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Minister explores Dutch cycling opportunities

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Scottish Government transport minister Keith Brown is set to meet with Dutch cycling experts to learn about the cycling infrastructure in the Netherlands.

By 2020 Brown (pictured) would like to see 10% of all journeys made by bike in Scotland.

His visit on Tuesday (11 June) will feature presentations by specialists from the city of Amersfoort and will include a tour of a train station with integrated infrastructure such as cycle and electric car hire networks.

The visit has been organised by the Dutch Embassy following Cycling Scotland’s “Love Cycling, Go Dutch” conference in November last year.

Brown said: “I am visiting the Netherlands to see for myself how they differ in terms of infrastructure, education and attitudes on cycling.

“The people of the Netherlands have a wealth of cycling knowledge which we in Scotland are keen to learn from as we move towards our shared vision that by 2020,10% of all journeys will be made by bike.

“I am hoping to bring back many of the lessons learned from this visit and discuss these further with the cycling community and local authorities back home in order to improve and promote bike use across Scotland.

Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, added: “It is encouraging to see that senior politicians from national and local government are heading out to look at one of the finest examples of a cycling culture in the world. Partnering with the Dutch Cycling Embassy for our conference last year gave hundreds of professionals in active travel and transport a taste of the success the Netherlands has enjoyed in getting people on their bikes, but there is no substitute for seeing it first-hand.”

 
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