26 March 2018 | News
On 26 March 2018, the PolanenPark business park in Halfweg gave the official green light for its bicycle-sharing project. Eight free sharing bicycles will be made available to all the employees of companies located at PolanenPark for cycling to work from the NS Haarlem Spaarnwoude railway station. With this initiative, PolanenPark hopes to improve accessibility for employees and encourage the use of public transport.
Employees book a bicycle in advance, which will be waiting for them at the NS train station and which they can use to ride ‘the last mile’ between the station and their place of work. Supplied by Skopei 360, the bicycles come equipped with a lock that may be opened with a special booking code. These refurbished bicycles boast excellent quality and are fully in line with PolanenPark’s circular economy goals.
Reinoud Fleurke, Regional Development Manager at SADC: “SADC develops locations which offer nice environments to work in and part of this is making it easier to get to work. We are active on several different fronts to improve the accessibility of our work locations. Better accessibility through public transport – by offering a bicycle-sharing programme – is crucial to achieving this goal. This also enables us to contribute to a better quality of life in the region.”
Coen Vermeer, Chairperson of the Park Management Association: “The board of Vereniging PolanenPark (the business park’s owners’ and users’ association) is enthusiastic about this test using shared bicycles. It really represents an added value for the business park, and also for our members’ employees.”
The bicycle-sharing project will start with a six-month testing period. If the project proves to be a success, in consultation with the companies at PolanenPark, discussions will be held to determine in which form the bicycle-sharing system can be continued. It is also possible that this will include coordination with the bicycle-sharing system used at the Waarderpolder business park. This will be done in cooperation with the City of Haarlem and the BeterBenutten (Smart Mobility) programme of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.