About Stichting Vrienden op de Fiets

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.

Vrienden op de Fiets likes to work with partner organisations that share our ideas and goals. Interested in our annual report? Download a copy (in Dutch) here

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 more than 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.


Lees in het Nederlands


Dear Friends and guest addresses,

Behind the scenes we are working on a new IT system. It will go live at the end of this month. Therefore, the website will be closed from Wednesday March 24 to Tuesday March 31. From April 1st you are more than welcome and almost all services will be available again. In the meantime, we would like to refer you to the booklet and of course the helpdesk is available for questions.

After April 1, there are a few perks that you will probably have to wait for. For example, the notice board (‘Prikbord’) for finding a cycling or walking buddy is not immediately back. The gift membership that you may want to give to a good friend is also temporarily unavailable. We try to fix this as soon as possible.

Warning: please save your favorite guest addresses and the information and contacts of the Prikbord’. We are doing our best, but we may not be able to put this information back on the site. If all goes well, you will not notice the new system and you will soon be able to use the service you are used to again.

Thanks for your patience and a warm greeting,

Team Vrienden op de Fiets