In the Netherlands there are a lot of organizations (more or less) involved with recreational cycling/ cycle tourism. Because of that, there is always need of co-operation and co-ordination. Therefore Fietsplatform was founded in 1987 as an umbrella-organisation (public-private partnership, foundation). It is a small organization (9 employees, 150 volunteers). Members are the Dutch cyclists’ union Fietsersbond, the Dutch tourists’ union ANWB and the Union for cycle-touring clubs NTFU. The work of Fietsplatform is financially supported by the member organizations, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and Nature Management and the 12 Dutch provinces(/regions).
Together with the member organizations (and their individual members, the cyclists) and with the support of the national and regional authorities (Ministries and Provinces) Fietsplatform tries improve the facilities for recreational cycling/ cycle tourism in the Netherlands and the use of these facilities.
Fietsplatform has two main tasks:
1. Functioning as a national expertise- and co-ordination centre
Giving impulses to the improving and the promotion of recreational cycling/ cycle tourism in NL (collecting and exchanging information, benchmarking, pointing at specific problems, organizing excursions and study-trips).
2. Functioning as the project leader for the National Cycle Network
Development (signing), maintenance, improvement and promotion of the Dutch network of long distance cycle-routes (4.500 km) as a basis for cycle holidays and weekend trips.
The Dutch National Cycling Platform (Stichting Landelijk Fietsplatform) has designed and developed a network of cycle routes throughout the Netherlands, with a total length of more than 4.500 km. All of these LF-routes are signposted in two directions, with the support of the national government and regional authorities. The most important target group of the network are people that like to make cycle holidays long or short. Fietsplatform is also responsible for the further product development, for promotion and marketing. We have published a lot of maps and guides.
The second, more general task of Fietsplatform is to co-ordinate activities related to recreational cycling (or cycle tourism) in the Netherlands. Together with the member organisations we try to improve the facilities and give impulses to the promotion.