All about cycling in the Netherlands
ʼs-Hertogenbosch (aka Den Bosch*) was the acting “Best Cycling City of the Netherlands” from November 2011 until May 2014. During that time the city made a series of short videos and a very nice infographic to inform about the cycling policies in the city that led to the title. It was obvious from this material that the city is very proud of its award winning cycling policies.
I just found out that the videos were now translated into English and recently published on YouTube. So I must share them with you!
The cycle network of ʼs-Hertogenbosch
Cycling in the ‘pedestrian’ shopping city centre of ʼs-Hertogenbosch
Bicycle parking facilities in the city centre
Amenities at the bicycle parking facilities in the city centre
Multi-modal transport; combining (rental) bicycle and train
As a bonus: isn’t it nice that you now finally know how to pronounce ʼs-Hertogenbosch as a native English speaker? The videos point to the city’s website for more information. But unfortunately that website is in Dutch only… www.s-hertogenbosch.nl/fietsen
The infographic was also not (yet) translated into English (at least not to my knowledge). Which is a shame because this is a really nice infographic, in its bright and happy colours. The policy was introduced in 2009 and green and purple are the colours visible in every expression, even in the bicycle parking facilities on the walls. Since I happen to understand Dutch (and a bit of English) and I know how to alter a PDF-file, I was able to give it a go. Therefore below, an English version of the infographic, roughly translated by yours truly!
ʼs-Hertogenbosch was succeeded by Zwolle in May 2014. But cities that won this honourable title are allowed to keep calling themselves “Fietsstad” or Cycling City. And in the case of ʼs-Hertogenbosch that is deserved, because the city keeps on investing in improving the city for cycling. Many examples on this blog make that clear.
* The city of ʼs-Hertogenbosch is officially called exactly that and that name should be used in writing. But the city has an alternative name as well. The abbreviation “Den Bosch” is widely used when people speak about the city.