Each day inhabitants, visitors and tourists in the city of Amsterdam cycle two million kilometers. That is fifty times around the world. The bicycle is the fastest growing means of transport in Amsterdam. This makes Amsterdam a vibrant city. With the concept Multi-Annual Plan Cycling 2017-2022, Amsterdam commits itself to a healthy, accessible and appealing city. APPM employee Marten Westeneng is closely involved in the development of this multi-annual plan as advisor.

Cyclists make a good choice for their own health and for the health of the city. It suits a healthy lifestyle in dynamic cities. On average, cyclists are less often ill and they are healthier and more productive. At the same time cyclists contribute to cleaner air within cities, and take in relatively little space. Because of this, cycling contributes to the accessibility of cities. This is essential for economic growth and for developing new urban residential areas.

A city with a human dimension
The cycling economy is alive: green logistics with bicycle couriers is growing rapidly. Together with pedestrians, cyclists add a human dimension to a city. They enhance the quality of public space. Streets and squares will pop up where residents like to stay and where entrepreneurs would like to settle their company.

Physical measures and behavior
With this Multi-Annual Plan Cycling, Amsterdam leapfrogs to more royal, direct and appealing cycling routes. There will be new connections. With the ‘new bicycle parking’ Amsterdam is also creating pilots for an appealing public space. With the concept Bike & Walk cyclists are given high-quality parking spaces for their bicycles close to routes to pedestrian areas. Amsterdam is also committing itself to ‘the new cycling’: together taking responsibility for each other’s safety and cycling pleasure. Physical measures and behavior go together more and more. Amsterdam is starting with actions focused on new behavior in traffic when a new cycling path or parking space for bicycles is put into service.

Here you can read the Multi-Annual Plan Cycling 2017-2022 (in Dutch).