A ride from Market to Market (4)
The Markt of the town of Boxtel is the starting point of my 4th ride from Market to Market. From that market square of Boxtel it is a 12.3 km ride to the Markt in ʼs-Hertogenbosch in an almost straight line to the north. Boxtel is a historic town dating back to the 11th century. Today it is home to 26,550 people. Boxtel could be known for the Battle of Boxtel, the first battle of the future Duke of Wellington, in 1794. ʼs-Hertogenbosch and Boxtel were first connected by a paved road when in 1741 the road from ʼs-Hertogenbosch to Liège was opened. This road stayed important to this date and has evolved into the A2 motorway. Most of the route runs parallel to this motorway on a rural, traffic calmed road.
The route passes through the town of Vught. In Boxtel, as well as in Vught, we find a whole range of different types of infrastructure, from mediocre to very good. The entire ride is 12.3 kilometres (7.6 miles). With just a few stops it took me 36 minutes to ride that distance, which means I cycled an average speed of 20.5 km/h (or 12.7mph). The entire video was filmed in one shot. (I did not have to stop to change batteries or for some other reason.)
The market square of Boxtel is traffic calmed but not car-free. Some other streets in the town’s centre are car-free shopping streets. The largest building on the far right is town hall.
The town centre of Boxtel is a 30km/h (18mph) zone. In that zone the space is shared between motor traffic and cycling. Where the speed limit is 50km/h (31mph) the town has on-street cycle lanes. Where there is more motor traffic, such as on this street, there are separate cycleways. This one is one-directional (there is an identical path on the other side of the street) and has a surface of smooth red asphalt.
A bit further on the same street the protected cycleway becomes an on-street cycle lane. The solid line means motor traffic is never allowed on that cycleway. Fortunately this stretch is not too long; from that house in the distance a bi-directional cycleway starts.
When you are further away from Boxtel the bi-directional cycle way comes to an end and the road becomes a 60km/h (37mph) road. The lines do not indicate an on-street cycle lane, because there are no bicycle symbols. These lines are only there to optically narrow the road and to decrease the speed of motor traffic. To the right you can see the A2 motorway.
These pinch points are meant to further decrease the speed of motor traffic. The speed bumps in the middle of the road can be bypassed if you cycle around the outside. This gives the impression the stripes would indicate a cycle lane, but legally that is not the case.
After you entered the built-up area of Vught the speed limit drops to 50km/h (31mph). The road layout is still the same. The outer zone is now in red asphalt, but it still isn’t an on-street cycle lane. That the oncoming people are cycling on the gray part of the road is perfectly fine.
Closer to the town centre of Vught the infrastructure changes to this older type of bi-directional cycleway. It is a bit on the narrow side and paved with concrete tiles. The street still runs parallel to the A2 motorway, it is behind the sound barrier to the right
This intersection in Vught was the most unpleasant part of the entire ride. I only had to wait 12 seconds for a gap in motor traffic but just seeing all those cars from many directions and trying to judge when it was fine to cross is unpleasant.
This 30km/h (18.6mph) zone in the town centre of Vught is not very well observed by motorists. The moped riders also went too fast. The digital sign indicates 43km/h (27.7mph) for the last car. Which is 13km (8.1m) over the speed limit.
I cycled 22km/h (13.7mph) in this street.
This street (Taalstraat in Vught) was recently reconstructed. The municipality of Vught was willing to build protected cycleways here, but the residents did not want the trees to be removed. That meant the only option was these on-street cycle lanes. Where the tree line ends a protected cycleway starts.
A commercial driveway (entrance to a hotel parking lot) in Vught. The cycleway -bending out here- has priority, which is given nicely by this driver.
The signal on this service street in ʼs-Hertogenbosch has a small light attached for cycling, which is always green! This is possible because cycling straight-on can be done without any interaction with other traffic.
The longest stop in the ride was at this intersection at the edge of the city centre of ʼs-Hertogenbosch. Because a bus approached all other traffic was stopped. That meant I had to wait for 20 seconds, which is a bit longer than usual.
It was very busy with people – walking and cycling – in the car-free city centre of ʼs-Hertogenbosch on the saturday afternoon when this ride was filmed. This street can be used by drivers with a handicap, to reach a special parking place. It can also be used by buses, but other private motor traffic is not allowed here.
The end-destination: Markt in ʼs-Hertogenbosch. Balloons are brought into city hall for a wedding. People push their bikes because you are allowed to cycle here, but not on a market day.
The ride, partly sped-up, in 10 minutes in total.
The full ride in real-time (37 minutes).