This year marks the 400th anniversary of the friendship between the Netherlands and the City of New York. As part of the year-long “NY400″ celebration, Dutch Cabinet Minister Frans Timmermans yesterday presented the City of New York with a fleet of 200 Dutch-made bicycles in an effort to promote bicycling. Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber and NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta were on hand to receive the 200 orange bicycles at Hudson River Park’s Pier 84.
“Any New Yorker who has visited Amsterdam knows we still have a lot to learn from the Dutch when it comes to bicycling,” says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “These Dutch bikes are a great way to impart some of that country’s renowned civic-riding to New York City streets.”
Bike and Roll NYC, a bike rental company, will manage the NY400 bikes this year. The bicycles will be made available to the public throughout the year at various special events.
[I'd like to acknowledge the tragedy that occurred in the Netherlands yesterday when a motorist drove into the royal Queens day parade killing 4 and injuring 17. Our condolences go out to the victims and their families. —ed.]