All about cycling in the Netherlands
This is the last real blog post of the year*, which traditionally is my year roundup. It is the fourth time that I made a compilation video, this time of course with short excerpts of all my 2018 videos. This roundup video gives you the opportunity to find something you may have missed during the year, or something that you would like to watch or read again. To make that possible, every scene shows the blog post title and its date in the bottom left corner. That should give you enough information to easily find the post and video you are looking for.
My video roundup of the year 2018.
It seems more and more people are visiting the Netherlands to experience Dutch cycling firsthand. I have given more presentations and guided tours in 2018 than ever before. I especially got many requests for guided tours which I understand; even with all the information, the pictures and videos available now, it still makes a lot of difference to actually experience the cycling here yourself. I rode with individuals and with very large groups and everything in between, as always in ’s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht. It was great to guide people from San Diego, Platteville, Boston, and a group of Australians on a Summer Course. I also gave many presentations this year; three groups of other students from the same universities as last year; the University of Pennsylvania and Northeastern University of Boston. As well as the Planning the Cycling City Summer School, organised by the University of Amsterdam. New this year was a group of American students from mainly Boston doing a Summer Course at the University of Maastricht. Other groups I spoke to were different American delegations from the City Builders Symposium Netherlands organised by People for Bikes. My presentations took place in four different Dutch cities: ʼs-Hertogenbosch, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Delft. My international presentation this year was in the Customs House in Sydney which was a very special night for me. Also special this year was my interview for French television. Recorded while I was cycling in Amsterdam in April, it was broadcast last November. I hope it was a nice report, I haven’t seen it myself yet.
Saskia Kluit, the director of the Fietsersbond (Cyclists’ Union) always takes a picture of the winner of the Cycling City Award, with the jury. Which meant yours truly is also in the picture this year (because I was in that jury), directly behind Stientje van Veldhoven, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management.
Back to the posts and videos and the top ten. I am pleased to notice that this blog has a very good base of dedicated followers who read most of my posts. That leads to the posts being almost equally read and this gives an advantage to posts that were posted earlier in the year. Indeed, three of the posts in the top ten were posted in January. There is one exception, the Copenhagen post was posted just three weeks ago and yet it made it to sixth place. I have a view of that city which is a bit out of the ordinary, but I am glad many people seem to agree with the facts I mentioned. I am pleased with the post at number two. The news that more people were killed on a bicycle than in a car in the Netherlands needed clarification. In some main stream news items there were hints that Dutch Cycling somehow failed and this was proof. I am glad many people read my explanation that the Netherlands is still the safest country in the world for cycling. It is great to also see that a post about an innovation ended so high. I use the app to influence the traffic lights in my home town every time I cycle here. The people on the guided tours in ’s-Hertogenbosch were overwhelmed by the many green lights we saw. That there are also two posts about intersections makes me very content. A reminder that I need to publish more about the infrastructure we consider mundane in the Netherlands.
Top 10 of most read posts
It was to be expected that the 5 least viewed posts are mostly ones that were posted more recently. The other ones are rides. Other posts with rides did get viewed more often. That these ones ended in the least viewed list seems to be coincidental.
Top 5 of least viewed posts
Thank you for all your support by visiting the posts, watching the videos and writing comments and messages, here or on Twitter. It was great to meet some of my followers in person this year, for instance in Sydney. I must admit it was a bit surprising to see myself in someone else’s selfie. A big thank you to the people who decided to support me financially with a donation, which I appreciate very much! Unfortunately, I had to disappoint people again this year, when I turned down their requests for interviews or when I couldn’t answer all their questions. Even though I only work three days a week for my employer now, this has to be done on the other days and I often simply run out of time. Do make sure to visit my blog again next year. I don’t feel I will run out of interesting topics. I intend to keep on showing you even more Dutch Cycling in 2019, my ten year anniversary!
I would like to wish you Happy Holidays and a great 2019.
* Next week I will post a festive video, one day earlier than usual, so on 24th of December 00:01 CET. That will be the last publication of 2018. The first post of 2019 will be published on 2nd January. Wednesdays will be my new publication day.