Tip from bike manufacturer Van Raam about the new normal

The corona crisis is slowly causing everyone to get used to a different way of working. For example, companies need to look at how they can apply the 'new normal' in their company. The aim of the 'Groen is Gaon' (Green is Go)  initiative is to use pictograms and posters to give everyone in the Achterhoek region (a region in the Netherlands, where Van Raam is located) something to hold on to, making it easier to get used to the new normal and have trust again. The initiative also helps to show visitors how to safely interact with each other. For example, Van Raam gives a tip about the use of your own laptops and Microsoft Teams during meetings, so that you no longer have to look at one screen with multiple people. Read more about 'Groen is Gaon' and Van Raam's tip here.


Groen is Gaon initiative in the Achterhoek region
'That's how we do it in the Achterhoek'. (Source: Groen is Gaon)

Initiative ‘Groen is Gaon’

The 'Groen is Gaon' initiative was created during a meeting at Achterhoekverbindt.nl, an initiative of regional companies. It is part of ten action points to get back on track with each other during the corona crisis. This initiative was created to establish safety and trust in interaction with each other. With recognizable pictograms and posters they carefully put the red traffic light back on green, within the framework of the RIVM (Dutch State Institute for Public Health). They want to give everyone something to hold on to, making it easier to get used to the new normal and to rebuild that trust. Jan Kaak of 8RHK Ambassadeurs says: "We literally and figuratively have to cross a threshold to find each other again. So it is important that we start up one by one in the region and regain trust together. If we do this together, smartly and gradually, there will be room for everyone to find their way back into the new normal". Source: 8rhk Ambassadeurs

The initiative also makes it possible to show visitors in a single glance the rules of the game how to deal safely with each other in the company, institution or government building in question. It is possible to download the window posters and pictograms on the website of 'Groen is Gaon', also a guide can be downloaded here. This contains more information about the initiative and concrete examples of the RIVM regulations and sector protocols.

Website 'Groen is Gaon'
“If we do this together, smartly and gradually, there will be room for everyone to find their way back into the new normal.” - Jan Kaak

Video: Van Raam gives a tip

Sometimes solutions are so obvious that you overlook them. What is an alternative to the habit of looking over each other's shoulders at the screen? In the video below, Van Raam gives a tip for using your own laptops and Microsoft Teams during meetings, so you don't have to watch one screen with multiple people.

Showroom manufacturer of special needs bikes Van Raam
The showroom at Van Raam is open for private consultation by appointment.

Measures at Van Raam related to the corona virus

The safety and health of Van Raam's employees and visitors is the highest priority. Van Raam follows the guidelines of the RIVM (Dutch State Institute for Public Health). Van Raam still produces bicycles and repairs. In this time we are lucky to make a lot in-house. Deliveries, orders and repairs continue for the time being.

At Van Raam it is possible to make an appointment for a private consultation. A private consultation at Van Raam means that four test rides or fittings with a technical advisor take place in our showroom. During this test ride, the four appointments take place in another part of the showroom, so that sufficient distance can be kept. Hygiene measures are also followed and the used bicycles and tables are cleaned after each appointment.

Do you have (mild) symptoms of a cold (sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, light coughing or a raised temperature)? Then there is Van Raam's request to stay at home and avoid (social) contacts.
Van Raam can still be reached by phone (+31 (0)315 257 370) and e-mail (info@vanraam.com) according to normal opening hours.

Read more measures in the article: ‘Measures related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Van Raam’.

Measures at Van Raam

Take a look at the Van Raam factory

It is currently not possible to visit Van Raam for a tour. However, you can virtually visit the Van Raam factory by watching the corporate film. Curious how the Van Raam bicycles are made? Read it on the page: 'How we make bikes'.