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Cycling as the summer lingers on

Many people decided to go cycling on the last Sunday in September. The recreational routes were so crowded that I heard one woman exclaim: “it’s busier than on the National Cycling Day!” (an event from the past that became the Cycling Month years ago). The reason that so many people were on their bicycles was the exceptionally good cycling weather. It was 26.1 degrees in the south of the Netherlands: record-breaking for the 25th of September, already 4 days into autumn. The Summer of 2016 just doesn’t seem to end. September broke a range of weather records in the Netherlands. There’s no need to explain what caused that, but at least it isn’t cycling. So it is a very good thing that so many people decided to hop on their bikes, to enjoy – what could have been – the last summer day of 2016.

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The cycleway in the Bossche Broek nature reserve with the ’s-Hertogenbosch cathedral in the background.

I haven’t shown you much recreational cycling recently, but, as the video will show, this Sunday afternoon almost all cycling was recreational. There is a wetlands area at just a stone’s throw from the ’s-Hertogenbosch cathedral. Nothing was ever built there, because people couldn’t build in a swamp before and now it has been designated a nature reserve. The long distance cycle route number 7 goes right through it and there are also a few numbered junctions. The reason why so many recreational cyclists passed my camera. A lot of elderly couples but also some younger ones and entire families riding their bicycles.

Many elderly couples were enjoying the unexpected beautiful day. To the right one of the signs of the numbered junction network.

Many elderly couples were enjoying the unexpected beautiful day. To the far right one of the signs of the numbered junction network.

People also cycled in larger groups on an identical rental bicycle.

Some people cycled in larger groups. It is clear that these women all belong together, because they all cycle on an identical rental bicycle.

The recreational cycleways are wide enough to pass even when you cycle side by side.

The recreational cycleways are wide enough to pass other people, even when both couples cycle side by side.

There were also some racing cyclists, but they only formed a small minority.

There were also some racing cyclists, but compared to all the other people cycling they only formed a small minority.

Many families were on the roads.

A lot of people cycled with their children. Sometimes these children had a seat on the bike of the parent. Note that quite some people in mobility scooters joined in the fun.

The children could mostly cycle themselves.

Other children already cycled themselves.

A father with his two sons.

Like the two sons who follow their father here.

It must be one of the first times the little girl doesn't sit in the seat at the back of here mother's bicycle, but on the trailer. Possible because her older brother now cycles on his own bicycle.

That trailer is still a bit too big for the little girl. It must be one of the first times she doesn’t sit in the seat at the back of her mother’s bicycle. Now that her older brother cycles on his own bicycle, she could move to his former place. That is the way things go in Dutch families when it comes to cycling.

Cycling with your dog.

Cycling with a different type of friend: note that there is a dog in her front basket.

I met these two women again later. It was clear the one on the back of the tandem was visually impaired.

Two women on a tandem bicycle. I met these two women again, later in the afternoon. It was then confirmed that the one on the back of the tandem has visual limitations. It was also clear that thanks to her buddy she was able to fully enjoy the beautiful day with all her other senses on the back of that bicycle.

Some of the elderly couples were of the more sportive kind.

Some of the elderly couples were of the more sportive kind.

This woman was dressed for a sunday.

While this lady was truly dressed for a sunday.

You could also see much younger couples.

Not all the riding couples were over 50… There were also much younger couples under way.

The 's-Hertogenbosch city 'centre' actually lies on the edge of the city. Just south of it we find the nature reserve: "Bossche Broek" with a long distance cycle route through the middle of it.

The triangular-shaped ‘s-Hertogenbosch city centre actually lies on the edge of the city. Just south of it we find the nature reserve: “Bossche Broek”, with a long distance cycle route right through it (The green/red line). This is where most of the video was shot.

Video: recreational cycling on a summer day in autumn.

 

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4 comments on “Cycling as the summer lingers on

  1. Ian Lane
    4 October 2016

    Another great post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Matthew
    4 October 2016

    I was fortunate enough to happen to choose this weekend for my trip to the Netherlands. Unbelievably gorgeous and everyone was out and about. I rode from Amsterdam to Utrecht, then Amsterdam to Hoorn, and also between Den Haag, Delft and finally Hoek van Holland.

  3. What are the dashed lines on either side of the path for? Is this a 60 km/h access road for servicing the area?

    • Bicycle Dutch
      4 October 2016

      No, it’s a cycle path. The dashed lines are there to make the edge more visible in the dark. This is a nature reserve, so street lights are not allowed.

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