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7-8 September 2012!
(c) NVHPV / Kees van Malssen 2012
Shortly the proceedings will be available through this site.
Programme details can be found through Programme and through the theme links:
|Many countries have developed programmes to stimulate cycling. Not only is cycling fun, but it also helps with reduction of traffic jams, poor health, obesitas and CO2 deposition. Although regular bikes are already efficient and nice, developments have continued beyond that.|
New type of bikeA new type of bike has been developed in order to increase comfort and efficiency, resulting in a comprehensive transport alternative. This resulted in the recumbent bike and eventually the velomobile: a recumbent bike with fairing and multiple wheels for superior utilisation in traffic. The fairing dramatically increases speed beyond the level of the ordinary bicycle. This allows the velonaut to get further whilst properly protected against the weather. Shielded from the wind, dry and with ample space for luggage or other stuff.
Continuous developmentAround the relative new concept of velomobiles, numerous developments take place. World wide velomobiles are marketed by commonly relative small companies. The main focus being The Netherlands, particularly Dronten. Bikes from Dronten can be found riding in many European countries, but also in Japan, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.
150 velomobiles on tour
With 80 cm, a velomobile is hardly any wider than a cyclist measured from elbow to elbow. A child-trailer is even broader! However, especially because of the increased speeds velomobiles have different requirements for infra structure: broader than the ordinary cycling path and with wider corners. This is by the way something all cyclists would benefit from.
Commonly velomobiles can use the regular traffic infrastructure, but also cycling paths where available. Most European cycling infrastructure may be useable, but will not do right to the full potential of velomobiles. Especially the there is a blind spot for the significantly larger distances velonauts can cover. This is the main reason why the Dutch Human Powered Vehicles association is pleading for country wide fast bike routes.
On Friday 7 September a scientific and technical meeting with oral and poster presentations, combined with technical performances has been held. The conference part of the seminar will be organised around the following themes:
contact: seminar AT ligfiets.net
The seventh international velomobile seminar is organised and sponsored by the NVHPV
(c) 2012 NVHPV, the Dutch Association for Human Powered Vehicles.
Nederlandse Ligfietsvereniging NVHPV