From: Pascal J.W. van den Noort [mailto:operations@...
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 1:38 PM
We have two friends cycling around the world and their project is called
www.360ways.org. They are now in Italy and they are setting an example
how the Charter for Bicycle Friendly Communities and the Velo.Info
Benchmarking Tool could work. Peter and Christopher are now in Udine Northern Italy and they have success. Within their 2 years journey they will also visit
Please read the attached article. Udine has signed the 'Charter for
Bicycle Friendly Communities' this week; next Udine will use the Velo.Info
Benchmarking Tool (http://www.goudappelcoffeng.nl/Velo/InfoIndex.php)
find out what status they will get (bronze, silver, gold or platinum)
and where they could improve.
These results will be published on the interactive map of the world that
you will find on their website. Also Velo.Info's results in Europe and the
USA will be highlighted on the map. Doing so will give us an overview of the
status of bicycle friendliness all over the world. Could I ask you to please have a look at their website and at the Velo.Info Benchmarking Tool?
The way we would like to work with you is introducing The Charter and
Action Plan for Bicycle Friendly Communities together with Velo.Info's
Benchmarking tool in South America. We need to establish some mechanism for follow up as soon as Velo.Info can report to you that a South American
city/village/community has filled in the questionnaire; they then can be
awarded their bronze, silver, gold or platinum status.
This would be done by the representative of Velo Mondial / Velo.Info in
South America, together with consultants (local and international) who
can advise them how to improve. I-ce could be one of the international firms
competing for the job with other registered Velo.Info consultancy firms.
Dott. Massimo Plaino (International Relations Office of the University
of Udine) has offered to organize a support group for Velo Mondial /
Velo.Info in Northern Italy; they will translate the Velo.Info Benchmarking Tool
in Italian, invite other cities to join and be focal group for other
countries in the area.
Maybe you could think on how you would want to involve a yourself and
others in South America, like dott. Massimo Plaino does in Northern Italy.
Thanks and greetings,
Pascal J.W. van den Noort
Executive Director Operations Velo Mondial
Executive Board Velo.Info
+31 (20)6270 675
+31 (0) 6270 556 88