'Supporting Staff through Cycling' hosted at Dutch Embassy UK

Getting more staff to cycle to work provides employers with a healthier and more productive workforce. And if that is not enough encouragement for businesses: rewarding employees that cycle to work can be a very cost-effective way for companies to make a substantial climate contribution too. These were some of the lessons cycling experts shared with British businesses at a cycling event at the Dutch Embassy in London on 26 November 2019. The breakfast event was organised in collaboration with CyclingUK.

Dutch cycling experts taken on a bicycle tour through London
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Dutch cycling experts taken on a bicycle tour through London

Ambitious Dutch plans to increase the number of cycling commuters

After an inspiring speech by Julian Scriven, Managing Director at Brompton Bikes, there were presentation on cycling policies in the UK and the Netherlands, by Kevin Golding-Williams of the British Ministry of Transport and Mirjam Borsboom of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. Roughly one third of all workers in the Netherlands cycle to work at least once a week. In the UK that number is much lower, around 4%. But there are similarities too: both countries have ambitions to drastically increase the number of cycling commuters. The Netherlands aims high. It wants to get 200,000 extra commuters to take the bike.

Cycle Friendly Employer certification

In the panel discussions that followed, experiences were shared by Dutch companies with a Cycle Friendly Employer (CFE) certificate (University TU Eindhoven, represented by Simone Vonken and IT company Schuberg Philis, represented by Xander Vlasblom). James Palser from CyclingUK and Max Mooij from the Fietsersbond, both CFE certifiers, shared the stage with Andy Quinn from SONY Europe, which aims for a CFE quality mark for all its European locations.

Contact the Dutch Embassy

Want to know more about Dutch initiatives to promote cycling? Contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom via LON-EA@minbuza.nl.