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Photo #30891

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 from a new suburb on the west of the city to the city centre.

The original trees on the right of this bicycle road were removed in 2007. This had to be done when the canal was moved sideways by two metres to narrow this side but widen the other side. The reason for this is to provide enough space on the south side of the canal for a wide cycle path in addition to the road for cars.

It is of no consequence to remove trees and replace them. Trees grow quickly, and when large trees are planted in the first place, an originally tree-lined route very quickly recovers. The trees on the right of the bicycle road now were planted in 2008 and already, just three years later, provide good cover. See #13318 for how they looked immediately after planting.

This photo was taken on a 2011 study tour in Assen:

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