A light dusting of snow ended a very long period without snow in the Netherlands on Saturday 16 January last. It hadn’t snowed in De Bilt (which is the location of the Dutch weather bureau) since 1 February 2019. Over … Continue reading A ride in the snow
As promised last week, I have a little video to wish you all the best for the holidays. It is traditional, in this darkest time of the year, that the Dutch towns and cities bring out many lights to brighten … Continue reading Happy Holidays
It is never fun to discover that your train service is suspended due to upgrading works and you will have to use a bus instead. I hate being on a bus. So when I recently had to go to Delft … Continue reading Riding from Delft to The Hague in the dark
Two weeks ago the Netherlands was covered with a thin layer of snow. Enough snow to make cycling very uncomfortable if the roads and cycleways hadn’t been treated, but they were. Luckily it is customary in the Netherlands to treat … Continue reading How well can you cycle in winter conditions?
The days are incredibly long in the Dutch summer. At the end of June there is daylight from about 4 am to 11 pm. And yet I managed to ride in the dark! The video in this week’s post was … Continue reading Riding in the dark
Although it is now rapidly changing for the better, we are still in the dark season. From early November to late February the hours of daylight are so few, that it is hard to film anything for you during the … Continue reading Cycling rush hours in the dark
Half an hour after the railways announced it wasn’t certain the trains would go riding again after the storm last Thursday and that it would be wise to seek alternative transportation, I was on my bike to ride the 55 … Continue reading An unexpected 55-kilometre-long evening ride
When the cycle route from ’s-Hertogenbosch to Vlijmen was upgraded in 2012, the designers faced an interesting challenge: a main cycle route needs lighting at night to make it socially safe. But this is a route that passes through a … Continue reading Lights that switch on just for you
The first garden bridge of the Netherlands, the Paleisbrug (Palace bridge) of ʼs-Hertogenbosch, is well over two years old now. In these two years the garden has really developed impressively. In this short post week, it may be good to … Continue reading The garden bridge at night
Last Tuesday night I went to Amsterdam for another edition of “Bike & City” about the role and place for cyclists in European urban space. The theme was: “What can cities learn from each other in terms of using public … Continue reading The Golden Hour in Amsterdam
It’s almost Christmas and if it weren’t for the darkness and the light decorations everywhere you would hardly be able to tell. The weather doesn’t feel like winter at all. Just last week it was 15.3C where 5.4C is normal … Continue reading Happy Holidays!
We are past the darkest time of the year again, the days are already slowly getting longer. But it will take a long time before we notice that it really is getting lighter again. In winter it is more hazardous … Continue reading Rush hour in the dark