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Dutch cycling expert to give talk

Dutch cycling planner Kaj Mook will be talking bikes and transit at city hall on Friday.

Mook is director of the Netherlands’ bike share program, OV Fiets, which integrates bicycles with transit, offering racks of rental bikes at Dutch National Railways stations. With 200 locations, the program racked up 480,000 trips in 2008.

He will be providing an overview and history of the program, reviewing cycling facilities in the Netherlands, and making comparisons with the cycling scene here in Canada.

Ottawa’s own Bixi bike pilot program, which began last year by offering rental bikes at four locations, logged more than 5,000 trips and will return this year with more locations.

The talk is sponsored by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Ottawa city councillor Clive Doucet, with the support of local cycling groups Cycling Vision Ottawa and Citizens for Safe Cycling. It begins at 5 p.m. in the Main Council Chamber.

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