Vrienden op de Fiets beginnings in 1984

Who has a spare room to let to cycling holiday-makers?

This was the advertisement Nel de Blécourt placed in the Arnhemse Koerier, a Dutch newspaper. She was looking for comfortable and affordable accommodations. In those days, these were pretty scarce: the choice was limited to an expensive hotel, a youth hostel or pitching your tent at a camping.

From 80 to more than 5000 Friends

Clearly, many people liked Nel’s idea and her add was answered by more than eighty people willing to let a room against a small fee. This was the beginning of a small network of guest addresses for cyclists and the birth of the Vrienden op de Fiets foundation. Nel made the foundation to what it is today: an (inter)national network of places to stay for sporty people. Since then, Vrienden op de Fiets has experienced a rapid growth. Despite that, the foundation has managed to retain the feel of the small-scale initiative that it used to be. Even now that there are more than 5000 guest addresses and 100000 Friends. Nel de Blécourt knew what she was doing in 1984! In the intervening decades, Vrienden op de Fiets has remained true to her ideal.

Nel de Blécourt passed away in November 2016 at the age of 85. Her memory is kept alive by Vrienden op de Fiets.


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