A compilation of my 2018 posts and videos

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.

An “ordinary” Dutch urban intersection in my home town ’s-Hertogenbosch. I am glad that my description landed in the top 10 of best read posts. Apparently I should do more of such posts that go back to the basics of Dutch Cycling: the ubiquitous top-notch infrastructure.

Top 10 of most read posts

  1. Dutch cycling figures
  2. More cycling fatalities than deaths in cars
  3. A common urban intersection in the Netherlands
  4. Houten: Cycling City of the Netherlands 2018
  5. Intersection upgrade: a Banana and a Chips Cone
  6. Is Copenhagen a City of Cyclists?
  7. An unexpected 55-kilometre-long evening ride
  8. Two bicycles per second
  9. Get a green light quicker with Schwung
  10. Another reconstructed city centre street in Utrecht

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

  1. A Winter Ride
  2. Autumn Cycling
  3. Another relaxed Boxtel bike ride
  4. Cycling alongside two canals
  5. A bicycle ride in Alkmaar
I was very kindly received in Sydney.

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.

11 thoughts on “A compilation of my 2018 posts and videos

  1. My wife and I never miss getting to watch one of your great videos.

    I may be a week late getting to read your well thought out blogs, but I do read them and always rate with five stars and click like.

    Happy New Year, or should I try and say gelukkig nieuwjaar!


  2. I also wrote in my comments on various Youtube videos that they should watch the videos at BicycleDutch when they want to have more information about cycling in The Netherlands.

  3. EXCELLENT, excellent overview of crucial aspects of Dutch cycling-friendly infrastructure. Keep up the good work in 2019!

  4. I spent this summer bicycling in The Netherlands. It was the sunniest and driest on record. What an absolute joy! Dutch waffles with Dutch butter and French blueberry syrup started everyday! I am so thankful I had the opportunity.

  5. Hello, Mark!

    Thank you very much for your tireless work. I always enjoy watching your movies very much.
    I share your criticism regarding Copenhagen’s bicycle-friendliness. I watched it myself a few years ago and was also disappointed. Copenhagen certainly can’t serve as a blueprint for a good bicycle infrastructure, it just seems to be good marketing on the part of the municipality.
    Meanwhile my wife and me are spending more and more holidays in the Netherlands and enjoy cycling there (even if not everything is perfect). In Germany, people think that by painting lines and signs on the road, you can make cycling easier. It is a completely different way of thinking here. Most Germans know that you can cycle very well in the Netherlands and that you have a lot of cycle paths. But they don’t understand that in many parts it is a very, very sophisticated system that has been developed over decades. If you go into the details, you can see that very clearly.
    Unfortunately, even bicycle associations advocate mixed traffic of cars and bicycles on one lane. One often reads that another cyclist (often children) who was in a blind spot was killed by a truck. Hardly anyone understands that it is the result of poor infrastructure. Just compare the crossroads design in the Netherlands and in Germany and you will see the differences.
    I have given up hope that something will change fundamentally here in Germany. There is no political will and then, of course, it is a question of money. After all, the Netherlands has been working on a good bicycle infrastructure for almost 50 years now, having gone in the wrong direction until the early 1970s, and spend much more money per year and inhabitant on a good bicycle infrastructure than the Germans. Unfortunately – also against the background of climate change and the rethinking that will be necessary as a result – not really much will change in Germany. Unfortunately.
    That’s why your blog is so important: so that more and more people can see what good bicycle infrastructure can look like. The Netherlands is really a role model here, which is best copied 1 : 1.

    1. Hi Norbert (and all visitors to the Netherlands),

      Please do no give up. I have been in cycling advocacy since the early eighties. And until 10-15 years ago it was not really clear that cyclists would get the level of TLC that we see today.
      Some tips where to start:
      – Try to get one single route in your own neighbourhood improved over a serious distance.
      – Don’t waste your time on details like one single crossing. Mostly it does not help for the route as a whole.
      – Share good cycling routes even if they only have recreational use.

      Happy cycling!

  6. I’ve always enjoyed your year-end round-up videos, so it was a pleasant surprise to see it today. Thank you and keep up the good work!

  7. I love your blog and have recommended it to several planners and bicycle advocates in our area. We cannot continue trying to paint our way to adequate infrastructure. Thank you so much! I wish I could bring them all to NL to see what REAL bicycle infrastructure is.

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