In my series of longer fast cycle routes in the Netherlands I take you to one of the oldest ones this time. This route from the city of Tilburg to the nearby town of Oisterwijk was first built in 1977. It is an 8 kilometer long route with mostly priority for cyclists. Nowadays it is one of many longer distance high quality intercity cycle routes in the Netherlands.
When it was first constructed it was known as TOF (Tilburg – Oisterwijk – Fietsroute) the word ‘tof’ in Dutch means ‘terrific’ and that was of course no coincidence. Although the 2004 Breda – Etten-Leur route is acknowledged as the first cycle super highway, this much older route is actually not that different. The width is similar and this route also has red asphalt. The use of that red asphalt was very modern in 1977. In those days most cycle paths were paved with concrete tiles. The main difference is that this route does not have priority everywhere. There is also a short stretch where some farms may use the path to get to their properties with motorised vehicles.
The full route in very high-speed
Unfortunately one viaduct was closed due to road construction during filming that is why there are hardly any cyclists. Of course there was a good detour, but the video shows the route as it would normally be followed.
The second video gives you a further look into this cycle route. What does the town of Oisterwijk look like, what do the junctions look like. How do other traffic users behave around cyclists and vice versa. Not everything goes as it should be. There is a red light jumper at 3:16. This boy was totally distracted by his mobile phone and was nearly hit by a car. You can see I almost dropped the camera as it caught me by surprise too and it was quite scary. The driver honks in anger. Needless to say that if the driver would have had hit the cyclist he would not have been at fault. That is not how strict liability works!
A further look into the cycle route and the towns it connects.
This is the third of a series where we look at high quality fast cycle paths in the Netherlands.