City planners, transportation engineers, architects, landscape architects, and designers will relish this informative video. For 10 minutes a veteran and thoughtful cyclist takes us on a pleasant ride through a city in the Netherlands. She or he traverses bridges, pedestrian rights of ways, bus stops, car paths, sidewalks, medians, and highways. Along the trip, s/he adds written commentary (read it fast!) that explains what is happening along the route in real time. It’s the first time I’ve seen a video like this, and love the thoughtfulness of the videographer. Paint lines, yield signs, and stop lights are clearly explained in context of how they operate and affect the comfort and safety of the bicyclist. From the video, I felt that pedestrians, cyclists, cars, and buses, were not, as in America, battling in some complex and dangerous dance for survival. Comparatively, the game Frogger is more apt to explain the treacheries of traveling our competitive streets. Rather, in the Netherlands, and much of northern Europe, all elements of transportation operate with deep respect for each other, for all users. Harmony indeed! If only this type of complete street design were done in the US! Bravo and thanks to the good folks over at landscapearchitecture!
Bicycle infrastructure in the Netherlands (via markenlei)
Interesting video of Netherlands bike ways.
This is no a “wish I was there” take but an analytical look at the components and reality of cycle lanes.
Oh and It still makes you wish you were there.
(Gazelle Bicycles Australia via Bicycle infrastructure in the Netherlands)
Bike, Cycle, Bicycle, cycling.