Earlier this February the Dutch city of Leeuwarden hosted the third international Winter Cycling Congress. Delegates of many countries gathered to talk about how you could make cycling in winter possible and even attractive. The first two editions of the congress were held in Oulu (Finland) and Winnipeg (Canada) that the Dutch press described as “real” winter countries. Leeuwarden is the capital of Friesland (or Fryslân in their official language Frisian), which means “Freeze land” and it is the province most associated with winter in the Netherlands. The province is famous for the Eleven cities ice skating tour. Unfortunately that tour can only be held in severe winters and that has been a very long time. The last edition took place in 1997.
The congress organisers had asked me to do a presentation. I chose to give an overview of why I think cycling in winter in the Netherlands is very possible. It was a two part presentation with Herbert Tiemens of the Province of Utrecht. After my overview he went deeper into some aspects of the story from the perspective of (local) governments. For this blog, I have turned my part of the presentation into a video that can be seen on its own. So even though you did not visit the Winter Congress you can still see and hear what I had to say.
My presentation as a video
This is a quick and general overview that touches on a lot of subjects that I previously wrote about on my blog. I will give you links to where you can find more about these subjects.
The Bicycle description came mostly from the blog post. Two Dutch everyday bicycles
Home side parking
End of trip bicycle parking
I wrote a lot about bicycle parking at the destination side. There is a tag to find all these posts.
The junction design that I show in the presentation is described best in this post.
The rest of the array of types of junctions is best described here.
More information on the topic “Separate where needed / mix where possible”.
And more on the categorisation of the streets.
All about transitions from one type of infrastructure to the other.
Rain: All about rain.
Ice/Snow: all the posts tagged with snow.
The information about clearing the roads from snow and ice came from two posts. One where I visited the Department of Public Works that organizes the road clearing in my home town. And one where I show the snow clearing vehicle in action.
The result of all that work is best seen in the post where I compare summer and winter conditions.
In next week’s post I will show you more about the Winter Cycling Congress and in a later post about my visit to Leeuwarden in the far north of our country.