From 7th -9th of November, Dutch Cycling Embassy (DCE) visited New Zealand as part of the trade mission following the State Visit by King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima Zorreguieta.

During this mission, Dutch Cycling Embassy was warmly welcomed by Auckland Transport, Auckland City Council, NZTA, local traffic engineers, and the local cycling community. These parties, together with Auckland’s Walking and Cycling Manager Kathryn King, were keen on meeting and listening to the Dutch Cycling Embassy’s Managing Director, Mirjam Borsboom’s various presentations on cycling in the Netherlands. During these presentations, she connected the Dutch cycling expertise to the local situation in New Zealand. She emphasized the urgency of thinking through when improving the situation for local cyclists and to design for all people within the city.

Part of the visit was experiencing the local situation as well. Resulting in a lovely bike ride through Auckland, and cycling the world famous Pink Cycle Path (‘Te Ara i Whiti‘) built on a former highway off ramp. The visit also included participating on a mutual program with other companies who also joined the Dutch economic trade mission. This included meeting local initiatives such as Bike in Schools, which is a program that provides schools with bicycles and a practice track in order to get kids to learn how to cycle.

For the next days, several meetings with local decision-makers, engineers and cycle activists are on the agenda, in both Christchurch and Wellington.

Photo: Cycling on the famous Pink Cycle Path (‘Te Ara i Whiti‘)

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