The UK have recently started to look across the North sea for cycle infrastructure inspiration… again. Because some people in the UK already did that in the 1930s and also in the 1980s. One thing that seems different now, is a … Continue reading What qualifies as Dutch Design?
Just one day after the mayor of London unfolded his cycling vision earlier this month, I had to be in London for a meeting which had nothing to do with cycling. My visit would only be short, and with some … Continue reading Postcard from London
“This really looks a lot like Elephant & Castle” is what I thought when I was cycling in The Hague on the last Sunday of 2012. If “Elephant & Castle” doesn’t ring a bell: it is a major intersection in … Continue reading An ‘Elephant & Castle’ in the Netherlands
In the closing weekend of the London Olympics 2012 a group of ‘s-Hertogenbosch civil servants cycled to London and back (a 600 kilometer round trip) to promote the fact that ‘s-Hertogenbosch was the city where the Dutch Olympic athletes would … Continue reading Cycling to the London Olympics – a follow-up
Just after mid-day on Thursday 9th August, 23 civil servants of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (aka Den Bosch) started a cycle tour to the Olympics in London. The 600 kilometer 4 day round trip is in support of the Dutch athletes who will … Continue reading Cycling to the London Olympics
It can sometimes be incredibly enlightening to look into the past. The following is from a 77 year old Dutch newspaper article. If you look past the old-fashioned language and paragraph-long sentences, the message in this article is strangely up-to-date. With the ongoing “Love London, Go Dutch” campaign, it could almost have been written yesterday. It is interesting to know that neither the Netherlands nor Britain have changed their way of thinking about traffic in 77 years. I leave it up to you to decide what that might mean for the future of cycling in the United Kingdom. The translation … Continue reading Love Britain, go Dutch… in 1935
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