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Aldermen in Amsterdam North spend a lot of public money on taxi trips. Up to now, in 2013, € 23,000 has been spend. And last year the four Aldermen together have spend € 38,000 on taxi costs.
Reason enough for the political youth organization of the VVD to offer the Aldermen a second hand bicycle. 'With our investment we can save thousands of euro's of tax money. Most taxi trips are in and around the district itself and very bikeable.'
In case you think this is a crazy proposal, you should know that it is normal for a lot of Dutch Aldermen to use the bicycle for daily transportation and work related trips. Just a few pictures to proof it.
Alderman Peter Smit of the City of The Hague
Alderman Marieke Moorman of the city of Tilburg
Alderman Selçuk Akinci of the City of Breda
Alderman Peter Verheij of the town of Alblasserwaard
This organization collects toys to hand out to children of poorer families. Now they also collect second hand bicycles, as there is a huge demand for bicycles for children. The bicycles that are given to the organization do not have to be spick and span; the volunteers will repair the bikes and make sure the brakes and bell work well.
"By giving more children the chance to cycle, at home or to school, they will have more experience in traffic. This is good for traffic safety. And the children have more active exercise."
This thursday, 17th October the book ‘Quiet 500' will be launched in Tilburg. A glossy magazine that shows (silent) poverty. Challenging the 500 richest people in the Netherlands to cooperate to reduce poverty. And to raise awareness, as many people have no idea what it is like to live with very little money.
Does this have anything to do with cycling? Yes. One of the charities that will be supported with the money raised, is ‘Stichting Broodnodig’ that has been set up many years ago by ‘Pater Poels’ (Father Poels). He is well known in Tilburg for visiting poor families, each and everyday. He delivers bread, before daybreak, before it will be noticed by neighbors. And he always does that on the bike.