billet en français Six years ago I explained in a post that doing maintenance comes quite natural to the Dutch. As a people we like things neat and tidy. Dutch even has different terms for a complete overhaul of things … Continue reading Cycleway maintenance and repairs
It’s the “no post week” and by fate I had to be in Rotterdam again last week. This time for the sad occasion of the funeral ceremony of one of my first cousins. Rotterdam is quite a journey from my … Continue reading Filth does not look good on a cycle bridge
“Do you seriously not have anything better to do today?” British comedian John Cleese was astonished when he saw the hundreds of people who had turned up in Eindhoven on a cold Monday morning last April for the opening of … Continue reading And now for something completely different
Dutch bicycles require almost no maintenance. So the Dutch generally perform almost no maintenance on their bicycles themselves. But there is one thing that almost every Dutch child learns to do at a young age: how to fix a flat … Continue reading Dutch style puncture repair
Cycle routes in the Netherlands are constantly being updated. Wanting to keep things tidy and in a good order is a Dutch trait and you see that reflected in the streets. The Dutch language has different terms for small repairs … Continue reading Cycle route update: it’s all in the details
“How come there are no pot holes in the Netherlands?“ Every time I show Dutch infrastructure to foreign guests that question keeps coming back. And it’s not just people with an interest in road design that notice it. “In the … Continue reading How come there are no pot holes in the Netherlands?
When I mentioned the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch had forgotten to clear one new cycle route of snow in my post two weeks ago, the city quickly responded and the route was gritted right away. For the future the route is now included in the ‘to be cleared main cycle routes’. That was possible because the ‘city’ is of course a number of people working hard. One person read my post and contacted another person who is in charge of planning the actual gritting. A few days later I was contacted, and asked if I’d like to have a look at … Continue reading Clearing the streets of snow and ice
The red of the cycle paths and lanes in the Netherlands is really standing out. It makes clear where the realm of the motorists stops and that of cyclists starts. Some people think the red is paint but that is … Continue reading Rolling out a red carpet for cyclists