Each year, the province of Gelderland, located in the central eastern part of the Netherlands, welcomes a round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at Papendal. In 2018, it will host the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, three years after organising the 2015 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championshipsin the same velodrome. Cycling is a key part of the mobility policy of the province of Gelderland, whose main target is to offer cyclists good and safe infrastructure to promote bicycle use within the population and for tourists.

Its cycle track policy for the coming years is focused on the development of fast cycling routes, as well as the implementation and improvement of regional interconnected cycling routes including those serving schools.

Significant investments have been and continue to be made to improve the quality of the cycling route network, and increase its appeal for tourists: the tourist bicycle network in Gelderland spans some 6,000 kilometres. The province of Gelderland manages 1,200 km of provincial roads, of which more than 90% have a separate cycling infrastructure. In partnership with the regional body Road Safety East Netherlands, the province also organises and supports numerous educational activities and campaigns to stimulate safe cycling amongst bike users of all ages. Gelderland also actively supports multimodal transport combining cycling and public transport.

More than 90 recreational cycling events took place in Gelderland in 2017; major mass participation events with closed routes include the Ronde van Nijmegen, Jan Janssen Classic and Vale Ouwe.


Country The Netherlands 
Municipalities 54 
Area 5,137 km2 
Population (1 January 2016)2,000,000 
Population density389/km2 

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