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”
The first part in this series introduced you to many aspects of Dutch cycling including infrastructure, purposes, and users. It was a great look into what separates cycling in the Netherlands from cycling in the US but to get a true understanding of Dutch Cycling you need to know about volume. Cycling is a dominant form of transportation is areas throughout the Netherlands. In central Groningen, a city of about 200,000 people, cycling accounts for a magnificent 60% of all trips! Let’s take a quick peek at a typical rush hour in another town, Utrecht, with about 300,000 people.
Dutch Cycling Series #2: “Bicycle Rush Hour Utrecht (Netherlands) III”
Growing up, “Going Dutch” meant splitting the bill instead of paying for a girl’s dinner on a date. I always thought there was something to that idea, but that is another story. Today, going dutch has a very different meaning to me: cycling. When it comes to cycling, no one does it better than the Dutch. From infrastructure to culture, cycling is deeply integrated into Dutch life. High ridership, diversity in demographics and trip purpose, and few accidents are just some of the many success stories from the Netherlands. In honor of these successes I am assembling a series of videos that capture the essence of Dutch cycling and show Americans what I believe we can achieve with some hard work and dedication. I did not make any of these videos. Please view them on Youtube for more information and links to additional videos. Enjoy!
Dutch Cycling Series #1: “Cycling in the Netherlands – Introduction video”
Global Cycling Network presents the world’s top 10 cycling cities according to the 2013 Copenhagenize Index. It is no surprise the Netherlands ranks three times with Amsterdam holding the top spot. The survey only included 150 cities, so there are cities missed. Still, I wouldn’t mind cycling around any of these cities.