Initiative to nominate a cycling champion for the Dutch city was set up by an NGO, that hopes more cities will follow suit
Anna Luten is the equivalent of a cycling tsar, who will act as a cycling advocate in the city negotiating between cyclists, community groups and city hall.
Video: Rush hour time-lapse at Amsterdam station’s new shared space
CycleSpace says a Bicycle Mayor’s role is to promote the benefits of cycling, “while being continuously in touch with the innovations that bring about this better future”.
You may think the job would be an easy one in one of the world’s cycling capitals, but today what appears to be a “shared space” treatment on a busy road opened in Amsterdam, where cycles and cars will have to share the same space. The so-called “bicycle street” on Sarphatistraat, which has 5,000 vehicles using it per day, has been called a “worrying development” with concerns it could set a precedent. Usually bicycle streets should have no more than 2,500 vehicles per day for people to feel safe sharing with cars.
Individuals are asked to nominate Bicycle Mayors for their cities. Nominees are chosen by online poll. You can make nominations here