Cyclists full of praise for Dutch system

HUB cyclists in Dordrecht

HUB cyclists in Dordrecht

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CYCLE enthusiasts returned from their trip to the Netherlands full of praise for the Dutch integrated transport system and hospitality.

Fourteen cyclists from Hastings Urban Bikes (HUB) spent a weekend in Hastings’ twin town of Dordrecht.

This was a return trip after members of the Dordrecht DTC de Mol cycle club stayed with HUB members over Jack-in-the-Green weekend.

The visitors took the opportunity to experience the cycle-friendly road layouts.

The Dutch hosts escorted their guests from the ferry port back to Dordrecht via a network of cycle routes, and took them on a historical tour of the city centre.

The following day, they cycled to nearby Kinderdijk – a UNESCO site of historical interest with 19 working windmills.

Erica Smith of HUB said: “As well as appreciating the high value that cycling has in the Netherlands, the trip proved a valuable team building exercise for HUB members, and has left them planning more rides, both around Hastings, and across Europe to meet up with cyclists in Schwerte, Bethune and Oudenaarde – our other European twin towns.”

Hastings Urban Bikes was founded in 2005 and encourages people to use bicycles for daily transport and for pleasure. Membership is £6 a year.

Members receive a 10 per cent discount at local bike shops and access to HUB resources which include bike trailers, a tandem and an electric bike.

From 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, October 28, there is a taster session for HUB members and potential members to try out the equipment on the seafront opposite Warrior Square. There are also regular ‘Dr Bike’ sessions in the same place from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday evenings. Visit www.hastingsurbanbikes.org.