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The Cycling Voluntary Commitment intends to design programs on the shelf for capacity building on local cycling and walking policies: to assess conditions and requirements, short term solutions and scenario’s for a comprehensive policy.  It seeks to create instruments on board by regional, national and local bodies to forecast the impact of interventions that promote cycling and walking: in two stages: effects on travel behavior and safe accessibility, and the social, economic and environmental impact of these effects.

Plan of Action

Dutch Cycling Embassy wants to organize support to current institutional arrangements in order to:

  • Provide capacity building to UN programs and support match making between companies that want to deliver assistance and develop plans and interventions;
  • Help develop integrated guidelines for planning and design and support regional platforms, such as Regional EST Forum in Asia and Latin America by UNCRD and others in order to promote/advance NMT as an integral part of the transport policy, planning and development at local and national level;
  • Assist economic, social and environmental impact assessment with multi modal traffic modeling;
  • Establish a joint program with the Cycling Academic Network coordinated by ITC/University Twente with universities in India, Brazil and South Africa;
  • Integrate strategy development on cycling with walking;
  • Help forward joint contributions by user organizations to the UN process.


  • Rio de Janeiro: in house application of a multi modal traffic model to elaborate cycling plans and create commitment with impact assessments
  • Kampala: through the Share the Road Program, assistance to kick off with the integration of cycling and walking facilities, by reviewing plans and designs before implementation and building capacities to mainstream integration
  • Guidelines that integrate requirements for all modes of transport in Asia, building on previous work with CAI-Asia

Update of Progress (As of June, 2013)

  • GiZ offers assistance with an in-kind contribution (a trainer);
  • Showcased our capacities in cooperation with more Dutch diplomatic posts in more than 20 countries, in the North and the South;
  • Produced a brochure for the coordinators of the MLB’s of the Rio+20 commitment during their first meeting in the Netherlands;
  • We contributed to the policies by UN Habitat and UNEP in Eastern Africa with policy tools and capacity building toolkits.

Next Step of Implementation 

  • Rio: on-going consultations with the city and the World Bank on the Low Carbon development program;
  • Kampala: first stage of a process with the aim to upscale current projects and policies; regarding Asia no progress;
  • Provided a contribution of USD 25.000 to the Governing Council of UN Habitat as co-financing to deliver bikes, a publication and a video.

Focal Person

Roelof Wittink (

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