest number of kilometres. Ultimately they covered 54,000 kilometres.

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Test for new blind-corner solution

the German town of Flensburg a new warning system for blind-corner accidents is being tested. A flashing light warns car drivers making a right turn when cyclists are approaching from behind.

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    And nobody cares. That’s because I don’t threaten anyone but rather I’m the victim of terrorist drivers. This conflict –or combat if you prefer– occurs when cars purposely ignore me and cut me off –or block me– assuming that the law of the jungle will take its course, ie. I will yield to their bigger size until they stop coming or some kind soul will remember I’m a human being, not a cyclist.

    Such conflict could easily be avoided by making cyclists THE PRIORITY, such as is the case in the Netherlands. It’s sort of reverse hierarchy, pedestrians and cyclists first, then the drivers. Drivers are at fault unless proven otherwise when there’s an accident with pedestrians and cyclists. Well, they have bike facilities that minimize that conflict, but still the right priority is there.

    Just last night I took this long ride –on sidewalk, what else?– and along the way a car was blocking a driveway. I waited. He moved then the next car was rolling over to block me too! I just screamed while the lady driver looked me with this funny look, “Why is this monkey going so wild?”

    Call me suicidal since I tend not to stop, but just remember the terrorist is behind the wheel and they have power over life and death.

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