The Hague pumps €65 million into biking community – Cities At present
The Hague will make investments €65 million (US$79 million) into its biking infrastructure over the subsequent 5 years as a part of a plan to extend biking numbers 50 p.c by 2040.
By its Plenty of Space for Cycling Programme 2020-2025, the Dutch metropolis will enhance protected biking infrastructure and amenities whereas encouraging extra teams to make use of bicycles for each day commutes and tourism.
Robert van Asten, Deputy Mayor for Mobility, mentioned: “Biking is barely gaining popularity because of electrical bikes, cargo bikes and bike-sharing.
“[It] is wholesome and cyclists don’t trigger any harmful fuel emissions or take up a lot house. By offering good cycle routes and by making biking extra accessible, we will be certain that much more residents select to get round by bike.”
Whereas biking is already probably the most widespread modes of transport in The Hague, the town needs biking to turn out to be its main mode, and measures beneath the plan embody: bettering the circulate of visitors at intersections; changing 13 kilometres of brick cycle paths with paved paths; and creating 40 new parking amenities in neighbourhoods and purchasing streets and close to tram and bus stops.
Town may even present bicycle classes and repair factors, and guarantee each youngster has entry to a motorbike via the ANWB Children’s Bicycle Plan.
The Hague has among the highest ranges of congestion within the Netherlands, in keeping with TomTom’s 2019 Traffic Index.
Along with selling energetic journey, different Dutch cities comparable to Amsterdam have targeted on growing car-sharing choices in a bid to scale back the general numbers of personal vehicles on the roads.
Town has extra shared vehicles than wherever else within the nation, and lately received the 2020 Autodeel Award – hosted by environmental group Natuur & Milieu and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management – for its efforts.
In 2020, Amsterdam put in 600 public charging factors for shared electrical vehicles, and introduced 700 new car-sharing parking permits that enable drivers to park and depart their shared vehicles for pick-up in sure designated areas.
It additionally incorporates shared automobiles in its municipal fleet and works carefully with car-sharing companies to coordinate actions throughout the town.
Nationally, the variety of car-share customers has grown to round 730,000, with the Dutch authorities’s goal of 700,000 car-share customers by 2021 via the Green Deal – Car Sharing II already achieved earlier this yr.
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