April 14th: Cycling Festival Europe in Prague. For the event, we cooperated with the Netherlands-Czech Chamber of Commerce, Auto*Mat and United Islands. The event started in the garden of the Embassy, where we had some Dutch snacks and drinks. The bike ride started at the Embassy and ended at La Fabrika, where United Islands organized a concert of the Dutch band Birth of Joy in La Fabrika at 20.00. The lead singer of Birth of Joy joined the bike ride. The first 30 subscribers for the bike ride received a free ticket for Birth of Joy!
May 2016: Bike to Work campaign. The yearly cycling event has the intention to stimulate the use of bikes as way of transport. More information about this year’s edition: http://www.auto-mat.cz/our-activities/bike-to-work-campaign/
From the past:
- Bike to work campaign
Every year in May, the Czech Republic looks a little more like the Netherlands than a Central- European country as towns all across the country participate in the “Bike to Work campaign”. Over the past two years the Embassy has proudly supported this campaign, organized by local partner Automat. During last year’s edition, more than 5,000 citizens from 26 towns across the Czech Republic participated in the yearly event that supports the use of bicycles on an everyday basis. The aim of the campaign is to reduce the unnecessary flooding of towns with cars, reduce gas emissions, and stimulate a healthy lifestyle. Due to extensive media coverage on TV, radio and the Internet, the event has grown into a nationwide event reaching ca. 300,000 people from all regions of the Czech Republic!
- BeNeLux Bike Ride
In 2013, on Sunday, 22 September, the international car-free day, the Dutch Embassy organized the Benelux Bike ride together with our colleagues from the Belgium and Luxembourg embassies in Prague. Over a hundred people participated and joined the respective ambassadors for an afternoon bike ride through the center of Prague. On the way, participants collected stamps and were offered refreshments at the checkpoints of the BeNeLux embassies. At the end of the ride, cyclists were rewarded with a well-deserved bite and some drinks. “We are happy that we could show our support of sustainable mobility in this pleasant way together with our Belgian and Luxembourg colleagues. The weather was great and I hope everyone enjoyed the bike ride, just like my wife and I did," said the Dutch Ambassador after arriving at the reception organized by the staff of the Dutch Embassy.