All about cycling in the Netherlands
“That’s not snow, that’s a light dusting!” I can already predict some comments on this week’s video. For the people in north-west Europe, not used to heavy snow, it was a bit more than that! With snow from Friday to Monday, leading to a “code red weather alarm” that last day in the Netherlands, public life came to a grinding halt. Not so strange, because code red means: “don’t go out, it’s dangerous!”. Not only in the Netherlands but also in Belgium and the United Kingdom schools and airports were temporarily closed and many people worked from home, because public transport had to cut back services on many routes. In Noord-Brabant all bus services completely stopped for a few hours. The trains run with big delays, but as always: the Dutch kept cycling on as much as possible!
The last time I wrote about snow on my blog was in January 2015. That’s almost three years ago! And yes, it has been that long since we had a considerable amount of snow, at least here in the south. No wonder people really had to get accustomed to it again. Fortunately, the cycleways were brushed and sprayed with brine even before many roads were treated. That mixture of water and salt quickly melted any residual snow after the brushing, which meant the cycleways could be used again without the risk of slipping and falling in the icy conditions.
I filmed some brave people who kept on cycling even before the snow was brushed away in the city centre streets of ’s-Hertogenbosch last Sunday. With all the decorative lights and the snow on the Christmas trees the atmosphere became really festive. We are all getting ready for the holidays. This is my last ordinary post of 2017. Next week may have the year round-up and then I have a short holiday break to start afresh in the new year! Enjoy the video!
Cycling in the snow in ’s-Hertogenbosch in December 2017.