All about cycling in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands people cycle for all kinds of every day purposes and I am no exception. So when I need to go to the dentist I get on my bike. On a wonderful winter’s day I thought it would be nice to let the camera roll while I went there, so you can virtually ride along with me.
I still have my dentist in Utrecht, even though I haven’t lived there for almost 20 years. Because I also work in Utrecht I need less time off from work with my dentist in the same city. And I’ve been a patient in that same dentist’s practice from early childhood, that’s over 40 years, so why change?
The route is only 4 kilometres and it usually takes me between 10 and 15 minutes depending on traffic (lights) and wind force. With the camera in one hand and riding in a snow-covered city it took me a bit on the longer side, but I still stayed well under 15 minutes.
I had to cycle right through the redevelopment around Utrecht Central station that has a lot of temporary detours for people cycling as I have shown you before. But the detours are pretty good and they don’t really slow you down much. The bird’s-eye view shows the first half of the ride. Starting from the top and working my way down in the picture. I reached the bottom of the picture at the 6:30 mark. That is exactly the start of the Napoleonic road to Amsterdam that I have shown you in one of my very first videos. The Amsterdamsestraatweg (paved road to Amsterdam) is now exactly 201 years old. But has been transformed into a normal city street rather than the main highway from Paris to Amsterdam that it was when it was finished in 1812. From that 6:30 mark it is a straight line with protected cycle tracks all the way to my dentist who resides in that street.
Ride from my work to my dentist in Utrecht. Turn on annotations to see extra remarks about what you see in the video.
You can see all the familiar features of Dutch cycling infrastructure. Keep in mind that this is ‘real route’ from my work to my dentist. There is no cherry picking going on here. But still all of the infra is well enough to cycle on even in winter conditions, even when the city is rebuilding its heart and even when not all of the ride is on separated cycle paths. Turn on annotations for extra remarks about what you can see during the ride.
It is pretty obvious that I have reached my destination at the end of the video: this could only be the front door to a dentist!