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Cycling alongside the Máximakanaal (2)

Two months ago I showed you the new cycle route alongside the new Máximakanaal. I shot the video on the very first Sunday it was open and that gave a distorted look of how busy it would be. There were many more people walking than there would usually be. It was also very barren alongside the cycleway. Nothing grew yet. That’s why I would like to show you the path again. It is now completely green and there is a lot more space with a traffic volume that is much more normal.

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The cycleway alongside Máximakanaal in March.

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The same location of the cycleway alongside the Máximakanaal in May.

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The cycleway alongside the Máximakanaal in March.

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The same location of the cycleway alongside the Máximakanaal in May.

Video ride at normal speed

Video ride sped up at 300%

And there’s more. The path on the other side of the canal has also been opened. That path will stay only semi-paved with a gravel surface. Since that had only opened days before I filmed that is now the path where nature has to grow. I may have to film it again in a month or two. But since it is certainly no punishment to cycle there, I just might.

Video ride in the Kanaalpark alongside Máximakanaal (real time)

Another reason to film the ride again would be to have a better video. As you can see, dirt has crept into my lens again. There is a piece of dirt in the left upper corner in most of my recent videos. Especially if the sun is more in the picture. Using the camera on a daily basis for 2 years is apparently demanding. What’s worse though is that the image stabilizer has gone mad. The sideways shakes (especially in the last video) that you see are not because my hand moved, but because the camera is broken. The image stabilizer has a mind of its own. You could see it in more of my videos lately. Sometimes I couldn’t use half of my footage because of all the strange moves. At 10:40 in the first video you can see the image suddenly gets zoomed out and there is a lot of shaking. That wasn’t me. That was just the camera going crazy. The above videos were really a test to see if the camera was still all-right. It failed the test, so it has already been replaced. Better quality videos to come!

5 comments on “Cycling alongside the Máximakanaal (2)

  1. Pierre
    6 June 2015

    Thank you for your great blog.
    The new cyle route is amazing. Wide enough, great smooth surface and continuous lighting. I wish things were like that over here.

    One question: Around 15:35 there are two small black posts very close to the path and some odd white markings on the path. I assume the white markings are there to warn against a post that has been removed or not yet been installed. Is that right? The two black posts probably mark the end of the path and strike me as rather odd. Why build such a great route – and then put two obstacles so close to it and even paint them black? When cycling in a group at dusk the posts are easily hidden by preceding riders and might cause a crash when you hit them with your foot pedals.
    Of course that is a minor detail. The danger is not too great because there is a street lamp nearby and there is at least some amount of reflective paint on the posts. But it seems a bit unnecessary, as the posts could easily be placed 40 centimeters off the path.

    • bz2
      6 June 2015

      I imagine they’re there to stop motor vehicles from just avoiding the central bollard by going partially off the path. They really shouldn’t be black, but at least they’re made of plastic (so they won’t shatter your kneecaps) and they’ve got retro-reflective strips on them.

    • bicycledutch
      6 June 2015

      The two black posts are to prevent motor traffic to enter the cycleway from that end. There are reflective bands in the posts (white and red, depending on the side of the road) that will light up when they catch light. The centre post is down at the moment and the white lines are to warn if that post is up. Dutch authorities do try to have as few posts as possible, but motor traffic drivers are terrible, so sometimes the posts are really necessary.

    • Pierre
      6 June 2015

      Thanks to you two for the clarification. There is probably no way to keep out motor vehicles that does not come with some minor side effects for people riding a bike. At least I have never seen one.

      I did not know the posts are made of plastic, they looked like wood to me. Seems like a good idea to use plastic, if it actually lasts long enough. But I won’t become a fan of those tiny black posts. Something a bit taller (but lower than a handlebar) and more reflective seems much safer to me (like this: http://www.adfc-bergstrasse.de/radverkehrsplanung/bilder-planung/sichere-lolly-pfosten.jpg Or better yet: Flexible plastic: http://www.schuetz-baustoff.de/uploads/pics/Lippstadt.JPG).

      Anyway, that is just a very, very minor problem. A few days ago I was overtaken by a speeding 40-ton vehicle with a driver who thought 40 centimeters distance to a bike are sufficient. So I’ll take your tiny black posts any day (and lots of them!) if that gives me better segregation where necessary.😉

  2. Robert
    6 June 2015

    At least this time you did not use surveillance path. What I would like to know is how thick is the asphalt and the gravel and sand and the path base, the equivalent of the road base. In another video a cycle path and it*s base was 65 cm thick. How thick is this one?. I do not know if you ever mentioned how much this path, including the lights, signs and the landscaping costs. Do you know?

    I also would like to know how wide the dirt path is, and why there is a chicane at the entrance.

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