Velo Berlin The Netherlands has shown how the bicycle can contribute to a sustainable urban mobility.
In 2015, it was invited as exclusive partner for the fifth edition of Veloberlin. The Dutch Ambassador Ms Monique van Daalen opened VELOBerlin in the presence of Mr Pieter Litjens (Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam), Ms Birgitta Worringen (Radverkehrsbeauftragte des Bundesministerium für Verkehr), Mr Stefan Reisinger (Projektleiter EUROBIKE) and Ms Ulrike Saade (Geschäftsführerin Velokonzept). Holland Stand The Holland Stand, organized by the Dutch Cycling Embassy, showed beautiful Dutch Design bicycles and bicycle storage facilities from Beixo, BoughBikes, Roetz-Bikes, Urban Arrow, Calllock, Jan Kuipers Nunspeet and Fietsdiensten.nl.
In addition NHTV presented together with DAT Mobility ‘Bike Print’, an innovative tool to analyze bicycle movements. The city of Amsterdam and the engineers of Goudappel Coffeng and Team Red exchanged knowledge and experiences with the colleagues of the municipality of Berlin. Heijmans inspired the visitors with a presentation about Cycling Highways. And het Fietsplatform offered the visitors information in order to come cycling especially in Netherlands.
The Netherlands presented themselves as the bicycle country par excellence. Around 14,500 visitors came to VeloBerlin, which attracted a lot of publicity from the media like RTL 2, Deutschlandradio, Tagesspiegel, RBB Abendschau, N24, Berliner Zeitung, Deutsche Welle, Berlin AV and photos can be found on the VELOBerlin facebook Page (without facebook account also possible). Embassy Lab "Berlin, Fahrradstadt!?" Prior to the VELOBerlin, the Dutch Embassy VELOBerlin Embassy organized a lab session. The theme was "Berlin, Fahrradstadt!?" and the goal was to share knowlegde. The 'Embassy' lab began with presentations on mobility issues and solutions by InnoZ.
Following the session, Mr Pieter Litjens (Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam), together with bike experts from Amsterdam, the Dutch Cycling Embassy and several other traffic experts, explored Berlin by bicycle. They were accompanied and guided through the city by Mr Gaebler (Staatsekretär für Verkehr senatsverwaltung für stadtentwicklung und Umwelt in Berlin) and Mr Horn (top traffic offical for the entire city of Berlin).
The exchange of ideas, plans and solutions for certain traffic situations benefited significantly from the presence of various experts from the rest of the city (bezirken), interest groups such as the ADFC and knowledge institutions such as the fahrradakademie. Among the topics discussed: parking policy, governance, safety measures and equipment of public space according to the ' open space ' principle, where you don't have to choose priority to cars, cyclists and pedestrian.
The session finished with recommendations by Mr Aluvihare (Public Space expert of Amsterdam) concerning policy cohesion and goverance structure. Mr Gaebler and Mr Horn gratefully accepted the invitation for a return visit to Amsterdam to see the way the bicycle fits into the everyday Amsterdam traffic.
During the VeloBerlin Expo, the Holland Stand, organized by the Dutch Cycling Embassy, shared information about Dutch bicylcle products, services and expertise from various Dutch companies and organisations.