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National EuroVelo Coordination Centres network ‘Go Dutch’ during study tour

23.06.2017
Knooppunt

As part of this year’s Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) Meeting, the participants had the opportunity to explore the fantastic Dutch cycle route infrastructure firsthand during a guided tour along the EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route.

The host of this year’s meeting was Fietsplatform, the Dutch NECC and they took the opportunity of the annual meeting taking place in Arnhem on Monday 12th June – the day before Velo-city 2017 conference started – to showcase the great work that they are doing in developing cycle route networks.

Boat Group

In addition to over 4,500 km of long distance cycle routes (so-called LF routes), which include the four EuroVelo routes that cross the country, the Dutch have also introduced a network of “knooppunten” or node points which cover virtually the whole country and allow you to map out your own route in advance by connecting the numbered nodes.

In order to experience these different systems, as well as to see some of the attractions and countryside along this part of the River Rhine, thirty participants were taken on a 2 hour trip along the EuroVelo 15- Rhine Cycle Route (National cycle route LF4).  The tour was led by staff from Fietsplatform and took in Doorwerth Castle, the dramatic locks at Driel as well as a river crossing on a small ferry.

Accessing Boat

Before heading out onto the road the participants were shown the short video below to give them an insight into the different cycle route systems that are used so effectively in the Netherlands.

Easy biking on the Dutch cycle junction network from Fietsplatform on Vimeo.

To find out more about cycling in the Netherlands visit Fietsplatform’s website: www.hollandcyclingroutes.com