All about cycling in the Netherlands
The nearest swimming pool from my home where I can do some exercise is in Vught, an easy bike ride away. I have shown the ride back in the dark 5 years ago. This week, I’ll show you how to get there in summer when it is still light outside. Another example of a “real ride”.
There is a swimming pool in ʼs-Hertogenbosch, but at the times that I could visit it there is always “recreational swimming” and if you just want to cycle straight laps that is not the best time for a visit. It will be noisy, everybody will swim criss-cross in the pool and children will jump on you… So, when I go for a swim it is in Vught, a 5.1 kilometre long ride from my home.
As you can see on the map the route is pretty straight forward. It has two main types of infrastructure. At the beginning and end there are traffic calmed 30km/h zones (18mph). In between those zones there is a separated one-way cycle path next to the busier parts of the route. An exceptional part in this particular route is a very short stretch of 150 metres of on-street cycling on a 50km/h street. That is a street with big trees in Vught. The council wanted to create separate cycleways in this street, but the residents choose to keep the trees and the council respected that choice, fortunately it is only a short stretch of road. Of the 2.6km of protected cycleways just 110 metres are bi-directional, which is also exceptional nowadays as there are more and more bi-directional cycleways.
A breakdown of the entire route.
Enjoy the ride!
A summer evening ride from ʼs-Hertogenbosch to the pool in Vught.