In the last post I mentioned Groningen, one of the most cycling-friendly cities in the world. Cycling in Groningen is more than just a way to commute: locals use cycling for everything from getting to work and shopping to getting to parties and even transporting Christmas trees and refrigerators! This is no accident either: cycling is a product of political activism, public policy, cultural alignment, and economic prudence. Intelligent and utilitarian policies have enhanced the safety and efficiency of cycling while dense multi-use development and business support has made it easy to use cycling for any type of errand. Watch this Streetsblog episode for a lengthy but excellent look at the many efforts that make cycling in Groningen the most popular form of transportation.
Dutch Cycling Series #3: “Groningen: The World’s Cycling City”