Stichting Vrienden op de Fiets, the Dutch Foundation for Cycle Friends, manages a network of guest addresses for sporty people and offers welcoming and inexpensive overnight accommodation during biking and hiking trips. The Stichting Vrienden op de Fiets is a non-profit foundation.
The foundation aims to offer all bikers, hikers and other sporty people the possibility to undertake multi-day trips. It wants to stimulate chance encounters between like-minded people and contribute to the growth of sustainable tourism.
It all started at a kitchen table
Vrienden op de Fiets began in 1984, at Nel de Blécourt's kitchen table. Nel and her husband Hijbo made Vrienden op de Fiets a Dutch household name. Over the last few decades, the network developed into a foundation with tens of thousands of Friends and almost five thousand Dutch and international guest addresses.
In 2003, the couple stopped working for the foundation and their children continued their work. Since 2011, the work has been carried out by a small team under the supervision of an independent Board.