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Pavement continuity across a sideroad in central Groningen. Different types and colours of paving clearly demarcate the pavement and road, while having a minimal kerb at all edges so it is easy for wheelchairs and prams, or just those un ... [more]

Priority at sideroads - best practice shown here at Groningerstraat, Assen, Netherlands.

Floating bus stops with shelters on narrow islands in Stadskanaal. A two-way segregated pavement cycleway goes past behind the bus stop. There is no pavement at the bus stop on the opposite (canal) side of the road. See also #59412

Floating bus stops with shelters on narrow islands in Stadskanaal. A two-way segregated pavement cycleway goes past behind the bus stop. There is no pavement at the bus stop on the opposite (canal) side of the road. See also #59413.

About 4m wide, two-way cycleway, separated from the main carriageway. Very many Dutch cycleways connecting towns and villages are to this standard. See #53541

Assen (not the exact location).

As many people are skating today as cycling. Photo shows the correct height for a windscreen to protect children from weather.

Junction on high capacity cycle-paths. The speed bumps are to slow down moped riders who are also allowed to use these paths. The central reservation helps pedestrians to cross this busy cycle-path at peak times. Google maps imagery does ... [more]

Junction on high capacity cycle-paths in Groningen. Lanes for different directions are separated by central reservation, which also helps pedestrians to cross the cycle-path at busy times. These cycle-paths are newer than the Google Maps ... [more]

Raised table at crossroads of paved roads.

Outdoor cycle parking at Assen station (there's secure indoor parking too).

'Mushroom' route sign.

Couldn't have put it better. This is a car free street.

Light controlled crossroads with 'free for all' single green phase for cyclists.

School lunchtime.

School lunchtime.

School lunchtime.

School lunchtime.

Cycle path crossing (without priority) alongside zebra crossing.

Cycle path crossing (without priority) alongside zebra crossing.

Cycle path over bridge en route to industrial estate.

Cycle path en route to industrial estate.

Cycle parking at bus stop.

Home Zone

Preparing for a game of Hopscotch.

Home Zone

4m cycle path alongside canal.

4m cycle path alongside canal.

4m cycle path alongside canal.

View NNE from mound next to canal.

View West from mound next to canal.

View SE from mound next to canal.

View South from mound next to canal.

Cycle 'road'.

A crossroad, two arms are cycle paths (one crossing the canal) and car access is prevented with bollards, the other two arms are 30kph roads.

30kph road with cycle lanes ends and continues as cycle path under bridge.

T junction of cycle path meeting another branch of 'no through route' 30kph road.

Raised table where cycle path meets 'no through route' road in 30kph zone. Cycle path straight ahead.

Road in 30kph zone made a no through route fro cars using bollards. Only one entry/exit for cars.

Informal cycle parking inside covered shopping mall.

British cyclists blocking cycle path.

Cycle parking at bus stop.

Bollard preventing car access onto concrete cycle path.

Cycle bridge over water feature.

Paved 30kph zone with plenty of off-road car parking.

Car barrier - busses can pass.

Route to point 63 is 'the worst cycle path in Drenthe'.

Leisure cycle network map at point 61

Cyclepath alongside suburban/rural road

Secondary school cycle parking

Rubbish bin designed for passing cyclists to use (school nearby)

Underpass 'crossing' 70pkh 'no cycling' road

Underpass 'crossing' 70pkh 'no cycling' road

Underpass 'crossing' 70kph 'no cycling' road

Underpass 'crossing' 70kph 'no cycling' road

Crossing without cycle priority

Raised table crossing in a 30kph zone showing 'No Entry except cycles and mopeds' and 'No Parking' signs. The parking restriction applies to the side of the street the sign is on.

A raised table crossroad in 30kph zone with 'No Parking' sign and "One Way except cycles and mopeds' sign. The no parking applies to the side of the street the sign is on.

Raised table crossroads in 30kph zone showing 'No Entry except cycles and mopeds' and 'No Parking' signs. The no parking applies to the side of the street the sign is on.

Resurfacing a cyclepath, Dutch style. This four kilometre long, four metre wide cycle path is being resurfaced. There's room for two rollers next to each other. The sign reads "Fietspad - dus niet brommen". i.e. "Cyclepath - therefore ... [more]

Resurfacing a cycle path, Dutch style. Another layer is applied to a four kilometre long four metre wide cyclepath.

Resurfacing of a cycle path. This path is 4 m wide and four kilometres long without interruption, providing part of a fast cycle route around Assen. The new surface is several inches of asphalt laid on top of proper foundations. The same ma ... [more]

Great news! The last of the "hybrid" provision in Groningen is going away, to be replaced by proper cycle paths with more obvious distinction between the road and the cyclepath. The Northbound side of the road has already been done. The ... [more]

While bidirectional cyclepaths in this part are normally 4 m wide, they can be much wider at junctions.

Sometimes there can be terrible obstructions for cyclists on Dutch streets. This is one of the main streets through Assen.

Bicycle Road (fietsstraat) in Assen. Cyclists are all on one side of the canal while drivers use the other side. This side is a through road only if you ride a bike, and provides part of a direct and very nearly completely car free route fr ... [more]

Imaginative rubbish collection bin for cyclists somewhere north of Assen.

The excellent multi-storey bicycle park at Groningen Railway Station. Many bicycle saddles have received a rain cover with advertising.

Advertising in the form of saddle rain covers saddle pulled over parked bikes at Groningen Railway Station.

Litter bin for cyclists, so you don't have to stop to dispose of your litter.

A proper cycle path in the making. Several layer of gravel, concrete, tarmac and red-mac applied on Groningerstraat. This reduces problems with tree roots and frost.

Study tour on Groningerstraat in Assen, a road of similar width to Gilbert Road in Cambridge.

Study tour on Groningerstraat in Assen, a road of similar width to Gilbert Road in Cambridge.

Groningerstraat in Assen. This is a street the same width as Gilbert Road in Cambridge. The layout is extremely good for cycling, and residents get to keep their on-road car parking: http://hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningerstra ... [more]

Groningerstraat in Assen. This is a street the same width as Gilbert Road in Cambridge. The layout is extremely good for cycling, and residents get to keep their on-road car parking: http://hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningerstra ... [more]

Groningerstraat in Assen. This is a street the same width as Gilbert Road in Cambridge. The layout is extremely good for cycling, and residents get to keep their on-road car parking: http://hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningerstra ... [more]

Groningerstraat in Assen. This is a street the same width as Gilbert Road in Cambridge. The layout is extremely good for cycling, and residents get to keep their on-road car parking: http://hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningerstra ... [more]

It's -7 C, there's snow and ice everywhere and has been for days, but the cycle superhighway between Assen and Vries has just occasional patches of difficult to shift ice. http://hembrow.blogspot.com/2010/12/sunday-ride-through-snowy-lan ... [more]

It's -7 C this morning, the 1st of December. Quite windy too, the the wind-chill adds considerably to how cold it feels. However, while the canal is frozen, the cycle paths are regularly gritted and salted and remain clear of ice.

We've had a light dusting of snow here in Assen. It's -2 C. All cyclepaths have been swept and gritted and children continue to cycle to school as usual.

cycling on a dedicated bike path (fietspad) through woodland

A nice wide (2.5 m for single direction use) smooth cycle path in the Netherlands. Quite normal for the Netherlands, but the reason for this photo is the vegetation along the side of the path. It's trimmed very neatly so that cyclists can s ... [more]

Sinner Mangos lined up outside the factory. Some new ready for customers, some test ride Mangos and the one I commute in. http://www.ligfietsgaragegroningen.nl/

Jim McGurn adds to the bicycle tyre tracks in newly fallen snow early on Sunday morning, while riding my Sinner Mango velomobile.

Beauty and the Bike

Beauty and the Bike

Beauty and the Bike

The headline "Assen still has enough gritting salt". The photo above it shows how pot-holes are dealt with before they have a chance to get serious. They're fixed even before the winter has gone. A gas burner is used to melt the ice away ... [more]

The canal next to this cycle path freezes regularly, so it's a good chance for people to skate.

Cycle paths are also useful for joggers

Heading into Glimmen near Groningen in the Netherlands. There is snow all around again, but the cycle path is clear. As I took this photo I was gaining quite rapidly on the snow plough that you see in the photo. The cycle path between Gron ... [more]

The main road, with a speed limit of 70 km/h, runs alongside this minor road which has been made into a through road only for cyclists. This is a cheap and effective way of building good cycling infrastructure. Note that while we stop at ... [more]

At last the snow has gone away, but it was back to -8 C today. Nevertheless, this woman was cycling with three children in her bakfiets.

Parking at the DIY again. This time it was snowing / sleeting when I left home, and I wanted to be warm and dry. Compare with a few weeks ago when there was more snow: #20167 The parking at this shop isn't fantastic, but it seems to be e ... [more]

Entering the village of Loon (pronounced like the English word "loan") near Assen in the Netherlands. Note the 30 km/h speed limit common to most villages, and how cyclists completely avoid what would be dangerous traffic calming as they en ... [more]

Cycle path next to frozen canal (people have been skating here recently) mostly cleared of yet another layer of snow, and regular cycle traffic continuing as it always does.

Immaculate four metre wide cycle-path surface without potholes despite many freeze and thaw cycles. This is the result of a high standard of path construction and maintenance. See #20650 for an example of what is done to fix potholes whe ... [more]

While the snow has mostly gone, it was -4 C today and the canals were still completely frozen. These children went skating after school, travelling by bike, of course.

Yesterday's early snowfall turned to rain and you can see that this has washed away a lot of the remaining snow and ice. It's 2 C today, which is warmer than it's been for a month. This cycle path along the canal was kept clear by snow p ... [more]

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