World’s top cycling nations unite as Pedal Power ACT Co-Patrons

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Pedal Power ACT is happy to announce that the Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mrs Erica Schouten, and the Ambassador for Denmark, Mr Tom Helge Nørring, will assume the roles of Co-Patrons of Pedal Power ACT in 2017.

The Netherlands and Denmark are the top two cycling nations in the world.

The Netherlands is virtually synonymous with bike-riding, and their civic cycling infrastructure is the envy of active transport advocates worldwide.

"Cycling in the Netherlands is a way of life,” said Ambassador Schouten.

“We cycle to work, to school, to the shops, to the cinema. And we have a smart infrastructure to support this. Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven are among the 5 most bike-friendly cities in Europe, the World Economic Forum revealed last year."

“Cycling is good for your health and for the environment.  I am therefore very happy to support Pedal Power and to share the Dutch cycling experience with Australia."

Denmark is world-famous for its biking culture, and the capital Copenhagen is officially recognised as the world’s premier cycling city.

“For Danes, riding your bike is just what you do,” said Ambassador Nørring.

“I, like my fellow countrymen, grew up riding my bike to school and as I got older, I rode my bike to my workplace – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs In Copenhagen – every day."

“I wasn’t alone, 50% of Copenhageners make the morning commute on a bike, including over 60% of our politicians.  25% of families with two kids have a cargo bike to pedal their children to school."

“In November we reached a fantastic milestone with there being more bikes than cars in the City Centre of Copenhagen."

“I am really honoured to be taking up the position of Co-Patron for Pedal Power. I am hopeful that I can inspire all Canberrans to hop on their bikes – even perhaps some of the politicians here!"

“It’s good for your health, it’s good for the environment and it’s actually great fun!”

John Armstrong, Executive Officer of Pedal Power ACT, is excited about the potential that the Co-Patron Ambassadors represent to Canberra.

“We have much to learn from these countries, who champion bike-riding as a social, economic and environmental good,” said Armstrong.

“The healthy rivalry that Denmark and the Netherlands have when it comes to being the top biking nation in the world is fantastic, and we are fortunate that the Ambassadors have agreed to work together to support Pedal Power ACT."

“Their expertise in all things cycling is invaluable as Canberra strives to maintain its position as the Cycling Capital of our region.”


The patron of Pedal Power resides in the ACT, has a reputation for leadership in the community and a strong interest in enabling Canberrans to ride more often, for recreation, sport and transport.
The role of the patron is:
  • to contribute to the reputation, prestige and credibility of Pedal Power ACT
  • to raise awareness and recognition of Pedal Power ACT and its role as the leading cycling advocacy group in the ACT
  • to support Pedal Power ACT to achieve its strategic goals and objectives
  • to contribute expertise and assist in developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships
  • to promote the benefits of cycling to others

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