BikeLane.jpgDutch transportation experts opened a two-day summit today as San Francisco transportation planners, engineers and cyclists met to plan and discuss how San Francisco can become more bicycle friendly.

The Consulate General of the Netherlands hosted ThinkBike workshops from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at City Hall, which were open to the public. It will also host the closing session Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the War Memorial Veterans Building.

Dutch leaders shared how the Netherlands has instituted programs to increase cycling with elected city officials, department heads and business leaders.

“The Netherlands is a country committed to sustainability, where nearly 30 percent of trips up to five miles in distance are made by bike,” the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said in a statement. “A strong bike policy is integral to Dutch sustainability measures.”

City and Dutch leaders will offer project proposals to improve cycling in San Francisco at Tuesday’s final session.

Mayor Ed Lee and Counsel General Bart van Bolhuis gave the opening address.
Dutch officials have also held ThinkBike workshops in Toronto, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Miami.

People wishing to attend the closing ceremonies must register at

Zack Farmer, Bay City News

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