A light dusting of snow ended a very long period without snow in the Netherlands on Saturday 16 January last. It hadn’t snowed in De Bilt (which is the location of the Dutch weather bureau) since 1 February 2019. Over 700 days without snow was record breaking long. There had been a tiny bit of snow in ʼs-Hertogenbosch on the morning of 26 February 2020, and I made sure I caught that on camera, but that didn’t count for the official record which is measured near Utrecht. So when it did snow again in Utrecht, I wanted to get it on camera. The snow only started to fall after dark, so for this week’s post I have a snow ride in Utrecht for you in the dark.
I started my ride in the neighbourhood that has been made car-low a few years ago. I took a route from Overvecht in the north of the city to central station. I rode on Carnegiedreef, which I have shown in the Spring before and Troelstralaan, one of the more recent cycle streets in Utrecht that also featured on my blog before. Then to the historic city centre and the – at that moment not so busy – busiest cycleway of the Netherlands. I then passed through the area with road works on Smakkelaarskade. (Which is a new name for this part of Smakkelaarsveld. With all the new buildings planned at this location some new streets will develop there with houses that will need their own addresses, hence this new name and also Smakkelaarshoek. Meaning that apart from the original “freight shipper’s field” we now also have a “freight shipper’s quay” and a “freight shipper’s corner” respectively). Finally, I reached the bicycle parking garage of “Stationsplein” (Station square), the largest in the world, where my Utrecht bicycle lives and which I have shown you before as well.
The stabilisation of my camera obviously works not so well in the dark. This was the first time I used the “low light” settings. I may have flipped a wrong button which affected the stabilising abilities, but since the image suddenly turns very smooth in the well lit parking garage this may simply be the best the camera can do in the dark. Sorry about the bumpy ride. I hope you still find it an enjoyable video!
The route I cycled in the video below. 4.5km long.
Video of the ride in the snow and in the dark.
The Dutch are far from the only people to keep on cycling in the snow. In London there was a similar light dusting this week: