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Zeeland - May 31

Discover Zeeland by bike and learn all about energy transition on our Climate Classic training ride! Choose from 2 routes: a grueling 135 km route or a more relaxed ride of about 60 km.
 
Climb into a wind turbine at the Krammer Wind Farm and discover how we get energy from the wind. Learn at Dockwize de Kaap how to grow food on saline soil and visit the Loverendale Ter Linde biodynamic farm. Feel the wind in your hair as you cycle across the iconic Oosterscheldekering
 
A unique experience about the beautiful islands of Zeeland not to be missed!

Gelderland - June 7

Living in a house made of recycled plastic? It's possible! 
On June 7, you'll learn how. 
 

Cycle with us through Gelderland and discover what is already happening here for the transition to a more sustainable future! Choose from our approx. 65 km or approx. 40 km route and explore the beautiful surroundings of Nijmegen. Start at 12:30 at the HAN in Nijmegen and along the way discover inspiring visiting locations such as the Veldschuur (subject to change), where you will learn all about the energy transition in this province.

Join the adventure and be inspired for a more sustainable future!

Utrecht - June 28

Discover two beautiful 50 km and 80 km routes through Utrecht! Start at Het Hof van Cartesius in the Werkspoor Quarter for inspiration and group building. Visit energy center Mijn Groene Huis and Triodos bank for a sustainable lunch. On the long route discover Bouwboeren in Schalkwijk. End the day with drinks at Warmoes on the Hof van Cartesius! Sign up and put the date in your calendar for an energetic day full of new insights and friends!

Groningen - September 6

Info to follow soon!

Friday, May 31, 2024: Zeeland
Start @ Innovatiepunt de KAAP Kenniswerf Vlissingen

Will you join us on our unique bicycle tour of Zeeland?

The perfect training ride for the Climate Classic 3 weeks later.
Get inspired by local initiatives in the field of
climate change oa. wind energy, saltwater cultivation culture, circular building.

Wondering which windmills we all cycle past? Check them out here

Cycle along and sign up!

We mapped out 2 really cool routes:

  1. The Bikkelroute (135 km, suitable for road cyclists).: For the adventurous cyclist. This challenging tour takes you across three islands of Zeeland: Walcheren, North Beveland and Schouwen-Duiveland. Cycle over the iconic Oosterscheldekering, one of the largest flood defenses in the world, and experience the impressive seascapes. This route is a perfect training ride for the Climate Classic.
  2. The Walcheren Route (60 km, suitable for racing and touring cyclists): Would you prefer a shorter ride? This route across Walcheren is ideal for those for whom 135 kilometers is just a bit too much. Explore the picturesque surroundings and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of this Zeeland island.

From 9:30 a.m. is the reception for both routes at Innovation point the KAAP at the knowledge yard in Vlissingen, next to the NS railway station. Here you will hear more about the development, test and demo location for the themes of water, energy and food and admire a nacelle (heart of a windmill) and a windmill blade at eye level. We start at 10:00!

On the route across the storm surge barrier to the south coast of Schouwen, we will also pass several locations where sustainable food products such as seaweed, mussels (hanging culture and bottom cultivation) , microalgae and fish are grown on a smaller and larger scale. The Province of Zeeland is leading the way when it comes to these kinds of initiatives, where salt water is being used to contribute to the protein transition, among other things. Along the way we cycle over the mighty Oosterscheldekering, the impressive Zeelandbrug (only Bikkelroute)
and we visit bio farm Loverendale, Fieldlab Burghsluis, the Krammer Wind Farm and a biobased construction project.

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Friday, June 7, 2024: Gelderland
Start at 12:30 at HAN Nijmegen

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Friday, June 28, 2024: Utrecht
Start: Hof van Cartesius

Hof van Cartesius, Vlampijpstraat 84-94, 3534 AR Utrecht, 1 minute bike ride from
Zuilen station.

Ienclosure: 9:30 | Start: 10:00 | End: ± 16:00 | krentenbol, banana and cola included.

There are two routes for 'home town' Utrecht, a shorter route of about 50 km and a somewhat longer one of about 80 km. With the flame in the pipe, we kick off the day at Het Hof van Cartesius. Located in the Werkspoor district near Zuilen on the west side of town, Het Hof has Buurman as the winner of the Circular Awards 2024. After explaining and dividing the groups at the hof, the route will head towards Zeist on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. This inspiration route includes a visit to the energy center of 'My Green House', and the Triodos bank near Driebergen where we have a sustainable organic lunch.

With a currant bun and banana in their pockets, the group of the long route cycled on to the construction farmers. An initiative for the production of organic building materials in Schalkwijk.

We will start at 10:00 am and end the day in the late afternoon with drinks at Warmoes on Cartesius Court, full of energy, new insights and new friends! Put the date in your calendar, pump up your tires, and get ready to make a difference together! Make sure you do come with a well-maintained and safe bike with proper clothing and a helmet.

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Friday, March 22, 2024: North Brabant
Start Breda University of Applied Sciences

BUAS, Monseigneur Hopmansstraat 2, 4817 JS Breda. 5 minutes by bike from Breda CS.

Ienclosure: 9:45 | Start: 10:00 | End: ± 16:00 | krentenbol, banana and cola included.

We kick off the day at Breda University of Applied Science (BUas) who will tell us about their mission and actions to become climate neutral. After this we get on our bikes and cycle a nice round through the Brabant countryside of about 85 kilometers

First we pedal eastward toward the innovative Rodenburg Biopolymers. In Oosterhout is the factory where we get an explanation of their production of polymers from bio-based raw materials. With a currant bun and banana in our pockets, we then bike 40km to the other side of Breda to Cosun Beet company in Dinteloort, where they know all about sugar beets!

We start at 10:00 and end the day in the late afternoon with drinks, full of energy, new insights and new friends! Put the date in your calendar, pump up your tires, and get ready to make a difference together! Register do under the route! ⬇️

Friday, September 15, 2023: Overijssel
Start 10:00 University of Twente

Overijssel

We got them. The most innovative projects & companies around the University of Twente. All within cycling distance of each other!

When you register, we ask you what your climate footprint is. 

You calculate these here and below is explained why we like to know (and what you will do about it!)

From 9:30 you are welcome for coffee and introductions at the University of Twente. There are two different routes that can be followed. A road bike route of 90 km, and a recreational route of about 50 km. Along the way we will visit organizations working on climate change. Stops on both routes are subject to change:

The University of Twente, where we can learn about vibrant ideas and how they are contributing to a more sustainable world in their operations. 

Enschede Energy, a local energy cooperative focused on clean and renewable energy sources.

In the process, the road cyclists will also visit ReintenInfra, a progressive company working on sustainable infrastructure and developing smart solutions to reduce environmental impact.

Recreational cyclists will visit 2 additional locations. 

1. Water Board Vechtstromen, where we get an explanation about the Kristalbad and the functions of this area in case of drought and flooding.

2. Natuurmonumenten, where the forester will update us on the management and climate challenges of Buursezand.

The day will last approximately from 10:00- 17:00 and the organizations listed are still subject to change. Put it in your calendar and register here! The routes will be shared in advance and will be posted on the website.

For only €5, you'll get the most inspiring innovations, sustainable lunch and the most beautiful kilometers in Overijssel!

Climate Promise

We cycle to draw attention to the consequences of climate change. But attention is not enough. We want to make an impact. 

Again, together we make more impact. As a participant of the Duurzame Doeners Klimaattocht, we expect you to contribute to reducing your own footprint or that of your friends/family/colleagues and or increase your positive handprint.We arecurious to know what you will do (besides cycling a bit) to reduceyour footprint. Think about never eating meat again, having a talk with your neighbors about installing solar panels on their roof , insulation, insulation, insulation, joining a local energy cooperative, taking the train on vacation this year, planting trees or offsetting your own unavoidable emissions. Find more info here.

Friday, April 21: South Holland
Start 10:00 Port of Rotterdam Authority

South Holland

We got them. South Holland's most innovative projects & companies. All within biking distance of each other!

When you register, we ask you what your climate footprint is. 

You calculate these here and below is explained why we like to know (and what you will do about it!)

From 9.30 you are welcome for coffee and introductions at the Port of Rotterdam Authority at the Wilhelminakade. Around 10.15 a. m. we start and go alest into the port to see how the energy transition is taking shape in the port.

The first stop is at Battolyser Systems in Schiedam, Netherlands. Here we get a glimpse into the future of green hydrogen production. After this we pedal to The Green Village, TU Delft's field lab for sustainable innovations, where Andy van den Dobbelsteen gives an explanation. Here we enjoy a sustainable lunch. After this it's a nice long bike ride along the Nieuwe Waterweg and the coast towards Trias Westland to check out a geothermal power plant! In case you think 100+km is too much, opt for the shorter variant!

We finish around 4:30 p.m. in the heart of Rotterdam. There we are guests at DAREL Education : the club that has taught more than 10,000 high school students about the energy transition and Sinkit the Carbon Removal cooperative that focuses on Scope4 emissions. Here we enjoy Friday afternoon drinks with a view of the city.

For only €15 you get the most inspiring innovations, the sustainable lunch and the most beautiful kilometers of South Holland! And because youth is the future, they get a 50% discount on the registration fee.

Two routes have been created:

  1. Recreational: ± 60km(link)
  2. Road bike: ±80 km(link)

The recreational routes are based on junctions which makes them very easy to follow. Via links the routes can be viewed, printed and downloaded. 

For the sporty cyclists, we have GPX that you can upload to your bike computer (or put on your smartphone with the app BikeGPX , for example)   

When you register, we ask you what your climate footprint is. 

You calculate these here and below is explained why we like to know (and what you will do about it!)

At 10 a. m. we start at the Gelderland provincial government building in Arnhem after a cup of coffee and a brief introduction by delegate Helga Witjes, the starting shot follows!

Where do we visit? 

Energy Park Koningsplei: On the IPKW site, the fourth wind turbine is currently being realized. Some involved residents of energy cooperative Rijn and IJssel Enegie explain the origins and plans.

E-laad: ElaadNL is the knowledge and innovation center in the field of smart charging infrastructure in the Netherlands. Through their mutual involvement through ElaadNL, network operators are preparing for a future with electric driving and sustainable charging. Our mission is to ensure that everyone can charge smartly. We monitor the EV charging infrastructure and coordinate connections between public charging stations and the electricity grid.

Elestor: Cost-effective electricity storage is often referred to as "the missing link" in the energy transition. Elestor's mission is to minimize the cost of electricity storage by introducing large-scale cost-effective H-Br storage technology, thereby uniting the interests of the Planet, People and the Company's Profitability.

Velocity: The bicycle is our tool. Transportation by bicycle is not only good for the environment and urban livability. We have been proving for 20 years that in urban areas it is also more efficient than traditional environmentally damaging transport. Our enthusiastic bicycle couriers are in top form and know the city like the back of their hand. Our next goal is to get downtown city logistics emission-free by 2025!

Emmerik: The Emmerik has been established as a Circular Hub since November 2020 in a temporary building made of sea containers on the grounds of Centrale Gelderland. Here the first entrepreneurs are working together on a local circular economy and the realization of a permanent building of which you can see an impression above.

Tennet: We keep the lights on. The grid operator of the Netherlands and much of Germany owns and manages over 24,000 kilometers of high-voltage cables. TenneT has an important role in the energy transition, because all that "wind at sea," must eventually come ashore and the increasingly variable supply of renewable energy must be continuously balanced with usage. And TenneT takes care of that for us!

All in all: plenty of reason to get on your bike on Friday, Nov. 4 and discover all that Gelderland is doing in the field of sustainability!

Recreational route

Directions can be found here

Road bike route

Saturday 27 August: Groningen
Start 10:00 Provinciehuis (behind the Olle Grieze)

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Two routes have been created:

  1. Recreational: 37 or 57 km(link)
  2. Road bike: 112 km(link)

The recreational routes are based on junctions which makes them very easy to follow. Via links the routes can be viewed, printed and downloaded. 

For the sporty cyclists, we have GPX that you can upload to your bike computer (or put on your smartphone with the app BikeGPX , for example)   

When you register, we ask you what your climate footprint is. You can calculate it here and below is an explanation of why we want to know (and what you are going to do about it!)

At 10:00 we start at the most sustainable provincial building in the Netherlands! On the Martini cemetery stands here since June 16, 1602 the provincial building of Groningen. After a short introduction by the Deputy Melissa van Hoorn the starting shot follows!

There are two routes to choose from. A recreational variant of either 37 or 57km that takes you through the most beautiful countryside around the city of Groningen by following the cycle junctions. And for the fanatics a racing bike variant of just over 100km to see even more sustainable initiatives in Groningen.

The racing cyclists will make a round trip in a northeasterly direction to Eemshaven and Delfzijl and discover along the way that Groningen is one of the forerunners in the development of sustainable bio-based raw materials. For example, in Delfzijl, plastic is made from plants and in Eemshaven, cooling is done with water from the water plant in Garmerwolde to reduce drinking water consumption. At Eemshaven an explanation is given of the sustainable energy developments in the North Sea that 'land' at the port. Here you will get a refreshment and some new energy.

In addition, in 't Zandt, we will take a look at a renewable energy cooperative that generates energy locally in their solar farm for residents in the area. #ThatMoreResidentsShouldDo!

All in all: enough reason to get on your bike on 27 August and discover what Groningen is doing in the field of sustainability!

Recreational route

A beautiful tour along 5 different locations that are working in an innovative way to improve their impact on the climate. 

Start at 10 am at the Province House in Groningen near the railway station.

We will then cycle past several sustainable do-gooders such as:

  •  Distillery Hooghoudt where rainwater is purified for the production of genever 
  • The most sustainable entrepreneur of 2010
  •  Holthausen gases realising emission-free truck transport
  • Eelde Airport the future of electric flying?!
 

The recreational route is 37 or 57 km, good for at least 3 hours of cycling fun!

 View the full route description here!

Road bike route

For the avid road cyclists, we have created a beautiful route through t hooge land. With text and explanations at:

  • Solar villages in 't Zandt, generating renewable energy for local residents.   
  • Groningen Seaports: the location of sustainable energy for the future. Explanation and revitalization. 
  • DGB bio-energy future paper pulp processing plant in Delfzijl 

Saturday 21 May: Noord Holland
Start 10:00 station Heerhugowaard

May - North Holland

Two routes have been created:

  1. Recreational: 42 or 60 km(link)
  2. Road bike: 97 km (link)

The recreational routes are based on junctions, making them very easy to follow. Via links (below) you can view, print and download the routes. For the sporty cyclists, we have GPX that you can upload to your bike computer (or for example, use the app BikeGPX on your smartphone).   

The recreational route can be here and print it out. The road bike route can be found here.

When you register, we ask you what your climate footprint is. You can calculate it here and below is an explanation of why we want to know (and what you are going to do about it!)

We will start at 10.00 hrs at Heerhugowaard Station (Stationsplein 5), where the deputy will give the starting signal. Edward Stigter gives the starting signal.

The starting point is part of the province's public transport junction programme. At such locations, living, working and facilities come together more than before, so that fewer travel movements are needed. Which, of course, is better for the climate! More info about OV-junctions here.

After this, there are several locations that we cycle past:

  1. City of the sun : this sustainable district was ahead of its time! (address follows asap)
  2. HVC Alkmaar By 2022, a residual waste incinerator will change to reusing waste as a raw material for new products and supplying half a million households with sustainable energy via the sun, wind and biomass (explanation of the solar fields). 
  3. Zonneweide Bergen - With over 9,500 solar panels, Bergen Energie (the local cooperative) provides a lot of sustainable electricity. See also: Bergen Energie - Together for the production of sustainable energy in the Bergen municipality
  4. Schoorl: According to the KNMI, Schoorl will be the driest place in the Netherlands in 2050. Here we will visit the Outdoor Centre Schoorlse Duinen and refreshments will be waiting for you!
  5. Camperduin (optional for the 60 km variant): Here you can see a good example of how, with the help of nature, we are protecting the Netherlands from the force of the sea. Read about it here: New Hondsbossche Dunes.

The cyclists will then continue to the largest wind farm in the Netherlands and visit Agriport !
a. Wieringermee Wind Farmr : in Nieuwesluis the Dutch dike village.
b. At Agriport we will visit Energy Company ECW Energy where there is a geothermal energy installation and high temperature energy storage. (address follows asap)

 

Recreational route

  • Start and finish at a station (accessible to everyone)
  • You cycle along the most beautiful cycle paths and through the most beautiful countryside
  • By following the cycle junctions it is possible to enjoy without worries  
  • You visit locations that are now dealing with the climate in a better way.
  • That's why you sometimes get extra directions on how to get there
  • You can start your cycling tour at any of the visiting locations 
  • Start and finish at Heerhugowaard station is not a must
  • Print these directions before you set off by bike 
  • What is 60 km cycling? Only three hours of enjoyment at 20km/h (or 4 at 15km/h)

Road bike route

For each edition, there will be different distances (between 25-100km), so that the recreational as well as the touring and racing cyclist can ride a nice tour. 

Each tour takes participants to 3 to 6 interesting locations where people are working towards a better and more sustainable world. Here, you will get an explanation of the impact that these sustainable doers are making. You will learn more about what is already happening and you might get inspired to contribute even more in a fun way. So register and get on your bike! 

The routes are not signposted. Via the links you can download a GPX file or print out the route (do it yourself at home!). With the app BikeGPX you can also use the files on your smartphone as navigation.

Impression of the first climate tour through Flevoland

Saturday 12 March: Utrecht

Assen

Six interesting locations

Recreational route (60km)
Road bike route (83km)

Emmen

Six interesting locations

Recreational route (70km)
Race cycle route (87km)

Hoogeveen

Five interesting locations

Recreational route (55km)
Road bike route (53km)

Saturday 12 March: Utrecht

Walk-in from 9.30 a.m. at various starting points. 

Two distances: 42km and 84km (or 92km with a few extra climbs) . 

GPX Files:
Short Route: 42km
Long Route 84 km or 92 km

The rough timetable and exact addresses can be found here.

The short route passes close to garden centre Steck in Overvecht. On 12 March they will collect bicycles for people who do not have a bicycle. If you have an unused one, take it with you and hand it over to Bikeflip! Sustainable & Social!

Calculate your climate footprint here 

The short route of 42 kilometres passes five locations. You can start at any of these locations. The walk-in is from 9:30. The programme starts at 9:45.

  • Landgoed shop Korte Jansstraat 5 Utrecht (no parking). A drink will be offered to you by the province!
    * Optional: Hand in old bike at Garden Centre Steck
  • Groenekan (municipality of De Bilt): the members of Energiecoöperatie BENG! explain how they realised a solar field with 1,000 solar panels.  
  • Zeist: at the Energy Centre (Slotlaan 300) you can get tips on how to make your home more sustainable.
  • Driebergen: car park at Triodos Bank (Hoofdstraat 10, Driebergen). The 3,300 m2 solar panels above the parking lot supply the Triodos Bank building with energy. In addition, there are 120 bi-directional charging posts. An employee of Triodos Bank talks about the how and why.
  • Werkhoven: A group of enthusiastic residents got to work on making the village and schoolyard greener and climate adaptive. View the beautiful end result and listen to the experiences. Delteyk School De Curtis 7E.

At The long route you will pass six locations. You can start in Utrecht (Korte Jansstraat 5; note: in the centre = no parking) or at the Triodos Bank Hoofdstraat 10 in Driebergen (follow signs for parking).

  • Landgoedwinkel Korte Jansstraat 5 Utrecht (also starting location and consumption of the province!)
  • Triodos Bank car park at De Reehorst country estate in Driebergen: 3,300 m2 of solar panels above the car park provide energy for the Triodos Bank building. There are also 120 bi-directional charging stations. An employee of Triodos Bank talks about the how and why. 
  • Forest near Leersum: a fall wind in June 2021 caused enormous damage in the village and to the nature reserves around Leersum. Staatsbosbeheer talks about that event and about how the (Lombok) forest is being restored.
  • Wijk bij Duurstede: Energy cooperative EWEC explains how they generate solar energy on the roof of the old brickworks and the energy counter offers tips on how to save energy.
  • Eco-district Houten: here you can see and hear what it means to live in an eco-district.
  • Hydrogen filling station Nieuwegein: the first publicly accessible hydrogen station in the province! Employees of Jos Scholman tell about the motives and experiences. Jos Scholman's vehicle fleet drives on hydrogen.

Saturday 12 February: Flevoland

Walk-in from 9.30 a.m. at the Province House 

Two distances: 36 and 60 kilometres.
The short route can be found here
. The long route can be found here

The GPX files can be found here

The addresses and rough timetable can be found here.

Around 15:00 you will be back at the county hall (lunch will be provided)

Practical information
9:30 Walk-in with coffee and tea at the Province House (Visarenddreef 1, Lelystad)
10:00 Welcome by delegate Jop Fackeldey
10:15 Start 60 km; 10:30 Start 36 km route

The tour passes the following locations where you will get an explanation of ± 20 minutes:
* Vinyl RecyclingThe recycling company for PVC.
* The Farm of the Future The name says it all!
* Giga-storageThe largest battery storage system in the Netherlands
*. SolarVation: Developer of innovative energy systems
* FlevoBike (only on the 60km route)
* Lunch at Farmer's Chef (offered by the province)
* Sustainability shop Flevoland

Calculate your climate footprint here

Together we go faster

IPO

The Interprovincial Consultation represents the common interests of the provinces in 'The Hague' and 'Brussels'. On the one hand, by playing an informative and guiding role in the (formal) preparation of policy that is of importance to the provinces. On the other hand, by sharing knowledge with and providing information to the provincial partners and stakeholders. To this end, IPO has an extensive network and maintains contact with, among others, the Cabinet, Parliament, ministries, the European Union and social organisations in the areas where the provinces are active. 

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Friday, Sept. 15: Overijssel
Start 10:00 a.m. University of Twente