All about cycling in the Netherlands
Road works are often a problem for people cycling. Luckily road managers in the Netherlands dislike the “Cyclists Dismount” signs almost as much as people on bicycles do. So, they go out of their way to make it possible for people to keep on cycling, even when there are massive construction works going on. In Amsterdam that should be taken quite literally.
Amsterdam makes most of its money at the Zuidas (literally “Southern Axis”, but property developers like to refer to it as “the Financial Mile”). This area, only 6 minutes by train from the international airport Schiphol, is already home to 700 companies with 39,000 workers. Amsterdam calls it: “a dynamic new part of the Dutch capital. Already a high-profile international business district and a centre of research and education, Zuidas is now evolving into a fully-fledged urban hub – a place to live, work and play.” That means there are a lot of building activities going on right now. At the corner of Parnassusweg and Strawinskylaan, the Atrium building expansion is under construction. In the same area, the new Amsterdam court-house is being built. For these reconstructions some cycleways were dug up. In this particular case the builders were quite resourceful to create a detour though. As it turns out, the new Atrium building was finished enough to offer an alternative route for the time being. The cycleway was rerouted through that building’s own future parking garage at ground level. One of the contractors, Dura Vermeer, is no stranger to facilitating cycling. They have been responsible for or involved in several of the exceptional cycling bridges that I have shown you on this blog. Such as the large cycle bridge near Maarssen, the suspension bridge in Tilburg and the new cycle bridge near Berlicum. With such a record, they must have felt obliged to be creative. The city of Amsterdam is happy with the offered temporary detour, that has been in use since early February. There is only one downside for some perhaps: in the new parking garage it is not allowed to smoke…
A ride through a building under construction in Amsterdam Zuid.