Fietsplatform (Dutch Cycling Platform) is the National coordination centre for cycle tourism, founded in 1987. With support of the national and regional authorities (Ministries and Provinces) Fietsplatform tries to improve the facilities for recreational cycling/cycle tourism in the Netherlands and the use of these facilities. National (member) organisations involved with cycling and tourism are represented in the board. Fietsplatform has a small staff of 6 employees and 125 volunteers. The two main tasks are functioning as a national expertise- and co-ordination centre: giving impulses to the improving and the promotion of recreational cycling/cycle tourism in the Netherlands. And second, functioning as the project leader for the National Cycle Network: development (signing), maintenance, improvement and promotion of the Dutch long-distance cycle routes as a basis for cycle holidays and weekend trips and coordinating the development and promotion of the complementary regional route networks (junction networks).