Why the Arnhem-Nijmegen city region?
The Netherlands will show how cycling has evolved, and Velo-city will demonstrate its plans to get more people cycling. This will all be happening in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region! It's the perfect location for discussing how we can make cycling more popular globally, even in the Netherlands.
Safety and speed
The Arnhem-Nijmegen region is one of the most progressive leading cycling regions in the Netherlands and has developed a cycling infrastructure in which cyclists and bicycles have come to receive top priority. Safety and speed are core values, cyclists are respected and innovation runs free.
Arnhem and Nijmegen are only 15 kilometres apart. A unique transport system and bicycle infrastructure provide the perfect link between Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands, and Arnhem, which played a key role in Operation Market Garden during the Second World War.
Eight trains run between the two city centres each hour, and there are also buses running completely on biofuel and electricity (trolleybuses). A cycle superhighway allows cyclists to cycle from one city centre to the other in just 40 minutes.
Role model for urban areas
Bicycles strengthen urban areas' spatial, economic structure, which makes the Netherlands a more attractive country. It is for this reason that the Netherlands has decided to host Velo-city 2017 in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region and let it serve as a role model for urban areas across the world.
Unique selling points
The Arnhem-Nijmegen region is well on its way to becoming the fourth largest economy in the Netherlands, mostly thanks to its innovative nature. The region has many unique selling points where bicycles are concerned. A few examples:
The special bicycle bridge over the River Waal is the perfect solution and a 'must see' in light of the global issue of bicycle access over bridges, rivers, canals and train routes. The same applies to the 'Het Groentje' bicycle bridge on the cycle superhighway between Nijmegen and Arnhem.
- The largest, most extensive and top-quality cycle superhighway network in the Netherlands. 60 kilometres of cycle path will be built by 2017, most of which will be non-stop routes.
- Huge bicycle parking facilities with thousands of spaces have been built into Nijmegen and Arnhem's central train stations.
- The ‘OV Chipkaart’ is a good example of coordination between public transport and bicycles, because the card can be used to rent an ‘OV-fiets’ bicycle as well as for other public transport services. This leads to completely coordinated connections between both cities.
- Free, secure bicycle parking facilities in Arnhem and Nijmegen.