No Copenhagen, that’s not good enough

Copenhagen opened the first ‘Cycle Superhighway’ with a lot of hype last month. I was really looking forward to seeing proper images of it. But I didn’t find any. I think I know why, now that I did. Let’s put it plain and simple, in my opinion this cycle route is not good enough. Newspaper “Politiken” filmed the almost 18 kilometer route and shows it in 5 minutes. In the article “Is Copenhagen’s new cycle highway really super?”  their “testcyklist” came to the same conclusion I did: you simply cannot call this a “super highway”. Perhaps if you come from … Continue reading No Copenhagen, that’s not good enough

Seeing how the neighbours do it

Last Monday I had a few hours to spare while in London. The perfect opportunity to go and see all the traffic situations I ‘knew’ from following the blogs about cycling in London. The Northern Line turned out to be perfect to get to many of these sites. Starting at Oval I saw “Cycle Superhighway” number 7 on Clapham Road. Two stations to the North I visited the overwhelming Elephant and Castle gyratory. Again two stations to the North I exited at London Bridge and walked to Bank to see the Thames bridge and some of the huge streets there. … Continue reading Seeing how the neighbours do it

Cycle highways: Swedish plans vs. Dutch reality

A month ago the internet was buzzing with good news: a 20 kilometer (12.5 miles) four lane cycle superhighway in Sweden would connect the cities of Malmö and Lund. It won’t happen soon; development will take at least 8 years, but the news coverage in English makes two things sound very intriguing: “the route will be four lanes wide and feature exits but no intersections”. Wow! That must be so wide and does that mean there will be no level junctions? That would indeed be very special and a world’s first. But if you then look at the number of … Continue reading Cycle highways: Swedish plans vs. Dutch reality