Bicycle Agenda 2017-2020

2. More room for the bicycle in cities

Crowded paths, long queues at traffic lights, crowded bike racks. We see them more and more in the larger cities, and forecasts suggest that growth will continue. If we want to benefit and take advantage of the bike, we also have to create the space.


  • Provide sufficient attention and space for cyclists, create visions and plans to implement the basis of the environmental code, which seeks a balance of the functions to all the locations.
  • When deciding the locations for new homes and offices, having bicycle and public transportation accessible, play a decisive role in the spatial planning, as well as, including catchment area analysis, with sustainable mobility as an option.
  • Pilot projects perform to indicate the quantitative and qualitative standards for bicycle parking in the existing spatial instruments.
  • Investing in better and safer urban bicycle lanes, in safer intersections with improved flow for cyclists, and providing sufficient and adequate bicycle parking in city centres and at popular public facilities
  • First order: Application of existing Sustainable Safety principles and current CROW guidelines in the design of roads and intersections.
  • First order: updating the Leidraad Fietsparkeren (Bicycle parking guideline, CROW) and apply this guideline to specific locations, design, and construction of bicycle parking facilities.
  • Explore whether and how practical testing with modernising traffic can be easier, for example by:
    • Conducting experiments with a new allocation and layout of the traffic space and new speed limits for vehicles in some cities (such as the ANWB project Robuuste Stedelijke Routestructuren).
    • Conducting experiments with solutions for crowds and speed differences on bike paths in cities.
    • Execution of pilot projects with improved flow for cyclists at intersections: free space, bicycle-friendly adjustment traffic arrangements, active tracking of bicycles (green wave) and alike
  • Use of modern ICT to understand common cycling routes to the city and to make bicycle parking assignments manageable.
  • Experiment with cargo bikes for urban distribution of goods.
  • Improve cooperation between organisations involved in research and conduct experiments in programs on cycling in the city, such as Agenda Stad (City Deal Fiets) Slimme en Gezonde Stad (Smart and Healthy City), SURF (Smart Urban Regions of the Future), Experiment programma Ruimte enMobiliteit (Environmental Experiment Program and Transportation), Fietscommunity 2.0.