As of today, July 6 2023, employees at Schiphol-East can make free use of new shared bicycles. In collaboration with Hely, Schiphol has started a new bikeshare programme with 150 shared bikes available at five bicycle parking facilities. Schiphol stimulates the use of bicycles as a sustainable and healthy mode of transport and encourages employees to use bikes to cover short distances at the airport.
"The new shared bicycles are perfect for getting to a meeting in another building quickly, getting a sandwich during lunch or continuing your journey from the bus stop. We hope that many employees will make frequent use of the bikes as an alternative to travelling by car. That will contribute to our goal of making transport to, from and at the airport more sustainable." - Richard Emmerink, Director Strategy & Airport Planning at Schiphol.
During the launch phase, these Hely shared bicycles can be used for free by employees of companies located at Schiphol-East. Companies can set up a business account at www.hely.com/schiphol and employees can then sign up easily using the Hely app. There are five central bicycle parking facilities where employees can pick up and drop off the bikes:
Schiphol Knooppunt Noord
Canadaweg bus stop
Knooppunt Oost bus stop
Southern Crossstraat bus stop (Technical Area East)
Zuideinde bus stop (Technical Area East)
A previous bikeshare pilot showed that employees like to use the bicycles for journeys on the Schiphol grounds, between the terminal, offices and car parks. The introduction of these Hely shared bikes is the next step towards a permanent bicycle sharing service at the airport.
More bicycle traffic
Schiphol is committed to encouraging commuting by bicycle; it's beneficial to the health of employees and it's a sustainable mode of transportation. We are working on creating good facilities and bike routes to the airport. These include a fast cycle route, bike parking with solar panels and a Bicycle Service Point. Furthermore, Schiphol encourages its staff to use bicycles by way of a bike plan and by compensating each kilometre cycled.
Sustainable shared transport Hely
Hely was founded by PON & NS to make mobility more sustainable, improve livability in cities and offer flexibility to travelers. In doing so, Hely does not focus on one specific means of transport, but offers all types of shared transport through one app such as e-bikes, electric shared cars and electric cargo bikes. The goal is to make the use of sustainable shared transportation as simple and accessible as using your own bike or car. Every month, tens of thousands of rides are made on the more than 100 Hely Hubs in the Netherlands.
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