The Dutch Cyclists’ Union (Fietsersbond) announced which cities and municipalities have signed up for the competition to become the best Cycle City of the Netherlands (Fietsstad) 2014 and take over that title from current Best Cycle City ’s-Hertogenbosch. My home town was awarded the title late 2011.
The motto of this year’s competition is “Fietsen zonder Hindernissen” or “Cycling without barriers”. The Dutch word ‘Hindernissen’ has a whole range of meanings from barriers to impediments, hindrances, handicaps and obstacles.
Project leader Jaap Kamminga of the Cyclists’ Union (Fietsersbond) explains: “It makes quite a lot of difference if you can cycle comfortably on wide smooth asphalt cycle paths directly from A to B or if you have to wait for red traffic lights constantly on bumpy tiled cycle paths. That difference can be an important reason for people to take the bike or to leave it at home. ”
The list of 19 municipalities shows 10 cities that I have portrayed in the past. So here is the full list with links to previous posts about those cities and to the portraits I made of the finalists.
- The Hague (504.260 inhabitants)
- Eindhoven (218.559 inhabitants) FINALIST
- Almere (195.019 inhabitants) FINALIST
- Breda (178.280 inhabitants)
- Nijmegen (165.253 inhabitants)
- Enschede (158.741 inhabitants) FINALIST
- Zoetermeer (122.968 inhabitants)
- Zwolle (122.415 inhabitants) FINALIST
- Dordrecht (118.587 inhabitants)
- Helmond (88.958 inhabitants)
- Velsen (67.142 inhabitants) FINALIST
- Nieuwegein (60.878 inhabitants)
- Heerhugowaard (52.780 inhabitants)
- Pijnacker-Nootdorp (50.677 inhabitants)
- Woerden (50.361 inhabitants)
- Middelburg (47.511 inhabitants)
- Overbetuwe (46.486 inhabitants)
- Harderwijk (45.638 inhabitants)
- Goes (36.980 inhabitants)