All about cycling in the Netherlands
It’s finally spring! And it may be good to spend some moments looking at people riding around all the lovely spring flowers. These weeks I’m publishing many city portraits and they sometimes provoke emotional responses. They also take a lot of time and effort to create, so why don’t we have a short intermission with some niceness.
It is great to see that after a long winter with all its shades of grey the streets are finally beginning to show some colour again. It wasn’t a severe winter at all – we didn’t even get one day of snow in the areas where I spend most of my days – but it is still nice that we moved on to a new season. While winter was warmer than usual, the first week of spring was much colder than usual, with also almost no sun. It didn’t seem to harm the spring flowers. They still bloomed as usual. People also kept riding just as they usually do. Put the two together and there you have some very nice images, I think. I do hope the sun will come back a bit more soon and the temperatures will rise to normal levels. That would make things even better.
This week’s spring cycling video
This is but a small post, but it is still a memorable one. This is my blog’s 400th published post! To do something special on that occasion, I made a map to show the locations of all my previous posts. I do already have a list of place names, but I am sure most names on that list mean very little to most of my followers. A map is much more helpful I would think. It was quite a task to pin every single one of those dots to the right location, but I think it was worth it. There aren’t exactly 400 pointers, because quite a number of my posts are about policies, which can’t really be connected to a specific location. Other posts are about more than one location, so they may have more pins. Where I made a ride I just looked where there wasn’t already a cluster of pins to make things not too crowded. I was quite pleased to see that I do already cover much of the Netherlands, even though it is quite obvious that ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht – the places where I live and work respectively – feature most on my blog.
A detail of the map. See the rest on this page.
I hope you enjoy investigating that map and thank you for your continued support. On to post number 500!