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All photos in & around Assen

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65078Photo #65078Pavement 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 unsteady on their feet, to get on and off at any point. However there is still some kerb, which should make it easier for partially-sighted people to know what is road and what is pavement.

Continuity across the side road means pedestrian journeys are uninterrupted while cars and bicycles turning give way.

The paving is attractive, and a minimal of signage and no lines are used. The curved end to the side-street was a common feature, and makes softer lines. There are even a couple of trees.

Note that while it uses pretty paving and minimal signage it is not shared space: what is pavement and what is road is clear. Low levels of through-traffic make it a pleasant place to cycle, so there are no cycling specific facilities here.

Shame that someone has dumped a load of equipment on the pavement just beyond.
Road environment:
Good practice
road
62707Photo #62707Other:
Infrastructure
general
62706Photo #62706Priority at sideroads - best practice shown here at Groningerstraat, Assen, Netherlands.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
59413Photo #59413Floating 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 #59412Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
59412Photo #59412Floating 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.Other:
Misc
general
53540Photo #53540About 4m wide, two-way cycleway, separated from the main carriageway. Very many Dutch cycleways connecting towns and villages are to this standard. See #53541Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
46000Photo #46000Assen (not the exact location).Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
35502Photo #35502As many people are skating today as cycling. Photo shows the correct height for a windscreen to protect children from weather.Other:
Misc
general
34718Photo #34718Junction 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 not yet show this cycle-path as it exists now.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34715Photo #34715Junction 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 imagery.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34293Photo #34293Raised table at crossroads of paved roads.Road environment:
Good practice
road
34292Photo #34292Outdoor cycle parking at Assen station (there's secure indoor parking too).Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
34291Photo #34291'Mushroom' route sign.Route sign:
Good practice
routesigns
34290Photo #34290Couldn't have put it better. This is a car free street.Road environment:
Good practice
road
34289Photo #34289Light controlled crossroads with 'free for all' single green phase for cyclists.Road environment:
Good practice
road
34288Photo #34288School lunchtime.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34287Photo #34287School lunchtime.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34286Photo #34286School lunchtime.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34285Photo #34285School lunchtime.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34284Photo #34284Cycle path crossing (without priority) alongside zebra crossing.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34283Photo #34283Cycle path crossing (without priority) alongside zebra crossing.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34282Photo #34282Cycle path over bridge en route to industrial estate.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34281Photo #34281Cycle path en route to industrial estate.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34280Photo #34280Cycle parking at bus stop.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
34279Photo #34279Home ZoneRoad environment:
Good practice
road
34278Photo #34278Preparing for a game of Hopscotch.Road environment:
Good practice
road
34277Photo #34277Home ZoneRoad environment:
Good practice
road
34276Photo #342764m cycle path alongside canal.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34275Photo #342754m cycle path alongside canal.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34274Photo #342744m cycle path alongside canal.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34273Photo #34273View NNE from mound next to canal.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34272Photo #34272View West from mound next to canal.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34271Photo #34271View SE from mound next to canal.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34270Photo #34270View South from mound next to canal.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34269Photo #34269Cycle 'road'.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34268Photo #34268A crossroad, two arms are cycle paths (one crossing the canal) and car access is prevented with bollards, the other two arms are 30kph roads.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34267Photo #3426730kph road with cycle lanes ends and continues as cycle path under bridge.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34266Photo #34266T junction of cycle path meeting another branch of 'no through route' 30kph road.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34265Photo #34265Raised table where cycle path meets 'no through route' road in 30kph zone. Cycle path straight ahead.Road environment:
Good practice
road
34264Photo #34264Road in 30kph zone made a no through route fro cars using bollards. Only one entry/exit for cars.Road environment:
Good practice
road
34231Photo #34231Informal cycle parking inside covered shopping mall.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
34230Photo #34230British cyclists blocking cycle path.Obstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
34229Photo #34229Cycle parking at bus stop.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
34228Photo #34228Bollard preventing car access onto concrete cycle path.Obstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
34227Photo #34227Cycle bridge over water feature.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34226Photo #34226Paved 30kph zone with plenty of off-road car parking.Road environment:
Good practice
road
34225Photo #34225Car barrier - busses can pass.Other:
Infrastructure
general
34224Photo #34224Route to point 63 is 'the worst cycle path in Drenthe'.Route sign:
Good practice
routesigns
34223Photo #34223Leisure cycle network map at point 61Route sign:
Good practice
routesigns
34222Photo #34222Cyclepath alongside suburban/rural roadCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34221Photo #34221Secondary school cycle parkingCycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
34220Photo #34220Rubbish bin designed for passing cyclists to use (school nearby)Other:
Good practice
general
34219Photo #34219Underpass 'crossing' 70pkh 'no cycling' roadCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34218Photo #34218Underpass 'crossing' 70pkh 'no cycling' roadCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34217Photo #34217Underpass 'crossing' 70kph 'no cycling' roadCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34216Photo #34216Underpass 'crossing' 70kph 'no cycling' roadCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
34215Photo #34215Crossing without cycle priorityCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
34212Photo #34212Raised 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.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
34211Photo #34211A 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.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
34210Photo #34210Raised 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.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
33335Photo #33335Resurfacing 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 no mopeds".

However, while this is only for bikes, it's still built to the same standard as a road. After all, in the winter the same snow ploughs as go along the roads are used to clear this cycle path. Also vehicles need access to clear the weeds from the ditch, mow the grass etc.
Roadworks:
Good practice
roadworks
33334Photo #33334Resurfacing a cycle path, Dutch style. Another layer is applied to a four kilometre long four metre wide cyclepath.Roadworks:
Good practice
roadworks
33320Photo #33320Resurfacing 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 machines are used to do this as would be used on a road.

It's now much improved since the 2008 study tour which visited this location, though it was actually very impressive then too ( #11713 )

A video of riding along the path before the final layer was put on can be seen here:
www.youtube.com/watch
Roadworks:
Good practice
roadworks
32991Photo #32991Great 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 Southbound side will follow soon.

Continual improvement is the norm in the Netherlands. Frankly, it's surprising that that last few hundred metres of old style cycle path survived as long as it did.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
32236Photo #32236While bidirectional cyclepaths in this part are normally 4 m wide, they can be much wider at junctions.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
32235Photo #32235Sometimes there can be terrible obstructions for cyclists on Dutch streets.

This is one of the main streets through Assen.
Obstruction:
Good practice
obstructions
30891Photo #30891Bicycle 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:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2011/05/assen-study-tour-with-australian.html
hembrow.eu/studytour
Road environment:
Good practice
road
29377Photo #29377Imaginative rubbish collection bin for cyclists somewhere north of Assen.Road environment:
Good practice
road
29371Photo #29371The excellent multi-storey bicycle park at Groningen Railway Station. Many bicycle saddles have received a rain cover with advertising.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
29370Photo #29370Advertising in the form of saddle rain covers saddle pulled over parked bikes at Groningen Railway Station.Other:
Infrastructure
general
29369Photo #29369Litter bin for cyclists, so you don't have to stop to dispose of your litter.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
28582Photo #28582A 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.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
28581Photo #28581Study tour on Groningerstraat in Assen, a road of similar width to Gilbert Road in Cambridge.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
28580Photo #28580Study tour on Groningerstraat in Assen, a road of similar width to Gilbert Road in Cambridge.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
28499Photo #28499Groningerstraat 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:

hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningerstraat

Update: There's a misconception that this photo shows danger due to "the door zone". Actually that's not a problem on this street or with this design and there are several reasons why:

* A buffer is designed into the parking space. That's the light brick colour which this car has unfortunately been parked partly on top.

* Parking here is for residents. These cars don't move frequently so door openings are relatively uncommon.

* It's the convention to cycle on the right in the Netherlands, meaning that cyclists generally ride as far as possible from the car. You'll note that three cyclists are visible in this photo and they are all riding on the right.

* The width of the cycle-path, just short of 2.5 m in this location, means that a car door can in any case not span a very large part of the cycle-path

* If the door is opened and a cyclist swerves, the kerbstones between cycle-path and pavement are at 45 degrees. You can safely ride over this without falling (photos and video demonstration: www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/2008/12/danger-of-parallel-kerbs.html )

* Cyclists who think there is a danger of being "doored" ahead of them can change direction or stop without having to worry about the danger of motor vehicles in their lane.

* The driver's seat in this car is on the left. Therefore the most often opened door is also on the left, away from the cycle-path (at least one car ahead is parked backwards, though).

* If, despite all above, a cyclist was "doored" here, they would fall on the cycle-path and not on the road in front of a motor vehicle. This reduces the likely effect of a "dooring".

Dooring is actually extremely rare in the Netherlands. Design like this is a reason why. If this cycle-path was instead a narrow cycle-lane on the left of the car, most of the points above would be invalid.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
28498Photo #28498Groningerstraat 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:

hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningerstraat

At this point, the car parking switches to the other side of the street. It alternates.
Car storage:
Good practice
carstorage
28497Photo #28497Groningerstraat 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:

hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningerstraat
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
28496Photo #28496Groningerstraat 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:

hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningerstraat
Road environment:
Good practice
road
27534Photo #27534It'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.

hembrow.blogspot.com/2010/12/sunday-ride-through-snowy-landscape.html
Cycleway:
Misc
cycleways
27318Photo #27318It'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.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
27252Photo #27252We'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.Cycleway:
Misc
cycleways
25118Photo #25118cycling on a dedicated bike path (fietspad) through woodlandCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
24136Photo #24136A 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 see drivers on the road and drivers can see cyclists.

The separation from the road at this point is about four metres, which is enough to give a good degree of subjective safety.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
21453Photo #21453Sinner Mangos lined up outside the factory. Some new ready for customers, some test ride Mangos and the one I commute in.

www.ligfietsgaragegroningen.nl/
Bicycle:
Misc
bicycles
20956Photo #20956Jim McGurn adds to the bicycle tyre tracks in newly fallen snow early on Sunday morning, while riding my Sinner Mango velomobile.Bicycle:
Misc
bicycles
20871Photo #20871Cycling through the market areaBicycle:
Misc
bicycles
20870Photo #20870Beauty and the BikeBicycle:
Misc
bicycles
20869Photo #20869Beauty and the BikeBicycle:
Misc
bicycles
20650Photo #20650The 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 and the holes are filled and smoothed over immediately. It needs to be done like this. It's still -8 C half way through February.

To keep high quality road surfaces, road maintenance can't stand still for half the year.

See also #20471 for the other way that pot-holes are avoided: immaculately smooth surfaces which don't have gaps for ice to form in.
Pothole:
Good practice
potholes
20607Photo #20607The canal next to this cycle path freezes regularly, so it's a good chance for people to skate.Cycleway:
Event
cycleways
20606Photo #20606Cycle paths are also useful for joggersOther:
Misc
general
20603Photo #20603Heading 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 Groningen where I work and Assen where I live ( 30 km long ) is broad enough that a normal snow plough, actually a 4x4 with snow plow attachment, can be driven along the path, so no special vehicles are required.

Anyway, the snow plough was going at 35 km/h, and I was going faster, so I pulled out onto the road for a km or so to get past it.

It was about -4 C when this photo was taken.
Congestion:
Good practice
congestion
20543Photo #20543The 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 a set of traffic lights here, the timing is the same as if we'd been on the road. What's more, the next set apply only to drivers and we ride right on whatever colour they are.

Note also the noise barriers to reduce the impact of the sound of cars at 70 km/h on residents. It is rare in the Netherlands to find a road which could cause a noise nuisance which doesn't have such barriers. Also, the road surfaces used create less noise in the first place.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
20542Photo #20542At 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.Bicycle:
Good practice
bicycles
20488Photo #20488Parking 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 enough, and at least they keep this area free of snow and ice (it's better than the car park).
Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
20486Photo #20486Entering 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 enter the village.

Also note that there are cycle paths linking the villages together, well used by commuters, shoppers and school children - even in this weather. No local schools closed due to the snow, and some secondary school children made journeys of over 10 km each way through it.

The snow has been almost completely cleared from both the cycle path and the road, even though as you see from a slightly later part of the same video, there was rather a lot of it.

The other end of the same village can be seen in #13742

I'm riding a Sinner Mango velomobile.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
20472Photo #20472Cycle 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.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
20471Photo #20471Immaculate 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 where they do arise.
Roadworks:
Good practice
roadworks
20422Photo #20422While 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.Other:
Misc
general
20221Photo #20221Yesterday'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 ploughs through the colder period, but only to the width of the plough itself. You can see the roughly 2.5 metre width of the snow plough on this 4 metre cycle path.

The canal is still frozen solid, and will be for some time to come.

Compare with #20210 which was taken in the same spot a few days previously.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways

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