The Hague - Pre and post programme events

The Municipality of The Hague will be hosting several pre/post programme events for the upcoming Velo-city conference. These events focus on how The Hague was able to transform its city from a car-dominated metropolis in the 1980’s, to its present form, which boasts a combined pedestrian, bicycle, and public transit mode share of 66 percent in the city and 80 percent within the city center.

Attendees to these programmes will be provided with inspiration and a tactical understanding of how they can achieve similar transformation in their respective locations. Please read the details below for further information. We hope you can join us for one or all of these exciting events! 

Register via the general conference registration or afterwards via My Velo-city

Meet and Greet with your Dutch Colleagues

  • Monday June, 12 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    This programme includes a presentation and cycling tour to meet and greet with international and Dutch colleagues. The Hague has more than 100 foreign embassies and 130 international institutions, which is the ideal stage for international knowledge exchange. The programme will begin with a presentation on the transformation from a car-oriented city to a bicycle friendly city. The programme will continue with a bicycle ride in groups of both Dutch and international participants to showcase various bicycle solutions in the city and surrounding areas to highlight the transformation of The Hague. 

A Healthy Heart for The Hague (Car-Free Inner City)

  • Saturday June, 10 11:00 AM-4:00 PM or Saturday June, 17 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    The city of The Hague has the largest car-free inner city in the Netherlands. This programme includes a walking tour through the inner city of The Hague to focus on the economic, and environmental success of the car-free center. The tour includes visiting different projects which were realized as part of the masterplan, A Healthy Heart, and various bicycle facilities. A presentation with historic photos will be showcased to highlight the transformation of the inner city away from cars and towards the pedestrian/cyclist center. In addition, the presentation will focus on the factors for success, failures, lessons learned regarding the policies for the inner city, and future challenges. A lunch is also included in the programme.

The Hague; Transformation from Car to Bicycle city

  • Sunday June, 11 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM or Sunday June, 18 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    The City of The Hague has the largest car free inner city in the Netherlands. On this excursion we will take you on a bicycle tour through The Hague and visit the car free inner city and several bicycle projects in and around the city center. We will also visit the (free) bicycle parking facilities in the inner city and the building site for a new parking facility for 8.500 bikes next to central station. On the basis of historic photo’s we will show you the transformation to a bicycle friendly city. The presentation will showcase the factors for success, failures, lessons learned regarding the policies for the inner city, and future challenges. Lunch and bicycle rent are included in the programme.

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