All about cycling in the Netherlands
WordPress was kind enough to send me an automated report of my blog for 2014. This is how it started:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 420,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 18 days for that many people to see it.
Well thanks, that sounds impressive… I could show you the link to a summary of the rest of the report, but I don’t really like all the automated stuff they list. Their top 10 is a list of all posts and I just want to see the 2014 posts. So I made my own list and I feel that is much more interesting.
I am very glad that the best scoring posts this year are nice mix of posts about infrastructure, with junction design, beautiful bridges and parking facilities, but also a post about maintenance. Who would have thought that would interest so many people? There’s a little bit of history and there are some posts about policies, that are typically Dutch, like retrofitting city streets, so they reflect modern views of how cities should function. I am really glad that the posts I think are important to understand Dutch cycling, in all its details, are exactly the ones that score so well.
1. Utrecht’s latest indoor bicycle parking facility
2. Junction design in the Netherlands
3. Spectacular Zoetermeer Cycle Bridge
4. How come there are no pot holes in the Netherlands?
5. How to make motor traffic feel unwelcome
6. The “Bicycle Apple”
7. The Green Connection in Rotterdam
8. Bicycle parking at Rotterdam Central Station
9. Cycling in the rain
10. Jodenbreestraat in Amsterdam: given back to people
I would like to give special honour to the post that actually would have been number 1, had it not been posted in December 2013: Amsterdam children fighting cars in 1972. Another important story that explains the Dutch didn’t get to where they are now by chance.
I published 62 posts in 2014 and I have already lined up quite a few posts for 2015. So rest assured that I will simply continue to write about Cycling in The Netherlands, with all its interesting aspects. I hope they will inspire you, my readers in other countries, to pick and choose those things you think you need to know to help you in trying to get a better cycling climate in the area where you live. Thanks for all your support and have a great New Year’s Eve and a very good 2015!