Bicycle Parking policies Zaanstad ridiculed

The enforcement of the bicycle parking restrictions in Zaandam was ridiculed on national TV this week. Zaanstad municipality issued a parking restriction of 4 hours for a street in the centre of Zaandam, the largest city in the municipality. The street is near the railway station and the city claims the bike parking space is filled with the bicycles of commuters who refuse to use the facilities at the station. But how do you check which bikes are from commuters and which belong to shoppers with every right to park their bicycles? For that the city uses the tried and … Continue reading Bicycle Parking policies Zaanstad ridiculed

Cycle tour in Zaanstad (prov. North-Holland)

Recently I was invited to participate in a cycle tour in the municipality of Zaanstad. Home to one of the best known tourist destinations of the Netherlands: the windmills of Zaanse Schans. The local branch of the Cyclist’s Union used Twitter to invite some people* from around the country to come and have a look and comment on some situations they are currently debating with the city council. We had a pleasant ride and from a foreign perspective the cycling climate is actually very well in the Zaan river region. Zaanstad, in the province of North-Holland, is not actually a “city” … Continue reading Cycle tour in Zaanstad (prov. North-Holland)