Cycling during corona

In 2020, the importance of the bicycle as a means of transport has increased significantly: it is safe for corona contamination - unlike aeroplane, car (bus) and train. It makes sense to promote the use of bicycles for a sustainable future. Besides: every hour on a bicycle extends your life by an hour!

Amsterdammers could just take to the streets again and cycle through the city -- safely in the corona pandemic. With the climate crisis looming over our heads, the bicycle is the ideal sustainable and future-proof mode of transport.

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For some time now, bicycle couriers have been quite normal in Dutch cities, but the potential has not been sufficiently exploited, because freight transport must emit much less CO2 - cargobikes are green and good alternatives for delivery vans or trucks.

Before corona, the stimulus to cycle more was limited to handing out sandwiches on 'Fiets naar je Werk Dag' or building bicycle sheds, while research has shown that, for example, the traffic in a city can be drastically reorganised by banning lorries from the city centre and replacing them with cargobikes; it is safer, more sustainable and above all more efficient than it is now.

Air traffic caused the global pandemic. Our traffic must become more sustainable and the promotion of cycling should have priority. Unfortunately, the city of Groningen introduced a cycling ban during the pandemic, which was quickly revoked after massive protests. And the ns has come up with a practical ban on taking bikes on the train in summer 2021, which you can read more about at https://www.basvanderveen.net/nl/fiets-en-trein.