All about cycling in the Netherlands


Welcome to this blog about cycling in the Netherlands. The utility type of cycling to get from A to B. This blog is not about cycling as a sport, nor to be green, but about the every day type of cycling on sit-up bicycles. My name is Mark Wagenbuur and I am one of the many Dutch who cycle almost every day. I have well over 40 years of experience in cycling in the Netherlands. From an early age I have closely followed the planning and development of infrastructure in this country. For a short while in the past, I have also lived and cycled in Berlin. At present, I am cycling almost every day in the Dutch cities of ’s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht, where I live and work respectively. I enjoy showing the world Dutch cycling and Dutch cycling infrastructure in my videos and blog posts.

In January 2009 I started publishing videos about cycling in the Netherlands on YouTube. These videos were soon picked up by a range of blogs and sometimes used in other people’s blog posts as an illustration of Dutch cycling. From early 2011 I started to write my own blog posts to go with my own videos. I now usually publish one post and video every week.

Please do not contact me with requests for interviews etc. Unfortunately I really cannot answer such requests, because of time reasons. My blog posts and videos should speak for themselves. Thanks.

You can also follow me on Twitter.

BicycleDutch My YouTube channel is called “Cycling in the Netherlands”.

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62 comments on “About

  1. alpincesare
    29 March 2016


    I googled, and read the Traffic Lights section before asking but didn’t find the answer.

    I rode in the Netherlands this week-end, and noticed several red lights turning green just when I was about 2m from them: Are they equiped with some kind of movement detectors so that riders don’t have to stop and waste energy to get back to speed?

    Thank you.

    • Bicycle Dutch
      29 March 2016

      Yes they are. There are detection loops in the surface about 10 metres ahead of most signals.

      • alpincesare
        29 March 2016

        Thanks for the confirmation. I’ll dig further and try to find some article about this.

  2. Masayoshi Tanishita
    2 March 2016

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you so much for your quick reply and permisson.

  3. Masayoshi Tanishita
    2 March 2016

    Hi Mark,
    I really enjoy your blog.
    Now I am writing an article on bicycle in the Netherlands in Japanese.
    I hope to use some photos in I your blog. If I need permission, please let me know.
    Best regards,

    • Bicycle Dutch
      2 March 2016

      Feel free to use the pictures. If you mention the source and include a link it’s fine!

      • artosalojarvi
        18 May 2016

        Hello Mark,
        I’m an editor for a local newspaper in The Hague / Rotterdam / Delft / Leiden area called ToTen, I was looking for an image of people cycling in Rotterdam for one of our contributors’ article, talking about cycling in Rotterdam and Liverpool. I came across your blog and wanted to get in touch to ask if I could use one of your photos and used it as a featured image, I’ve added the link to the blog in the credits. I hope this is fine.
        The article in question can be found here:
        If there are any issues, please feel free to get in touch.
        Lastly: I really like your blog, nice read. Keep up the good work.

  4. John Pelletier
    19 September 2015

    Hi Mark, As a long time follower of your blog and David’s I really appreciate the hard work you both are doing to help illuminate the better infrastructure discussion! My state here in the US, MA, is about to adopt a protected bike lane guide that really has some great stuff including free right turn curb protected intersection designs based on trips the engineering team took to NL a year or two ago. One of the discussions that came up is in disability access, specifically blind or deaf. Is there an opportunity to take a look at intersection designs around a school for the deaf or blind for example to showcase those users interacting with bicycles? The pedestrian and disability advocates are very very wary of these designs based on the typical silent faster US cycle user but I am confident things will work out after a bit of adjustment period. Any assistance is greatly welcome! -John

    • bicycledutch
      19 September 2015

      Thanks for the compliments. In my recent video of a city center street that was redesigned you can already see someone who is clearly visually impaired crossing the street that has cycle tracks on either side. She does so without any trouble. From the 2:08 mark: There are more people of age walking with a cane, in a wheel chair and in a mobility scooter in that same video. Cycle tracks are quite the opposite of dangerous for people with disabilities, they are making life safer and easier for them. I also wrote about this in an earlier post.

  5. Jan
    25 August 2015

    Meanwhile in Amsterdam:
    Rood & Groen

    (you can check out how it looked like in google streetview, Plantage Middenlaan)

  6. beezodog
    14 August 2015

    Where can we find videos that show how the Dutch automobile handle parking on the same streets which in Protected Intersections?

    • andreengels
      15 August 2015

      Usually, there is no on-street parking on those roads. Reason is that the roads that have cyclepaths (and thus protected intersections) are the main roads, and those do not have on-street parking for the same reason they have cyclepaths: to avoid large speed differences on the same road (between cars and bicycles, and between cars driving and cars going into or coming out of parking). However, when there is on-street parking (for example because a minor road for motor traffic is a major one for bicycles, and has cyclepaths for that reason), the parking will usually be in the form of parking bays, which then will end a little bit before the intersection, so the parked cars don’t interfere with the sight lines on the intersection.

      For an example, see Mark’s post at, 14:40 to 15:30 on the full-length video (also third and fourth photograph)

  7. Wuz
    21 July 2015

    After following you for a few years on Youtube, I JUST discovered there is a Blog.
    Keep up the good work.

  8. ron dankelman
    5 May 2015

    Hi Mark,
    Could you give us some insight in the impact of your blog in other countries? In which countries do people read this blog? I ‘ m very interested in the WordPress/google statistics because it tells us more about the interest in the rest of the world and maybe about the state of development of bicycle infrastucture there.

    • bicycledutch
      5 May 2015

      Ron, I sent you a full list for 2014. No less than 201 different countries is where my visitors came from. So only a few grey spots on the map. The top 10 is interesting for the viewers too I think.


      • Robert
        10 May 2015

        There are actually people from North Korea who watched your videos? That is what it appears to be according to your map.

      • Johan
        31 May 2015

        And which country is missing in the list? Sadly Belgium. The neighbour of the Netherlands. I think that says enough. The Belgians are not active enough in complaining about the cycling infrastructure. Belgium is trying though with cycle paths but they really never think about the intersections. And Brussels and Liege are a disaster.

        • Hans
          2 June 2015

          As a Belgian living abroad, I’ve wondered about this too. Compared to what I’ve seen in other European countries, I think at least the Dutch-speaking northern half of Belgium is coping reasonably well as a cycling nation, despite the undeniably less advanced cycling infracture. Perhaps it’s because one of the things the Flemish have in common with the Dutch to a large extent is that they simply take their ‘cycling culture’ for granted.
          Or could language be a factor? After all, why would Dutch-speaking Belgians turn to a English-language blog when there’s an abundance of information in Dutch about cycling in the Netherlands?

  9. Lony
    1 May 2015

    Hey Mark – I arrived on your fantastic blog over Christiane’s “Bikelovin” Blog! We are a german-scottish family and live near the dutch border (near Venlo) and love to cycle a lot! We’ve planned to do some cycling in NL this summer (in Limburg, around the “Maas” for a start) and I a am very happy that I found your blog! It’s stuffed with great information! Keep up the great work and have a sunny weekend! Bye bye! Lony

  10. mikek
    24 April 2015

    Hi Mark, Good Work. I have recently come to know that a Dutch Company with expertise in bicycling infrastructure is signing an agreement with the council of Penang, Malaysia to help develop bicycle lanes and cycling mentality in a part of the World which is gradually picking up on the benefits of bicycling. Thought you’d like to know.

    • Slow-Ski
      24 April 2015

      What’s the Dutch Company’s name?

  11. Kurt G (in the UK)
    30 March 2015

    What a fantastic website and resource for all that is dutch and cycling! Clearly explained information, demonstrations of infrastructure in the Netherlands, and excellent clear videos of real life cycling, are what you have provided the global cycling community Mark, and all presented very well.

    Your website is an invaluable reference for real life everyday cycling in the worlds leading cycling nation, and acts as an ecofriendly inspiration to us all.

    While some website only provide a limited amount of information, I love the fact that you have covered almost every situation, time of day, month of the year, weather condition and urban facility, that there could be to demonstrate!

    May you long continue to post interesting news about dutch freewheeling and dutch inovations!

    Kurt G
    (Bristol UK)

  12. Luis Patricio
    9 January 2015

    First of all, congratulation for the good work.

    Your posts are so interesting that I’d like to know if I could translate some of them to portuguese and post them on my blog. Of course I will always put the reference for the original post.

    I live in Curitiba Brazil and the blog is:

    thank you very much

  13. Freeman
    4 May 2014

    Hi mark,

    You have done a very good job, especially for a cycling community a round the world.

    Best regards from malaysia

  14. portoalegredebike
    18 December 2013

    Hi Mark ! My name is Gilson Wingist, and I Live in Brazil, in Porto Alegre City, and I also cycle almost everyday. But, I posting here for another reason.

    In the next FIFA World CUP, that will be in Brazil, the Netherlands Soccer Team will play in the city that I live. And we expect that many people of Netherlands came to visit our city.

    But, here in Porto Alegre, the bikers are living a hard time. We have only, 22 km of bike lanes in a city with more then 2000 km of streets. And all bike lanes are very bad (I have pictures, but I don’t know how to send to you).

    And, after many years of fight with the autorithies, In 2006, we conquer a law to ensure that 20% of the money of traffic fines goes to new bike lanes.

    But, only in the words of politicians. This money never was used to build new bike lanes. We begs to the justice, and the judge sad “The city hall must use the money to build bike lanes”. But, nothing happens again.

    And its worst: Now the city hall want to CANCEL this law, because they don’t want to build the bike lanes (and follow the law).

    So, cyclists and friends of the Netherlands, please help us to spread the word. You will came to visit us, and is a shame for us don’t have bike lanes to welcome you.

    Thank you, and please forgive any errors in my english.

  15. JW
    5 November 2013
    • JW
      5 November 2013

      Sorry, I ment the Glow in the dark-fietspad item.

  16. Phil
    4 November 2013


    i lived in Sittard for 5 month in the last winter. When you are in Germany as cyclist, you have the right to ride on the street and different studys show, that that’s saver then the bike lines in Germany, if there are some. When i traveled around in Germany, the dutch car driver were much worster then the german car driver, because they gave me as cyclist no security space when overtaken me. Normally they have to keep at least 1,5 meters between, but 0,5 to 0,2 meters were normal for the dutch drivers. But where did this come from?

    • Well German cycle paths/lanes are not as safe as Dutch ones because of how they were designed. You can expect to live thousands of lifetimes before ever getting into a fatal collision.

  17. D. Martijn Oostra
    1 October 2013

    “[…] Recently [March, 2012] Streetfilms joined a group of city leaders from Chicago, Washington, DC and Miami on a study tour of the Netherlands, through the Bikes Belong Foundation’s Bicycling Design Best Practices Program. The program shows American transportation professionals and policy makers real life examples of what it looks like to invest in cost-effective bicycle facilities. […]” (‘From the Netherlands to America: Translating the World’s Best Bikeway Designs’: )

  18. D. Martijn Oostra
    1 October 2013

    ‘bike lanes by Casey Neistat’:

  19. Neil Hrushowy
    10 September 2013

    Loved your film about intersection design and how to protect cyclists from right-turning vehicles. Do you have any photos of intersections where this has been applied that I can share with our local city bike lane designers? Thanks!

    • bicycledutch
      10 September 2013

      There are quite a number of pictures in that very post and also in this one. You can also see many real live examples in the follow-up post and video.

    • Sjors Binksma
      4 July 2014

      Google has photos of all te intersections in the Netherlands.

    • Robert
      5 October 2015

      Note that cycle lanes are not the most preferable situation. On residential collector roads within neighbourhoods, maybe, but most of the time, the Dutch use a fully curb/verge protected cycleway.

  20. Alison
    10 June 2013


    I am in Den Bosch for 2 months and looking for advice on where to buy a cheap basic city bicycle, ideally somewhere I could re-sell it to once I leave. Ideas? Advice?

    • bicycledutch
      11 June 2013

      Any bicycle shop sells second-hand bicycles in the Netherlands. The same usually goes for the bike parking facilities at Central Stations. And they sell and buy, so that would seem just what you need.

  21. Howdy, Mr. Mark Wagenbuur,

    I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for your fantastic website. It’s one of my favorite websites to visit, every time I visit my RSS reader I always check to see if their is an update from your blog first.

    I stumbled on your blog a few years ago after I became frustrated by the lack of standards and examples of good cycling infrastructure in the US. I thought, “there must be a better way to build cycling infrastructure that doesn’t require a massive upheaval on how we do transportation in this country.” I then found your blog and I immediately become encouraged and blown away. I literally locked myself away in my room for a week and read every post on your blog from beginning to end and started taking notes. The Dutch example is so subtle in someways, yet so brilliant, bold, and revolutionary.

    The way you present yourself so humbly yet confidently is such an encouragement to me. Instead of bashing people over the head with your knowledge you humbly reason with people and give incredible examples of the benefits of high quality cycling infrastructure. That’s refreshing to see in a world where “either you agree with me or you’re an idiot” rules the day in arguing your point. Even when people challenge you, you graciously reason with them passionately. You have no idea how much this means to me. Anyone can smack someone down in a heated debate, it takes real passion to calmly reason with even the most berserk opponent.

    So anyways, thanks so much for everything you do to help those of us outside of the Netherlands reason, argue, fund, and build effective cycling infrastructures in our communities. Thanks so much for your work.

    • Robert
      5 October 2015

      Like even relatively minor details like the width of Dutch cycleways, actuation at traffic lights, angled curbs, make all the difference.

  22. mrolarik
    16 April 2013

    good to know your page. I like it

  23. Koen
    12 March 2013

    I like the new layout. Compliments, Mark!

  24. mrluzeiro
    31 January 2013

    Hi, very nice information.
    I’m planning cycle every day to my office work thats about 20 minutes.
    What do you think do think doing it every day?
    In the winter should I use special cloths protection?

    • The question is mainly about what kind of cycling you intend to do. Not where you are going to and from, but what kind of cycling you will need to do in order to get there. 20 minutes is less important than the distance in many areas. What kind of streets are you going to do it on, and are there any cycle paths or cycle lanes to do it with? Depends on how cold the winter is about the winter question. And what kind of weather do you get, rain, snow, ice, sleet, Hawaii hot, etc. If you can you probably want an omafietsen, but if you can’t do it, get a hybrid bike or a road bike, and attach a wheel lock and a chain or cable lock to go with it, dynamo powered lights and a rear luggage rack, and try to get internal gears and a chaincase if you can, and enclose the brakes if you can too. Worth considering the tires, you might need studded ones in the winter, but otherwise, you should go with puncture proof tires. High quality studded tires are also very puncture resistant too. You might also want to switch out the saddle too.

  25. Maciek
    11 January 2013


    Congratulations on your blog! I hope that one day we’ll have a similar cycling infrastructure in Poland…
    Could you make a post or just a video about the coexistence of the cyclists and the pedestrians in Netherlands? I’d like to see how they share space along bus or tram stops, in the junction areas etc.

    Best wishes for the new year!

  26. Corey
    7 November 2012

    Amazing blog and videos, thanks very much. Please come to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, North America’s northernmost major city, to try urban winter biking and to explain to our city planners how bike lanes should work!

    • Robert
      5 October 2015

      They always use the excuse of winter our city planners. Sure we do have colder winters, but what is ETS for?

      • Robert
        5 October 2015

        And our planners almost always consider a shared use path just 3 metres wide, possibly as narrow as 2.5 for bidirectional use, without complete and safe crossings at intersections, which you legally have to dismount for, sufficient. The only time a Dutch planner might, might, use a 3 metre wide pathway for both pedestrians and cyclists is in low volume rural areas. But even then they build it as a bike path you are allowed to walk on, including at intersections, not a sidewalk you are allowed to ride on.

  27. Koen van Waes
    26 October 2012

    Mark, compliments on your blog! We are proud, as the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch, to have you as our cycling ambassador.
    I was in Melbourne last week as a keynote speaker on the Bike Futures Conference 2012. I used a few of your films on my presentation. I also referred to your blog. Thanx!

  28. Jim Moore
    30 August 2012

    Hello Mark,

    On one of your films you showed numerous streets along with the volume of daily cyclists that travelled along each one. Would you be able to provide a link to the official website/s where these cycling volumes are maintained? I’ve tried to find this info however it’s a bit difficult due to the language difference. I understand that each city keeps records of this information and I’m particularly interested in Amsterdam’s and the Overtoom.

    My other query is whether there is a way to donate financially to your blog. David Hembrow has this facility on his blog.

    Kind Regards,
    Jim Moore

    • bicycledutch
      20 October 2012

      Hi Jim, that information is very hard to come by. Yes there are regular counts but the results are only very rarely published. There is no legal obligation for Dutch municipalities to do that. I do sometimes find figures like that when a city updates their policies or something like that but even I have to be lucky in finding that information.

      There is -now- a way to donate financially to my blog. I’ve created a paypal option for that in the right column of the site right below the search box.

  29. Gaizka Elordi
    17 August 2012


    I just wanted to ask where did you get the camera for the helmet from. I am looking to buy one and record The Jungle that London City is. Thank you.


    • bicycledutch
      17 August 2012

      You seem to think I wear a helmet and a helmetcam on top of that. I have neither sorry! I hold the camera in my hand, a simple photo/video camera. Good luck on your hunt.

      • Robert
        10 May 2015

        No helmet? No problem. Try using the type of headband a jogger wears around his/her forehead, and attach the camera for that. Holding it in your hands works too, but I imagine you could go faster and have more control over the bike had you had either three hands to hold two handlebars and one camera, but the most recent photograph of you shows you don*t have 3, or use the headband and two hands on handlebars.

  30. Jeff Shone
    10 June 2012

    I am so happy you made this blog and all the information you have made public. Thank you.
    I am very jealous of the Netherlands, it is no wonder the Dutch are the happiest nation in the world! I am trying to get my wife to move with me!:-)

  31. EcoHustler (@EcoHustler)
    27 April 2012

    This is a fantastic site! I have added your video here:

    Best wishes,


  32. Сашко Чубко
    3 April 2012

    historical photos and videos are great! thanks from Ukraine.

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  34. Kevin Champagne
    8 March 2012

    I have enjoyed A View from the Cycle Path for a while and was disappointed to find out it is no more. I really have learned a lot from it and your videos. I think the knowledge that everyone gains will help make the world a better place for cycling and a healthier world as well. The Dutch have always led the way with cycling, and when I look at all the snow we have here right now I sure wish I could be in your country right now.

    • bicycledutch
      8 March 2012

      Thanks for your comment. A view from the cycle path was only inaccessible for a while, it is back open again. So I updated this text and also made a link. You can continue to enjoy that blog!

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