BICYCLE DUTCH

All about cycling in the Netherlands

Cycle Tour July 2017

Route

 Link to the Google Map with the route

 

  1. Bicycle Parking Station West

Opened May 2014 – 4,200 Places – Parking a bike is free in the first 24 hours – OV-Fiets rental.

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  1. The new cycle street in Leidseweg

Opened in August 2016 – Main cycle route to a new residential area of 100,000 people –
Motor traffic uses alternative parallel route, built in 1959.

 

  1. The cycle path atop a school  MUST SEE VIDEO

Huge cycle bridge opened in May 2017 – An old school building was in the way, it was demolished and a new school building has the access ramp on its roof. Possible because school and bridge are city owned. – Height of tallest pylon 35m (155Ft) width deck 7m (23Ft) height over water 9m (29.5Ft) length 110m (361Ft) Cost of the bridge alone €7 million ($8.03m).

 

  1. A 4 kilometer (2.48m) long straight cycle path with priority

Alongside a pipeline for drinking water for Amsterdam that made building on top of it impossible.

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  1. Motor traffic fly over (2013)

Huge intersection, but no barrier to cycling thanks to integrated design of bi-directional cycleways all around the ground level intersection. The fly over is only for motorised traffic.

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  1. Example of a typical protected intersection MUST SEE VIDEO

This design of a protected intersection has been used for decades in the Netherlands

 

  1. Main cycle route alongside a canal

Upgraded cycle route 10 km (6.2m) from 2015. One of six main high speed cycle routes in the city.

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  1. A new bridge for walking and cycling in Utrecht (2016)

Private/public funded bridge – Rabobank paid €9 million ($10.3m) to make it easier for its employees to walk to the city centre in their lunch breaks. Total cost €15m ($17.2m) Length 295m (968Ft). Stairs to station platforms designed, but not built. Owner of shopping mall prevents that, because of old agreements (1960s) with the city that all train passengers must walk through the mall. Stairs would give passengers an alternative route. In 2017, court ruled the agreements stand until number of passengers increases and extra exits must be built for safety reasons. Stairs can be added at any time: bridge is totally prepared for them.

 

  1. Reconstructed entrance to the historic city center (2015)

This street was improved for walking and cycling by removing through motor traffic and removing 55 car parking spaces at the request of the local shop and restaurant owners!

 

  1. Reconstructed street (2016)

This street was improved for walking and cycling. The number of parking spaces was reduced since only 4% of customers arrived by car. The sidewalks were widened.

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  1. Former through route reconstructed as cycle street (2016)

The car is no longer king in Utrecht. Design of streets reflects that. This street had to many motor vehicles per day to make a cycle street possible. Street was built with the hope to reduce number of cars once motorists would feel unwelcome.

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  1. Reconstruction of a five-arm intersection (2016) MUST SEE VIDEO

A complicated intersection was completely redesigned as people’s space. The existing number of vehicles would not make that possible, but with the new design the city hoped to encourage drivers to choose other routes.

 

  1. Ring road reconstruction (2016) MUST SEE VIDEO

The city of Utrecht has decided there should no longer be roads with more than 1 lane per direction. The city ring road had 2×2 lanes here, now reduced to 2×1. Dutch style road diet!

 

  1. Crossing a big road

Example that a big road doesn’t have to be a big barrier. Cycling infrastructure from the 1970s.

 

  1. Improved main cycle route (2014)

This route to the University Campus was upgraded for cycling. Currently a light rail track is under construction here. The light-rail will run on a grass track.

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  1. The Utrecht Science Park

The main street in the University Campus is currently under reconstruction, because the light-rail is being built. Buses now use the former cycle route. Once light rail is finished cycle track will be reopened.

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  1. Grade separated cycle roundabout in Utrecht (finished 1943, designed 1939)

At 74 years old, this is arguably the oldest grade separated roundabout in the world.

Extra info in the annotations (turn them on!)

 

  1. Cycling as a key to better cities

Up until 1996 the city centre was accessible to through private motor traffic. The city has since changed dramatically. Much of the space reserved for cars has been returned to people.

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  1. From car centric to people friendly urban planning MUST SEE VIDEO

The city center main traffic corridor existed until 1996. Potterstraat has since become a street for transit and people walking and cycling. The former post office building will open next year as a food market. The street will have to be reconstructed again when more people visit it.

 

  1. The busiest cycleway in the Netherlands

In both national bike counting weeks Vredenburg was the busiest cycleway (Estimates/counts range from 22K to 32K per day).

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  1. Former motorway restored to the original water  MUST SEE VIDEO

Around the year 1150 a moat was dug around the old city walls to make it easier to defend the city. After 800 years the water was replaced by a city motorway, (1973 to 2009). From 2015 the water returned.

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