The Hague is the International City of Peace and Justice. It is the United Nations’ second city, after New York. There are 160 international organisations in The Hague, employing around 14,000 people dedicated to the cause of world peace. The Hague is also the seat of the Dutch parliament, with the ministries situated in and around the historic city centre. The city is located by the sea and has 11 kilometres of sandy beaches, with the beach resorts of Scheveningen and Kijkduin as the main centres for visitors. The Hague has a population of 539.000 inhabitants, and it is part of the Rotterdam-The Hague metropolitan region with a population of 2.5 million inhabitants.
The city of The Hague is growing. An increasing number of residents, visitors, workers translate into increased transportation needs. The challenge is to organize mobility in such a way to enhance the city’s quality of life, attractiveness an accessibility. This will only be possible if priority is given to clean an space-efficient modes of transport. Reducing CO2 emissions and increasing the quality of life. This translates to prioritizing walking, cycling and public transport and increasing the modal share of these transport modes.
Make way for bikes!
The bicycle has a crucial role to play here. The aim is that in 2040, cycling is the number one mode of transport for getting around the city, because it is a comfortable, safe and natural choice. The (E-)bike is becoming a key-player for regional mobility for distances of up to 15 kilometre. Make way for bikes! sets out the bicycle strategy for The Hague in 2040. The strategy focuses on:
1. Attractive and safe cycle routes. Investing in a good quality and safe routes are and will remain an important basis for cycling policy. People will only choose to cycle if it is a safe and comfortable option. The Hague invests in a network of star bicycle routes, creating safe and continues routes that connect the suburbs with the city centre.
2. Easy bicycle parking. The increase of bicycle use has led to an increased demand for high quality bicycle parking facilities at the right spot. The city invests in (free) large scale bicycle parking facilities in both the inner city and the main railway stations. This includes the development of a new bicycle parking facility at the central station for 8.000 bicycles. In residential areas, the city invests in small scale bicycle parking facilities.
3. Safe for cyclists. The number of cycling accidents must be reduced. The Hague will continue extensive programmes for traffic safety and cycling ability at schools. The city will assess the bicycle network with new pro-active methods to reduce risks.
4. More new cyclists. The presence of good infrastructure does not automatically mean that people will opt for cycling. With focused promotion and communication, The Hague will stimulate bicycle use in neighbourhoods which have a below average bicycle use. Cycling in these neighbourhoods can contribute to better health and decreasing transport poverty.
5. Increasing investment in cycling. As more journeys are made by bicycle, a corresponding level of investment is required. On average, the investments in cycling made in the period 2010 up to 2017 amounted to some € 8,5 to € 10 millions per annum. The aim is to increase investments to € 15 millions in the new bicycle programme.
Make way for bikes! was made in cooperation with a large number of stakeholders. The municipality will continue to cooperate with inhabitants, cyclist federation, market stakeholders, developers, transport operators and regional and national governmental agencies in the implementation of this strategy. Working together towards creating an attractive city where it is a pleasant to live and cycle!
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