BICYCLE DUTCH

All about cycling in the Netherlands

Another new bicycle street in Utrecht

Utrecht has built quite a number of bicycle streets recently. Surprising, because Utrecht also built the very first bicycle street of the country, which was a complete disaster. So what … Continue reading

7 April 2015 · 43 Comments

Car free city centre in Utrecht

In recent years we could see trials with pedestrian zones in cities around the world. The New York “Plaza’s” are very successful and spreading. Other cities are lagging behind, or … Continue reading

6 November 2014 · 11 Comments

Road diet XXL for an intersection in Den Bosch

To improve traffic situations for pedestrians and people cycling, road managers can decide to build extravagant infrastructure. Most of the time, however, it is much easier and much more effective … Continue reading

30 October 2014 · 11 Comments

Jodenbreestraat in Amsterdam: given back to people

Most people are cycling and walking in Amsterdam’s Jodenbreestraat today. But the street could have been so different if the 4 lane motorway of the 1970s would have been further … Continue reading

22 May 2014 · 11 Comments

100 years of recreational cycle path building

On the 4th of March it was exactly 100 years ago that the society for the construction of cycle paths in the Gooi and Eemland region was founded. It is … Continue reading

13 March 2014 · 6 Comments

Ride into the city: 5 kilometres priority

Cycling must be convenient and fast to be a viable alternative to the car. The Dutch achieve a very high average speed for cycling because you can cycle almost non-stop … Continue reading

30 January 2014 · 41 Comments

Cycling from De Bilt to Utrecht

De Bilt is a village east of Utrecht with a population of a little over 10,000. Its name might seem familiar because it is the village after which the famous … Continue reading

2 January 2014 · 13 Comments

Amsterdam children fighting cars in 1972

“This would be a perfect area for a trial with a maximum speed of 30km/h” (18mph) explains a traffic expert of the city of Amsterdam to a child in a … Continue reading

12 December 2013 · 45 Comments

Car Free Sundays, a 40 year anniversary

From the 4th November 1973 there were a number of Car Free Sundays in the Netherlands. The Dutch had supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War in October 1973. This … Continue reading

1 December 2013 · 14 Comments

New ’24 Oktoberplein’ fly-over, Utrecht

Whenever I show new bicycle overpasses, such as the ones in Enschede and Eindhoven, people comment that motor traffic should be on top of the overpass, so people cycling don’t … Continue reading

24 October 2013 · 20 Comments

Simon Stevinweg, ʼs-Hertogenbosch

Simon Stevinweg is a major east-west route in the city of ʼs-Hertogenbosch. It is a typical through route for the Netherlands. Two lanes for motor traffic and two separated one-way … Continue reading

25 September 2013 · 7 Comments

Riding around the bus stop

One of the things that I had planned to show you for a long time is how the Dutch can cycle around a bus stop. That there is an interest … Continue reading

5 September 2013 · 30 Comments
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