For this week’s ride I cycled to the town of Veghel, to film the ride back from the edge of that town to ʼs-Hertogenbosch. The main cycle route runs alongside a canal named Zuid-Willemsvaart. This route was opened in November 2015, after a private path from the canal authorities (used to check the state and safety of the canal) was converted into a public cycle way. The new path was connected to existing minor roads to form the continuous cycling route. I did feature this route before, but for that post I cycled in the opposite direction, in a completely different time of the year and I filmed it with a different camera. Three things changed since the 2016 video, the striping on the surface in the municipality of Sint-Michielsgestel was added, a cycling bridge to Berlicum was built and at the edge of ʼs-Hertogenbosch a minor road was changed into a cycle road. The new stripes stand out most. There are now solid lines on the edges. This makes the cycle way appear narrower, but in lower light conditions it is much better to see the edges of the asphalt. This is a measure to improve safety. I will show both versions of the path in the pictures.
I filmed this ride on Wednesday 2 June 2021, starting at 16:07 hrs (4:07pm). Well over 46 minutes later I arrived on the market square (Markt) in ʼs-Hertogenbosch at 16:54 hrs (4:54pm). Since the route I cycled is 17.5 kilometres long, my average speed was 22.6km/h (14mph). This is considerably faster than my usual average speed of just under 20km/h. That was because I had a relatively strong wind in my back for almost the entire distance. This is exceptional in the Netherlands, where the wind usually always seems to be in your face!