The Moped Menace in the Netherlands

More than half of Amsterdam’s over 25,000 so-called ‘light’ moped riders admits they ‘almost always’ ride too fast. That was the news of this week. But it wasn’t really news. The Cyclists’ Union had already published a report last November 2012 that showed that 94% of the ‘light’ mopeds speeds. Some up to 60km/h where 25km/h is permitted. More than double the maximum speed! The average speed is 37km/h, that is 50% above the speed limit, yes, on average! The number of ‘light’ mopeds in Amsterdam grew at an astonishing rate, from 8,125 in 2007 to over 25,000 in 2012. The … Continue reading The Moped Menace in the Netherlands

Trouble in paradise?

“Problems all-too familiar to car drivers the world over, from traffic jams to road-rage and lack of parking, are now also threatening to turn the Dutch dream of bicycling bliss into a daily hell. In a small country where bicycles outnumber people by 1.2 million, the Dutch have simply run out of space to accommodate the five million cyclists who take to the road every day, turning commuting in major cities into a nightmare.” “What is this?” Asked people all over Twitter when a wave of identical news items swept the world, from the Philippines and China to Australia and … Continue reading Trouble in paradise?

‘s-Hertogenbosch becomes Netherlands’ “Fietsstad 2011”

‘s-Hertogenbosch (a.k.a. Den Bosch) won the honour title ‘Fietsstad 2011’ or ‘Cycling City 2011′ in the election organised by the Dutch Cyclists’ Union. The expert jury was unanimous in its decision. Last August, the city had been selected as one of five nominees, which were in turn selected from a long list of 19 cities that had entered the competition. The director of the Fietsersbond (Cyclists’ Union) states the following: “In recent years ‘s-Hertogenbosch has given cycling an enormous boost in a short time with a lot of energy, ambition, creativity and money. That is very good for a city … Continue reading ‘s-Hertogenbosch becomes Netherlands’ “Fietsstad 2011”

Fietsstad (Cycling City) 2011 nominees announced

The Dutch Fietsersbond (Cyclists’ Union) has announced the five nominees that will compete to be chosen as Fietsstad (Cycling City) of the Netherlands for 2011. The jury chose the five cities out of a long list of 19 cities that had entered the competition. ’s-Hertogenbosch, the city I have been living in for 16 years now, is one of the five nominees. Over the past 16 years I have seen a lot of development in the cycling infrastructure and climate of this city. Especially in recent years it went from mediocre to very good in my opinion so it will … Continue reading Fietsstad (Cycling City) 2011 nominees announced