Why the Netherlands?
Bicycles! The Netherlands!
Two terms, two images that are inextricably linked with each other! The Dutch really enjoy cycling. Most Dutch people (84%) own one or sometimes more bicycles. Of the 17 million inhabitants in the Netherlands, 13.5 million are cyclists and they own 22.3 million bicycles in total! There is no other similarly affluent country in the world where bicycles are used so intensively!
The Dutch cycle mainly because they find the bicycle to be a pleasant and reliable means of transport.
The Netherlands is the world's number 1 cycling country for good reason!
The Region Arnhem Nijmegen will act as the host cities for the conference. Obviously, this region is an important area in the Netherlands and, due to its location, also a perfect venue for involving visitors from Germany in the content and logistics-related sides of the Velo-city 2017 programme.
Facts and figures
The Dutch choose the bicycle for a quarter of our journeys overall and one third of all journeys up to 7.5 kilometres in length! That equates to more than 4.5 billion journeys by bicycle each year, and a distance of 15 billion kilometres. On average, each inhabitant of the Netherlands completes 300 journeys by bicycle each year, covering a distance of more than 900 kilometres!
Those are the facts and figures about cycling in the Netherlands. These facts also explain why holding Velo-city 2017 in the Netherlands, and more specifically in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region, is a uniquely attractive opportunity!
A perfect example
The Arnhem-Nijmegen city region is the second largest urban agglomeration in the Netherlands. With over 700,000 inhabitants and two major cities, it is a dynamic, growing region, which make it a perfect example for many other cities and regions in the world.
The two main cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen are home to 150,000 and 168,000 inhabitants respectively and play a key role as the economic centres of the region. The total population of 700,000 inhabitants
Commuters, students, inhabitants and visitors travel to and from these cities in large numbers every day. In conjunction with the surrounding municipalities, the region can best be described as a smoothly-running ‘daily urban system’. There is increasing organisation on a regional scale. Much effort is currently being devoted to developing new mobility systems, which include traffic and mobility management systems, public transport and the creation of an extensive network of fast cycle routes. These fast cycle routes ideally complement the daily urban system: because they offer greater comfort and are free of obstacles, they allow cyclists to travel much greater distances.