The Netherlands Kicks off Training of Cycling and Walking Professionals Worldwide
The Netherlands hopes to see 10,000 active mobility experts trained and deployed in countries worldwide over the next decade. This will be beneficial for the climate and for people’s quality of life. Many countries lack the knowledge and expertise needed to create a safe and comfortable infrastructure for walking and cycling. Minister for the Environment Vivianne Heijnen is signing a new agreement today at an active mobility event at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt. The first experts training is expected to start next year.
The Dutch Cycling Embassy, a Dutch organisation working to promote cycling, will be teaming up with the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance, a public-private partnership making transport more sustainable, to organise training for people in developing countries who want to become cycling experts. Also involved will be the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has a great deal of experience with similar projects in Africa. Potential participants include traffic experts and urban planners, who will learn how to encourage people to walk and cycle and how infrastructure can help create a safe and enjoyable environment for walkers and cyclists in cities. This benefits the climate and our health, as well as public spaces and clean air in cities. Moreover, infrastructure for active mobility is relatively affordable in comparison to other modes of transportation. The Dutch government will cover the start-up costs of the training programme, which amount to €150,000. The ultimate goal is to train 40 groups of 25 participants in 10 regions worldwide. This will result in a total of 10,000 experts
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