All about cycling in the Netherlands

Cycling as a key to better cities

“Cycling is one of the keys to cultivating a healthy urban living environment.” This is a line from the British magazine “The New Economy” in their article about Utrecht. The … Continue reading

6 October 2015 · 3 Comments

The redesign of the Utrecht Sint Jacobsstraat

City streets used to be designed with only the private car in mind, but that has changed (in The Netherlands at least). In many Dutch city centres the car is … Continue reading

25 August 2015 · 11 Comments

Attention for cycling in major infrastructure works

Even in the Netherlands decision makers and planners must often be reminded that the needs for people cycling should be taken into account when major infrastructure is to be reconstructed. … Continue reading

18 August 2015 · 4 Comments

Main cycle route in a city expansion

Cycling in the newest parts of cities and towns in The Netherlands is almost always very convenient. That is because these areas were designed with cycling in mind from the … Continue reading

23 June 2015 · 14 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

Cycling in the Utrecht Science Park

The Utrecht University Area (or Utrecht Science Park) lies to the east of the city of Utrecht. It measures about 2 kilometres from east to west and about 1.5 kilometres … Continue reading

31 July 2014 · 4 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

A trip to Sydney, Australia

The people who follow me on Twitter already know that I returned from Australia earlier this week. I went there with my mother to visit some of our relatives. When … Continue reading

17 October 2013 · 20 Comments

Before and After ʼs-Hertogenbosch (4)

What was a four lane road with separated cycle lanes just six months ago, is now a street with only two lanes for motor traffic (one for each direction) and completely protected … Continue reading

22 August 2013 · 22 Comments

Making a 1960s street grid fit for the 21st century

Today’s Sustainable Safety policies demand a type of street design that is completely different from what was actually built in the 1960s, also in the Netherlands. So can you re-design … Continue reading

8 August 2013 · 22 Comments

A ride on a country road… in the city

On a beautiful summer’s day, I filmed a ride on what appears to be a small country road. But this country road is special, it is in the middle of … Continue reading

30 May 2013 · 7 Comments

From car centric to people friendly urban planning

Historic city centres and modern traffic do not go together well. All the functions of city life compete for a part of the limited space that is available in the … Continue reading

1 December 2011 · 1 Comment

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