The Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, United States

Sustainable Transportation

Through ThinkBike workshops, Dutch cycling and urban-planning experts work with American communities to develop and implement ways to improve bicycle paths and infrastructure.

As we transition from an economy dependent on oil and gas to one driven by renewable energy sources, Dutch and American innovators are leading the way toward the future for sustainable transportation.

A Dutch-US Sustainable Transportation Dialogue

  • Nearly 30 percent of trips up to five miles are made by bike in the Netherlands. A strong bike policy is integral to Dutch sustainability measures, resulting in less traffic, less pollution and a healthier population. The Netherlands works with North American cities through the multi-city initiative ThinkBike, which teams Dutch bike experts with local governments and communities to develop strategies for increased bike-ridership. 
  • As in the US, the Netherlands aims to have 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015. In support of this goal, the Dutch government has created the “Formula E Team,” a Dutch working group collaborating with American counterparts to share expertise and to develop initiatives designed to increase the adoption of electric vehicles.

Find more information about ThinkBike Workshops and join the discussion on our ThinkBike Facebook page.