all about bicycling in the Netherlands
Most of The Netherlands is covered in a blanket of snow right now, but many municipalities have been working hard to clear all that snow from the streets and cycle paths. ’s-Hertogenbosch did a good job and although it had snowed for almost 24 hours most of the main cycle routes in the city were perfectly okay to use.
Many people got on with their daily business on their bicycles. I thought it was beautiful to see and I hope you also like this relaxed* ‘dance’ of people on bicycles in the snow.
Cycling in ’s-Hertogenbosch in the snow on mostly cleared cycle paths and streets
* Not everybody cycling was really that relaxed. At the end of the video right when the music stops you can hear a woman frantically ringing her bell. A young girl is not amused when the woman pushes her aside while overtaking her and sounds clearly annoyed when she says: “Now now ma’am, are you in such a hurry?” To which the woman replies in an even more snappy tone: “Yes, I am in such a hurry yes!”
The weather was still pretty cold the following morning. ’s-Hertogenbosch is situated just below the coldest spot on the map.
The city published a short video on how the streets and cycle tracks are cleared of snow and ice. They are brushed first and then a mixture of water and salt makes the last snow and ice melt. Traditionally this is only done on main routes and not in 30km/h residential zones. Only if those zones form part of a main cycling route they are cleaned. But -despite comments by citizens- the city keeps forgetting one such new route used by hundreds of school children (Kamerlingh Onnesstraat - Buys Ballotstraat if you are reading city of ’s-Hertogenbosch: the newly designated ‘Rode Loper’ route to Rietvelden and beyond). This route is probably not included in the to-be-cleaned routes yet and remains very slippery. Clearly not how it should be on a main route*. But apart from that omission, the efforts by the city make cycling still very much possible almost everywhere, even in these weather conditions.
The municipality of ’s-Hertogenbosch published a short video showing how the streets and cycle paths are cleared of snow and ice
The municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch does read my blog! After my remark of the new route that had not yet been cleared they quickly rectified that omission! The route is now perfectly clear and usable, just like the other main cycle routes.