Following a very productive series of virtual study visits, Puglia Region, EU CYCLE project partner, had a wonderful opportunity to have a delegation visit several cycling infrastructure related good practices in Germany and the Netherlands.
Hosted by the Euroregio Rhine-Waal, the delegation composed of technicians from the region and other Apulian local authorities started their visit in the city of Kleve, Germany, where they had the opportunity to learn about the city’s mobility planning tools and see various cycle paths.
The delegation continued the study visit in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands, where they were hosted by the Dutch Cycling Embassy and had the chance to learn more about cycling policies and best practices in the Netherlands.
The participants learned that the priority of the bicycle over the car in the city is based on policies implemented over the years, policies that had targeted the recognition of the bicycle as a means of transportation and prioritization of cycling infrastructure.
The study tour ended with the visit to the biggest bicycle parking of the world, with over 12,500 bicycles spaces, now fully operational in Utrecht Central Station.
The study visit was part of the learning process of the EU CYCLE project, that has as a main purpose to increase the skills and knowledge of the participating stakeholders and improve the regional development processes and policies through the transfer of good practices between the project partners.