Nijmegen has been elected Cycling City of the Netherlands in 2016! This was announced today by the Fietsersbond (Cyclists’ Union) in the Netherlands. Although I made it no secret that I thought Utrecht was a great candidate (as was outsider Goes), I am also very happy with and for Nijmegen. It was with reason that I concluded my post about this great cycling city with these words: “All in all cycling in Nijmegen is really attractive. That is why I think Nijmegen is a worthy candidate in this competition that would certainly deserve to win the title.”
The Fietsersbond published some initial reactions in the annoucement.
Chair of the jury, Peter van der Knaap (SWOV) said the competitors were very strong. “Goes was very impressive, Groningen and Utrecht show enormous ambition and Maastricht really works on a transformation. Still, we thought Nijmegen scored best.”
Alderman Harriët Tiemens of Nijmegen is very happy with the title Fietsstad 2016. “It is a beautiful reward for our efforts, but also a great incentive to continue to work even harder to get our cycling policies right. We want to make Nijmegen as attractive as possible for cyclists. In recent years we see that more and more people cycle. Cycling to the city centre increased with nearly 20 percent. That decreases traffic and parking problems in the city, but it is also good for air quality and people’s health in Nijmegen. You can see that there is great enthusiasm for cycling in Nijmegen and its surroundings, not only in the growing figures of bicycle use, but also by the great interest for the Giro d’Italia that passed through our region and by the fact that together with Arnhem we host next year’s world bicycle Conference Velo-city. “
Saskia Kluit, Director of the Fietsersbond, is pleased with the choice of Nijmegen as bicycle city 2016. “Nijmegen is an entrepreneurial city with a bicycle heart in the right place. It really isn’t surprising that the world bicycle Velo-City Conference will take place in this region next year. Nijmegen has an eye for the potential of the bike, and has now justly been rewarded. “
On Thursday afternoon there will be a celebration in Nijmegen that I will also attend. For now it may be nice to watch my video portrait again, knowing that Nijmegen has been chosen to be the winner of this year’s competition!
Nijmegen is Cycling City of the Netherlands in 2016!