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Cycling tour held in HCMC to mark 50th year of Vietnam-Netherlands ties

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Consulate General of the Netherlands in HCMC this morning (April 8) held a bike tour around District 1 to highlight the growing Vietnam-Netherlands cooperation in green development and sustainable mobility.

Some 400 participants, including local officials and Dutch Consulate General staff, cycled past the city’s tourist attractions, such as the Opera House, Ben Thanh Market and Central Post Office.

The cyclists used environmentally friendly T-shirts made from 50% coffee-yarn and 50% recycled PET, an 100% recyclable plastic type. The T-shirts were designed by the Dutch Consulate General.

Cycling is one of the solutions for HCMC’s sustainable development, according to Dutch Consul General Daniel Stork. He noted that “bicycle is the easiest way, a cheap way and accessible for anybody at any level of society.”

The event is one of the activities held to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands. It was organized in collaboration with the HCMC Department of Transport, the Vietnam-Netherlands Friendship Association in HCMC, the Dutch Business Association Vietnam and the Dutch Cycling Embassy.

The tour is expected to promote sustainability, reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and avoid car accidents around the city.

The Dutch Consulate General previously held bike workshops with the Department of Transport between April 5 and 7.

Experts from the Dutch Cycling Embassy discussed with local authorities and university students on the promotion of cycling and the development of cycling infrastructure in HCMC.

Dutch Consul General Daniel Stork (C) delivers his opening remarks in front of the landmark Opera House
Local participants join the cycling tour. The event is part of the activities held to mark the 50-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands
Dutch Consul General Daniel Stork poses for a picture with Agustaviano Sofjan, consul general of Indonesia in HCMC and his wife, Triastuti Damarjati Sofjan, during the event
Cyclists wear environmentally friendly T-shirts made from 50% coffee-yarn and 50% recycled PET
Local riders travel along Le Loi Boulevard, District 1
The cyclists are seen near the Notre Dame Cathedral in downtown HCMC
Members of the Vietnam-Netherlands Friendship Association in HCMC take a selfie in front of the Opera House
Consul General Daniel Stork (2nd L) poses for a photo with Tran Trong Dung (R), chairman of the Vietnam-Netherlands Friendship Association in HCMC. Tran Trong Dung is also vice chairman of the Vietnam Journalists Association

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