Every Monday in October and November I published an extra post with a ride. It’s December now and I published my nine rides, but isn’t that a strange number? Doesn’t 10 sound much nicer? All the rides were filmed this summer and that became increasingly further from the reality we are experiencing now. So I made an extra one and this tenth (and really final) extra ride is one I recorded in autumn, on 11 November in my hometown ʼs-Hertogenbosch. This is much more what cycling in the Netherlands looks like now. Enjoy!
This ride starts in the north-east of the city in a part that is officially in Rosmalen (a former separate town, but now part of the municipality of ʼs-Hertogenbosch). Many people consider this part of ʼs-Hertogenbosch, which causes an ongoing debate. Large parts of this area are only prepared for building, nothing has been built yet.
The nice yellow bridge of Groote Wielen. I showed you this bridge when it was still rather new in 2018.
Newer residential areas are always full of children, also this part of the city. I showed this main cycle route in an earlier post.
At the edge of the residential area the roads are larger and that is where you find the grade-separated infrastructure. This two-level roundabout was featured in an earlier blog post.
It was 11 November the day I fillmed and that is normally the start of the Carnival season in Oeteldonk (the name of ʼs-Hertogenbosch during Carnival). This year there were no festivities but some people did wear the Carnival colours and outfit like this man!
The overpass with the T-junction is between Rosmalen and ʼs-Hertogenbosch. I wrote about the opening in 2015.
This autumn the schools have reopened in the Netherlands. That meant that many school children could be seen cycling again. With main cycle routes like this one that can be safely done.
Not everything goes always right. This woman turned in my path and miscalculated my speed. She should have stopped for me and she knew it. Her hand up like that is an “I’m sorry” gesture.
This is a bi-directional cycleway approaching a bi-directional roundabout. I want to turn right here and that turn is actually not easy. That point in the foot way should have been much rounder so I could make my turn easier. There is always something to be desired.
This is part of the F59 fast cycle route ʼs-Hertogenbosch to Oss. At this location a cycle street where cars are guest. To the right the recently reconstructed intersection that I wrote a blog post about.
I intend to go straight-on here which means I have to switch to the other side of the road. The sign to indicate which way around the intersection is quicker just turned off as I approached. I guess that means there was no faster route at that particular moment. I had to wait a bit indeed. (I chose the left way around the intersection; straight-on first and then right and finally left).
This is very old bridge from the 1930s. At that time this was the main north-south route in the country. (Now the A2 motorway Amsterdam-Maastricht, around the city). The bridge is at the end of its life-span and will be replaced by a much narrower and lower version to the right of here. To emphasise that this is no longer a through route and as part of the redesign of the entire area. It will take a few more years before the new bridge is there though, works are planned for 2025.
This intersection was reconstructed a few years ago (2015). I wrote a blog post about it.
This is one of the most unpleasant roads in the city. On-street cycle lanes are always inadequate. Fortunately, it is only a short stretch in the entire route but you can see that two drivers took advantage of the bad design by parking their vehicles half in the cycleway and on the sidewalk.
The end of the route, the main square in front of the railway station. Until a few years ago this was the entrance to a car parking garage under the station combined with an underground bicycle parking. Now the cars need to park elsewhere, since the entire facility is now for bicycles only.
This week’s 8.3km long ride on the map.
The 26 minute ride in Autumn 2020
from Rosmalen to the main ʼs-Hertogenbosch Railway Station.