All about cycling in the Netherlands
Winter draws long this year, but there was a hint of change this week, with a bit of much needed sun and warmth! To refresh our memory, let’s see what summer was like. Imagine standing over the entrance of a tunnel under the railroad tracks in ‘s-Hertogenbosch aka Den Bosch in the Netherlands. It is Tuesday the 4th of September 2012. The weather had been splendid that day, almost 25 degrees C (77F) with almost 11 hours of sunshine. It is 5 pm and you look down on one of the busiest cycle tracks in the Netherlands. On an average day almost 15,000 people on bicycles pass here. If you would be standing there for 23 minutes*, this is what you’d see:
People returning home from their daily business by bicycle at 17:00 hrs in ‘s-Hertogenbosch
This post doesn’t need many words, so I won’t say much more, but here are some stills of things that stood out for me.
* I can imagine 23 minutes is too long for you, so there also is a super-sped-up version that shows you everybody passing in just 2 minutes.
The short and sped-up version of this rush hour.
This video was shot from the road over the tunnel you can see in the background on the picture below. There is a road and all the railway tracks at the Central Railway station in ‘s-Hertogenbosch on top of this tunnel. Note that the separated cycle paths do not go in as deep as the carriage way. That makes the incline for cyclists on the way out less steep and less of a barrier. The tunnel was built in the 1950s, it was designed including the separated cycle paths. Note that the paths on this picture are still tiled with the 1950s gray concrete tiles. That is because this Google Streetview shows the 2010 situation and the cycle paths have gotten a smooth red asphalt surface since.
Earlier, I filmed this road, before and after the new surface, and you can see that comparison as the second example in this post.