2024 Tour de France Femmes: Dutch Routes

2024 Tour de France Femmes: Dutch Routes

ROTTERDAM, 25 October 2023 – The route for the 2024 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, commencing outside France for the first time, has been announced in Paris. The race will start in Rotterdam and includes stages in The Hague and Dordrecht.

Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2024: Dutch stages revealed

The event, spanning from 12 to 18 August, will feature three stages in the Netherlands. This marks the first time the prestigious women's cycling event starts outside France. The collaboration involves Rotterdam, The Hague, and Dordrecht, aiming to create an accessible event that encourages cycling and physical activity.

First stage: Rotterdam to The Hague

Revealed in Paris, the first stage on 12 August starts next to the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam's Museumpark, covering 138 kilometers to The Hague. The route passes through Voorne-Putten and Westland, concluding in Kijkduin.

Second and third stages in Rotterdam

On 13 August, two stages are scheduled. The morning stage, a 73-kilometer ride from Dordrecht to Rotterdam, passes through Kinderdijk and Alblasserwaard. The afternoon features a 6-kilometer individual time trial in Rotterdam, starting at Erasmusbrug, passing landmarks like the Willemsbrug, and finishing on the Boompjes.

From Rotterdam to Valkenburg and beyond

Post the Rotterdam stages, the tour proceeds to a stage from Valkenburg to Liège, concluding at l’Alpe d’Huez on 18 August.

Rotterdam's pre-Tour festivities

A city program on 11 August in Rotterdam precedes the Grand Départ, featuring cycling tours and opportunities for visitors to experience the Tour route.

Official comments

Rotterdam's Alderman for Sports, Faouzi Achbar, expressed pride in hosting the event, emphasizing its potential to inspire and engage in cycling. Similarly, The Hague's Alderman for Sports, Hilbert Bredemeijer, and Dordrecht's Alderman Marc Merx highlighted the event's significance for city engagement and cycling promotion.

Directions and event information

For detailed event directions and information, visit the official website letourfemmes-rotterdam.nl.

How to reach the event

The event starts at Museumpark, located near the heart of Rotterdam. Easily accessible by public transportation, Museumpark is a vibrant area known for its cultural institutions.

Rotterdam focuses on affordability with new Housing Vision

Rotterdam focuses on affordability with new Housing Vision

ROTTERDAM, 25 October 2023 – The city of Rotterdam is taking significant steps to address the needs of residents and housing seekers through its newly approved Housing Vision, aimed at improving affordability, enhancing innovation and quality in new constructions, upgrading existing homes, and establishing a reporting centre for undesirable rental practices.

New housing strategy to meet growing demand

The increasing number of single-person households and rising housing prices in Rotterdam call for a serious approach. Alderman Chantal Zeegers (Climate, Construction, and Housing) emphasized the importance of housing, not just in terms of physical structures but as a communal effort to make the city a proud home for everyone.

Increasing affordability

With high demand across all housing segments, Rotterdam is focusing on expanding the middle segment. The city is encouraging the rapid construction of affordable homes by offering flexible regulatory measures and calling for innovative proposals to make better use of existing housing, such as adding extra floors (optoppen).

Future-proof neighbourhoods

To address issues like overdue maintenance, poor insulation, and foundational problems in many Rotterdam homes, the city plans to collaborate with homeowners' associations (VvE’s) and individual homeowners. Efforts will be directed towards sustainability and making these homes future-proof, as explained by Alderman Zeegers.

Fair housing market

Rotterdam is committed to ensuring a fair distribution of social housing and providing adequate support for those in vulnerable situations. Initiatives like the ‘Eerlijk te huur’ (Fairly for rent) platform are being introduced to maintain an accessible, inclusive, and equitable rental market.

Rotterdam's Construction Law

The introduction of a new Rotterdam Construction Law aims to facilitate the rapid development of affordable housing without compromising on quality or environmental concerns. This initiative is part of a larger plan to create better neighbourhoods and innovative living concepts within a densely populated city.

Key measures in brief

  • Launching the construction of 3,500-4,000 homes annually through new builds and temporary housing.
  • Ensuring 55% of new constructions are affordable until 2026, increasing to 65% thereafter.
  • Introducing a new Rotterdam Construction Law to maintain the momentum of affordable housing development.
  • Creating mixed neighbourhoods with various housing types to cater to all income levels.
  • Implementing innovative living-care concepts and measures to facilitate resident mobility.
  • Establishing a reporting centre for undesirable rental practices and educating tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities.

About the Rotterdam Housing Vision

The Rotterdam Housing Vision, developed with input from various stakeholders, outlines a long-term housing strategy up to 2040 and specific measures for the next five years. The Housing Accord, established by the city council in early 2023, forms the foundation of this vision. Further discussions in the city council are expected in March 2024.

For more information on the Rotterdam Housing Vision, visit: rotterdam.nl/woonvisie

Milestone reached in Rotterdam's Imagine Tower

Milestone reached in Rotterdam's Imagine Tower

ROTTERDAM, 12 October 2023 – A significant milestone has been reached in Rotterdam's Feyenoord City with the completion of the highest point of Imagine, a new residential tower. This marks a pivotal moment in the area's development, offering a glimpse into the future of sustainable urban living.

Construction milestone achieved in Feyenoord City

The highest point of Imagine, a new residential tower located on Laan op Zuid in Rotterdam, has been reached. Area developers AM and Heijmans have initiated the ambitious Feyenoord City development with the Imagine building. The structure comprises 295 residences, including 162 for purchase and 133 for rent through Vesteda, along with 120 parking spaces and 1,500 square meters of commercial space. The building is designed with sustainability in mind, featuring energy-efficient apartments, a climate-adaptive structure, and a communal inner garden. Residents will also have access to shared mobility options. The building is expected to be completed by the summer of 2024.

Diverse housing options for a wide audience

Situated at the boundary of Parkstad and Feyenoord City, Imagine consists of two high-rise residential buildings connected at street level by a structure housing commercial and social functions. The flats offer views of the inner garden, the Maas River, the new Feyenoord City, and towards the city centre. Designed by Barcode Architects, the living spaces of the flats for purchase range from 48 to 225 square meters, while Vesteda's rental flats range from 50 to 95 square meters. Currently, 95% of the residences have been sold. Parking is available in the lower levels, which also offer shared mobility options. Ten parking spots are reserved for Amber shared cars, with an additional six spots available for other shared cars.

Official statements

Wethouder for Climate, Building, and Living, Chantal Zeegers, commented, “Imagine is the first project in the development of Feyenoord City. It's wonderful that the first residents can move in next summer. The project offers sustainable residences surrounded by abundant greenery and water.”

Wilco van den Ban, speaking on behalf of the Development Combination OCFC, stated, “With Imagine, we are setting the right tone to create a sustainable urban living environment in this part of Rotterdam. We have a strong collaboration with the municipality of Rotterdam and StiGaM, and we appreciate the trust from homebuyers and Vesteda as a property investor and landlord in the Imagine project.”

Construction details

The construction is managed by the building combination of BAM Wonen and Heijmans Woningbouw. Henk Dilweg, representing the building combination, said, “With the realization of Imagine, we are making a positive contribution to future residents in Rotterdam South. The collaboration within the building combination is progressing smoothly, and it motivates our team to work on this significant project in a new sustainable environment.”

Event celebration

On Friday, 13 October, Wethouder Chantal Zeegers, along with involved partners, will perform a celebratory act to mark the achievement of the highest point.

Directions to Imagine

How to get there

Imagine is located on Laan op Zuid in Rotterdam, a bustling area known for its modern architecture and proximity to the city centre. The location is easily accessible by public transport and car.

Rotterdam introduces 'Eerlijk te Huur' for fair housing opportunities

Rotterdam introduces 'Eerlijk te Huur' for fair housing opportunities

ROTTERDAM, 31 August 2023 – A new dawn in the rental market is set as Rotterdam launches 'Eerlijk te Huur,' an innovative housing platform designed to combat discrimination. The platform allows prospective tenants to apply anonymously for rental properties, marking a significant step towards fair housing.

Addressing Housing Discrimination

Housing discrimination (Woondiscriminatie) has been identified as a growing issue. Dutch law prohibits landlords from selecting tenants based on characteristics such as origin, gender, nationality, or religion. However, studies show that applicants with non-Dutch sounding names are 23% less likely to be invited for a viewing.

Alderman Chantal Zegers, responsible for Building and Living, expressed her concerns about the issue. “It's unacceptable,” she said. “No one should be excluded from the housing market based on their background. Equal opportunities in housing are a fundamental right.”

How 'Eerlijk te Huur' Works

The 'Eerlijk te Huur' platform operates simply. Candidates register through a secure vault, creating a personal 'Woonpaspoort' that includes details like income and household composition. The developer then verifies the information to ensure its accuracy. Following this, anyone can anonymously apply for a property.

A Model for Other Cities

The pilot scheme is a crucial step in implementing the Law of Good Landlordship and is being closely monitored by other municipalities and the Ministry of the Interior. If successful, the methodology is expected to be adopted in other locations.

Property Availability

“The pilot has been made possible through a strong collaboration with the Platform of Private Landlords in Rotterdam (PPVR),” Zegers added. The PPVR is providing an initial 200 properties, ensuring a robust start. Notably, about 60% of these properties fall under social housing. Registration is open from 1 September via eerlijktehuur.nl.

Rotterdam's Watertorenweg welcomes new mural by Volkskracht

Rotterdam's Watertorenweg welcomes new mural by Volkskracht

ROTTERDAM, 21 August 2023 – A vibrant mural has been unveiled at Watertorenweg, marking the centenary of Volkskracht, a gesture that adds a touch of artistry to the city's landscape.

Mural details

A line from a poem by Moze Naél, previously revealed at Hofbogen in June, adorns the mural. The artwork, located near Watertorenweg, was crafted by artists Thomas & Jurgen, commissioned by Volkskracht in collaboration with the Opperclaes artists' collective.


An ode to Rotterdam

The poetic line, displayed on the 28-meter-high wall of the Mazesteyn senior complex in the De Esch district, was penned by Moze Naél to commemorate Volkskracht's 100th anniversary. The poem reads:

Waar we altijd voorwaarts,
waar geen weg meer terug.
Wanneer jij weer windje tegen,
wij dat duwtje in je rug.

Which translates to:

Where we always move forward,
where there's no way back.
When you face headwinds,
we give that push to your back.

Collaboration with residents

The mural, designed and executed by Thomas & Jurgen, holds a significant position in De Esch. Linda van der Vleuten from the Opperclaes artists' collective emphasized the importance of community involvement due to the mural's residential location. “We presented the artwork plans to around 25 residents and engaged in discussions with them. Based on the community's feedback, we modified the sketches. The residents appreciated being involved throughout the process.”

A gift to the city

The artwork stands as a welcoming sight for anyone entering the district, whether by foot, bike, or car. Jacqueline Frima, Chairperson of the Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, mentioned that, similar to the poem unveiled at Hofbogen in June, this poetic line serves as a birthday gift to all Rotterdammers.

Realize your dream

In celebration of its centenary, Volkskracht is inviting Rotterdam-based organizations to submit their visionary plans for the city. These submissions could win prizes ranging from one hundred to 250,000 euros. Entries are open until 31 August via their website. An expert jury will shortlist the submissions, and around two weeks later, Volkskracht will invite 75 applicants to pitch their dreams on 22, 23, and 30 September. The grand award ceremony, where cash prizes will be distributed, is scheduled for Wednesday, 4 October.

How to get there

Directions to Watertorenweg Located in the heart of Rotterdam, Watertorenweg is easily accessible by public transport, bike, or on foot. The area is known for its vibrant community and artistic flair.


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