Senior Policy Adviser
Dutch Cycling Embassy
Tom Godefrooij is a sustainable transport specialist. After graduating in 1975 with a degree in architecture, he worked for several years as a practicing architect. In 1981 he joined the Dutch Cyclists’ Union to create a publication on traffic calming. Subsequently, he became policy director of the Dutch Cyclists’ Union and worked with virtually all aspects of cycling, ranging from road safety and infrastructure design and policy development to technical standards for vehicles and equipment.
From 1996 to 1999 Mr. Godefrooiji served as president of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), and in 2000 he became program director for Velo Mondial 2000, the international cycling conference in Amsterdam.
In 2001 Mr. Godefrooij took up office with the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant to become project manager for the drafting of the Provincial Traffic and Transport Plan. This plan defines the roles of the various modes of transport in the transport system, as well as provides a framework for the transport policies of the municipal governments in the province. The plan was approved in 2006.
From 2006 to 2011 Mr. Godefrooij was employed by Interface of Cycling Expertise (I CE), with responsibilities centering on capacity building activities in the field of cycling-inclusive policy development. In this capacity he worked in India, South Africa, Tanzania, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Israel and Turkey.
Mr. Godefrooij is currently senior policy adviser at the newly created Dutch Cycling Embassy.