Cycling in the Netherlands

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Netherlands is the unrivalled number one cycling nation. In the Netherlands, more than 25% of all trips is made by bicycle, which is relatively high compared to other countries. Even with an ageing population, a very large majority cycles. The number of bicycles in the country outnumbers the amount of people; Cycling is part of our way of life. Cycling and sport participation are the most important contributors to adhering to the physical activity guidelines. The three maps together show geographical patterns of cycling for recreational and transport purposes and cycling as a sport complementing each other building up to adherence to the physical activity guidelines.

This factsheet is a joint publication from KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis and the National institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Additional input was provided by the Dutch Cycling Embassy and Hugo Cycling.

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Authors: Wanda Wendel-Vos (RIVM), Saskia vd Berg (RIVM), Henriette Giesbers (RIVM), Lucas Harms (KiM), Hanneke Kruize (RIVM), Brigit Staatsen (RIVM)

Publisher: RIVM

Publication date: Datum: 06-12-2018




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