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Dutch-Chinese experts develop Beijing Bicycle Plan to help the city regain World Bicycle Capital status

Published: 26/05/2015

Cycling revival will help the city address its congestion and air pollution

Amersfoort, the Netherlands/Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 26 May 2015 – Ecofys, Royal HaskoningDHV and the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS) presented the ‘Beijing Bicycle Strategy and Policy’ to revive cycling in Beijing Municipality on 25 May 2015. The project, initiated and funded by the Asian Development Bank, aims to help the megacity to achieve more sustainable mobility.

The city of Beijing is experiencing increased motorization and congestion which causes travel delays, economic loss and air pollution among other things. In recent decades, cycling has decreased substantially: from 63% in 1986 to 14% in 2012 and continues to fall. 
20% cycling in 2020
Mr Ki-Joon Kim, Senior Transport Specialist at the Asian Development Bank said: “Cycling can make a substantial contribution to promoting sustainable transport in Beijing. Beijing Municipality has acknowledged this and set a goal in its Urban Master Plan to raise the bicycle share of transportation to at least 20% in 2020.” 
Mr Wim van der Wijk, Team Leader and Bicycle Transport Expert at Royal HaskoningDHV added: “This bicycle plan will help Beijing to become a healthy and bicycle-friendly city for its population of more than 20 million people.” 
During the past year Ecofys-Royal HaskoningDHV-CATS studied the current transport situation in Beijing including exploring the reason behind the decline in bicycle use. The team has developed a strategy to reverse the trend, and submitted the recommendations to the Asian Development Bank and Beijing Municipality.
“Our vision for Beijing includes high quality bicycle routes and parking facilities, upgrading and extending the public bicycle sharing system, more trip destinations within bike-able distances and integration of cycling with a high quality public transport system for commuting,” Mr Van der Wijk said. “Most importantly, it identifies the need for an institutional setting that recognises cycling as an integral part of urban transport planning, with high level politicians and officers promoting cycling with enthusiasm. This requires a cultural change within the existing institutions in power.”
I like cycling
One of the major challenges to encourage Beijing residents to return to cycling is the perception that cycling is not an option for daily use and that a car is an indicator of success. “In order to grow a positive and appealing cycling culture we have provided numerous recommendations and actions for Beijing Municipality to select from,” said Mr Maarten Neelis, regional manager for Ecofys in China.
As part of this project, a bicycle policy toolkit has also been produced. The toolkit has the potential for application in major cities across Asia and the Pacific. The toolkit will be made publicly available through the Asian Development Bank.
The Beijing Bicycle Strategy and Policy was presented by Mr Wim van der Wijk to relevant officials at the Beijing Bicycle Seminar at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing on 25 May 2015. 
“It will require a major effort from the Municipality to achieve its own goal of 20% cycling in 2020. This plan will definitely help them get there and turn Beijing into a healthier city,” Mr Kim concluded.

For more information, please contact:
Marielle Vosbeek, Press Officer Ecofys, +31 30 6623402
Suzette Schreuder, Press Officer Royal HaskoningDHV, +31 88 3482026 / +31 6 29098238
About ADB - Asian Development Bank
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region. In 2014, ADB assistance totalled $22.9 billion, including co-financing of $9.2 billion.

About CATS

China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS), Ministry of Transport (MOT), established in 1960, with staff of more than 700 people, is one of the comprehensive scientific research institutions directly under the MOT. CATS works mainly for the government departments and the transport sector to carry out prospective, public welfare and basic research. Over the past 50 years, generations of CATS explore actively, forge ahead, strengthen constantly the research capacity and enhance the level of scientific service. Nowadays, CATS has developed from a traditional public research institution with single business structure to a research-industry-integrated institution based on the service for the Ministry. The principle activities include decision support, information technology, environmental protection and safety, urban transport, standards, metrology and certification, engineering technology and detection and intermediary services.

About Ecofys

Established in 1984 with the mission of achieving “sustainable energy for everyone”, Ecofys has become the leading expert in renewable energy, energy & carbon efficiency, energy systems & markets as well as energy & climate policy. The unique synergy between those areas of expertise is the key to its success. Ecofys creates smart, effective, practical and sustainable solutions for and with public and corporate clients all over the world. With offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and the US, Ecofys employs over 250 experts dedicated to solving energy and climate challenges.  
About Royal HaskoningDHV
Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with more than 130 years of experience in aviation, buildings, energy, industry, infrastructure, maritime, mining, rural and urban areas, and water. Backed by the expertise and experience of 7,000 colleagues from 100 offices in 35 countries, our professionals combine global expertise with local knowledge to deliver a multidisciplinary range of consultancy services for the entire living environment. By showing leadership in sustainable development and innovation, together with our clients, we are working to become part of the solution to a more sustainable society now and into the future.