Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New OV-Fiets in The Netherlands

The OV-fiets is a convenient rental bicycle to use for the last leg of your journey, for example to visit friends and family, go to the museum or attend a business lunch. What you need to know about the OV-fiets When you arrive at the station on the train, you can quickly rent an OV-fiets to cycle to your appointment. There are more than 250 rental locations: at many stations, at bus or tram stops, in several city centres and at P+R car parks. The OV-fiets gives you the freedom to choose where to go, when to depart and what route to take. So transfer to the OV-fiets too! The OV-fiets is a quick and healthy way to reach your final destination. You can rent an OV-fiets for 24 hours using your OV-fietsabonnement for just € 3,15 (from 1 January € 3,35) per ride from more than 250 locations at many train stations, bus and metro stops, a few city centres and at P+R car parks. The bicycles are stored in both supervised and unsupervised storage areas, or in self-service bicycle lockers or carrousels. This way you always have access to a bicycle, and can continue your journey. Read on here

The Hague Cycling Plan; state of the art in cycling planning

The previous programme expired in 2014 and will continue into this Bike 2015-2018. The starting point for this new multi-annual Bicycle is the Coalition Agreement 2014-2018: “Trusting in The Hague's Strength”. Under the heading “More room for the bicycle”, the following is stated: "Safe, recognisable and comfortable cycling facilities are the basis for further growth in bicycle use. There is an ambitious programme for the expansion and improvement of bicycle facilities, a number of star routes will be expanded this period, we will continue with the asphalting of bicycle paths and create more (free) parking facilities at stations in the centre and at the beach. Abandoned bicycles are addressed throughout the city and we are expanding the number of neighbourhood bike parking facilities and routes in areas such as the Stationsbuurt and Schilderswijk." These ambitions along with the focal points for the bicycle policy of The Hague Mobility Policy and the continuation of the bicycle policy of recent years are detailed in this new Cycling Programme 2015-2018. 

Sharing schemes within the CIVITAS DYN@MO project

Sharing a vehicle, whether it’s a car or a bicycle, has many advantages such as saving money for the individual and improving the environment due to fewer vehicles on the road. In addition, it paves the way for multi-modal use of transport systems since the vehicle-sharing concept excels at high flexibility due to the independency of timetables and predetermined routes. Automated sharing systems can reliably be in operation year-round, day and night. Furthermore, the user freely chooses the fastest route to his destination not being bound to bus or train lines. In other words, a vehicle-sharing system adds customer value to the whole transport chain. The DYN@MO cities of Aachen, Gdynia, Koprivnica and Palma have been strongly committed – each city in its own way and own scale – to introducing and extending the usage of sharing schemes, with traditional bicycles, electric bicycles as well as with electric and hybrid cars. This brochure describes the partner cities’ practical experiences of their establishment of sharing schemes within the CIVITAS DYN@MO project. Read more here.