In Utrecht, a city where 60% of the journeys are made by bike, a local community group called "Harten voor Sport" (Hearts for Sport) began organizing cycling lessons in 2015 as a tool for integrating immigrants to Dutch society. This initiative was especially directed towards integrating and emancipating immigrant women,who tend to spend more time closer to home, have more safety concerns and might not know how to cycle. The outcome was clear; more women learned how to ride a bike, and became more mobile, independent,confident,and empowered. The initiative had good infrastructure, which made getting around by bike easier for women with no previous experience, to thank for some of its success. Another of Harten voor Sports initiatives involved offering classes in Utrecht’s first state-funded Islamic primary school, where children aged 10 to 11 learned how to fix their bicycles.
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