The Goals

Bicycle Agenda 2017-2020

The increase in bicycle use has many social benefits, and those advantages can be explored even further. The Tour de Force was first launched in 2015, as a joint initiative of the governments, inspired by the start of the Tour de France that year in Utrecht. The purpose of the Tour de Force is to invest more attention, priority, and money in bicycle policy, considering the great social benefits.

The Tour de Force has started in 2015 and completed the first Bicycle Agenda 2020. By the Tour Leadership team, six other teams were formed, which specifically focus on the areas of finance, technology, supply chain, regional routes, spatial planning, and health and participation. These teams have a lot of work by creating an inventory of the problems, contributed research, and explored promising solutions.

It is now time for the next step

It is now time for the next step: bring together and give direction to the current and new actions of all the organisations responsible and involved in the Netherlands’ cycling policy. And to make agreements about everyone’s role and what actions need to be taken to implement their tasks.

Therefore, there has been a wide-range of consultation among the organisations affiliated with the Tour de Force in the summer of 2016. The central question was what deems necessary to enable growth of cycling in the coming years, and what role can organisations play and are willing to play to complete this goal. In addition, the Tour teams were asked what type of follow-up actions are necessary in order to answer the central question. Together, the input formed the bases to update and expand the first Bicycle Agenda 2017-2020, with eight goals which are broadly supported by the overall ‘cycling community’ of the Netherlands.

1. Netherlands as the leading bicycle country
2. More room for the bicycle in cities
3. Boosting the quality on busy and important regional cycling routes
4. Optimise the transition from the bicycle to other modes, PT-bike and car-bike
5. Targeted cycling promotion
6. Less cycling casualties
7. Less stolen bicycles
8. Increase knowledge