Ride on the future fast cycle route from ʼs-Hertogenbosch to Zaltbommel
A future fast cycle route will be linking Zaltbommel in Gelderland to ʼs-Hertogenbosch in North-Brabant. The 15 kilometre route will be built from 2020 to 2022 for a budget of 16.4 million euros. How can they build it so fast and so cheap you may think. This week’s ride will show you the “before” situation. It is the fourth in my series of extra posts with nine rides. I will post one of these ride every Monday in October and November 2020.
In March 2020, representatives of five authorities signed an agreement to build the F2, the cycle route parallel to the A2 motorway from Zaltbommel, via Hedel to ʼs-Hertogenbosch. (The route runs through the municipalities of Zaltbommel, Maasdriel and ʼs-Hertogenbosch and the provinces Gelderland and North-Brabant) The route is supposed to be finished in 2022. Building a 15 kilometre high quality cycle route in 2 years for “just” 16.4 million euros may sound like an impossible goal, but to show you that this is more a conversion than a new-built I cycled the route to film it (but in the opposite direction). Most of the conversion may have to be done in Zaltbommel. On street cycle-lanes will become a separate cycleway and to cross two bigger roads two new underpasses have been planned. Interestingly enough one at a location where I remember a cycle underpass used to be until the 1990s. The route in ʼs-Hertogenbosch may well be completely different in the end. From the news I believe the desired route is on the west side of the railway, connecting to the cycleway at the back of the station and the Royal Welsh Bridge that I showed you earlier. For this post I cycled on the east side, because at the moment there is no connection on the west side. I don’t know how that route is planned exactly, but since there is talk of an underpass for the Zandzuigerweg I could deduct what may be the plan. I drew a possible course of that route on the map below in pink.
That nobody needs to wait for this route to be finished to cycle from ʼs-Hertogenbosch to Zaltbommel will become clear from this video. Most of this ride was filmed on 3 June 2020, except the beginning in ʼs-Hertogenbosch, which was filmed on 3 September because of earlier road works in the route.
Video of the ride. I cycled the 15.6kms in 51 minutes; about 18km/h.
Map of the ride. In pink the possible new route in ʼs-Hertogenbosch as I understand it.