A tiny article can tell tales. In the Indian Express (Sunday edition for Pune*) tucked away on page 7, the following appeared recently:
So what will the perplexed honorable judge find in The Hague? A city that has been criticized in the past for slightly less good cycling conditions. Well, to give him (and you) an idea I went there and filmed.
Not so bad, is it? I think the judge could very well give it a try after all!
Some facts and figures
The Hague has a population of a little over 500,000 and is the third largest city in the Netherlands. Although Amsterdam is the capital, the seat of the Dutch Government is in The Hague. The city is also home to a number of international (legal) organisations. Such as the International Court of Justice with its seat in the Peace Palace. The Hague has about 400 kilometers of separated cycle paths and 70 kilometers of on street cycle lanes.
From 2006 to 2010 the city invested 34 million euros in cycling. That money was spent on things like replacing old concrete tiles by smooth red asphalt for 55 kilometers of cycle path and by building cycling infrastructure in 22 missing links. From 2011 to 2014 the city has allocated another 34.5 million euros and from third parties another 14 million euros is available. That makes a total of 48.5 million euros to further improve cycling conditions in four years.
This money has been and will be used for:
- increasing parking facilities for bicycles (especially around railway stations)
- creating specific cycling infrastructure where that is missing in the network
- improving sites that are unfriendly for cyclists
- improving the surface of existing cycle infrastructure.
From 2006 to 2010 cycling increased by 10%. The following 2011-2014 plan aims to work to an increase in cycling to a percentage of 30% by 2020 and 50% by 2030, as compared to the rate of 2005. (facts and figures from the city’s 2011-2014 cycle plan – PDF in Dutch only).
Cycling in The Hague is good enough for the Dutch prime minister, so it should also be good enough for a judge.
(* via @Herbert_Tiemens)