Dutch to seduce Formula 1 visitors to come by bike
The organizers of the Formula 1 car race in Zandvoort (The Netherlands) in the spring of next year expect one-third of the 300.000 visitors to visit the event by bicycle. So, they’re working on an ambitious but also giant bicycle plan. The plan is still in a conceptual phase and will soon be checked with all parties involved to get final approval.
Park & Rides
The bicycle will be an essential means of transport during the event that takes place on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Dutch Grand Prix (DGP), the organizer of the car race, will provide 32.400 places in bicycle shelters. There will be Park & Rides within a 15 km radius around Zandvoort from which visitors can bring their own bikes to cycle to the event.
DGP assumes that a lot of visitors will come by bike, given the places of residence of those who could get hold of one of the tickets: 26% of them live closer than 25 km of the race track.
The plan does not mention one single word about what will happen when it rains cats and dogs. And it does not breathe a word about the willingness of foreign visitors to use the bike either.
Jaap Kamminga of the bicycle federation, Fietsersbond, is enthusiastic about the plan, though. “Gigantically ambitious,” he calls it. He thinks its an excellent opportunity to promote The Netherlands as a ‘bicycle country’. Bert van Wee, professor mobility policy at the technical university of Delft, agrees, and says the plan is “interesting”, and “positive for the image of the country”.
The organization, however, will be a titanic job, and a challenge because Zandvoort is not easily accessible anyhow.
Except for the bicycle, the train will play a vital role in transporting the flow of visitors as well. The train capacity between Haarlem and Zandvoort will be increased no matter how. Today, there are two trains every hour; for the GP, there will be ten, with a capacity of about 1.200 passengers each.