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All photos in & around Assen

Showing items 101 to 200 from total of 494 items. Ordered by photo # descending.

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20220Photo #20220Someone returning to the suburbs from the centre of the city by bicycle.

The cycle path she is on goes through an underpass to avoid the traffic lights which drivers have to stop at. It has remained usable through all the ice and snow that we've had.

Today the snow is melted a little as yesterday's early snowfall turned to rain.

Assen in the Netherlands.
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20219Photo #20219An elderly neighbour sets off for the shops by bike. Quite normal as a quarter of all journeys by over 65s in the Netherlands are by bicycle. She, like everyone else, has continued right through the snowBicycle:
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20218Photo #20218Noordelijke Velomobieltocht 2010 near Assen. Wide cycle path in the countryside, two metres of which is cleared of snow - sufficient for two velomobiles to travel next to each other.Cycleway:
Good practice
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20215Photo #20215Northern velomobile ride near Assen in the Netherlands. Note the extremely wide cycle path completely clear of ice and snow, which was falling overnight a few hours beforehand.Cycleway:
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20214Photo #20214Northern velomobile ride near Assen in the Netherlands. Note the completely clear, ploughed and gritted cycle path despite a few cm of snow a couple of hours earlier.Cycleway:
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20213Photo #20213Another day, another snowy ride. A picture from the Northern Velomobile Ride, in Drenthe, Netherlands. Entering a village on a nice gritted minor road. Note the 30 km/h speed limit which is in most villages. 60 km/h is the speed limit for country roads.Road environment:
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20210Photo #20210Racing cyclists training in Assen in the snow next to a frozen canal. It's a good thing they can rely on getting some grip on the cycle path surface. Maybe we'll get a thaw eventually.

Compare with #20221 which was taken two days later when the temperature got above freezing and it rained.
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20167Photo #20167Snow heaped high at the DIY in Assen. At least they've kept some of the cycle parking clear.

These stands support bicycles very well, because they hold a good proportion of the front wheel. As they are of alternating heights they also allow the cycle park to be compact.

See also #20488
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20166Photo #20166A cycle and pedestrian bridge in Assen. The temperature stays stubbornly below zero and this bridge hasn't been cleared quite so well as it could have been (see other photos tagged snow for a comparison)Cycleway:
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20145Photo #20145Snow continues to fall daily, including today. However, there great majority of cycle paths are still good to ride on and there are still plenty of cyclists in the centre of Assen, even as it goes dark enough that cyclists are reduced to a mere blur.Road environment:
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20144Photo #20144The snow continues to fall daily, but most of the cycle paths remain clear here in Assen.Other:
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20139Photo #20139Cyclists on cycle paths both sides of the road. The temperature remains below freezing, a little snow was falling when I took the photo, but cycle paths are clear of snow and ice and shopping trips are still by bike. Assen, Netherlands.Road environment:
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20138Photo #20138Still cold, but the postal delivery goes ahead by bike on cycle paths clear of snow and ice. Assen, Netherlands.Cycleway:
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20137Photo #20137A group of children cycling together in Assen. Temperatures remain below zero, and the roads and cycle paths remain clear of ice and snow. Assen, Netherlands.Cycleway:
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20127Photo #20127This cycle path in the countryside a few kilometres outside of Assen in the Netherlands is much more important than the road. Therefore the cycle path is clear while the road (on the left) is completely covered in snow. Video showing the path is here:

www.youtube.com/watch

The same path in the summer is in photo #11785
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20126Photo #20126A nice ride in the middle of the Dutch countryside when the temperature is -6 C and there is 12 cm of snow. The cycle paths were of course almost completely free of snow.

More of the story plus video here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2010/01/ride-through-snowy-countryside.html
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20110Photo #20110Cycle path in recreational area cleared of snow in Assen, Netherlands.Cycleway:
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20109Photo #20109Bikes parked at a small shopping centre in winter. Assen, Netherlands.Cycle parking:
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20108Photo #20108Four metre wide cycle path completely clear of snow and ice. Assen, Netherlands.Cycleway:
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20107Photo #20107Four metre wide cycle path completely clear of ice and snow. Assen, NetherlandsCycleway:
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20106Photo #20106Cycle path clear of snow. Assen, NetherlandsCycleway:
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20094Photo #20094Cycle path on the route to a supermarket in Assen, Netherlands. Completely clear of snow, but not quite to the usual four metre width of the path.

There is a road parallel to this cycle path, but it's on the opposite side of that canal. You can see the cars on it if you look at the full size photo and zoom in. A good degree of segregation resulting in high subjective safety.
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20093Photo #20093Cycle path completely clear of snow. Assen, Netherlands.Cycleway:
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20092Photo #20092The snow plows are only two metres wide, while the cycle path is four metres wide. Some cycle paths therefore end up only half width in the middle of the winter.

Assen, Netherlands.
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20089Photo #20089Assen, 21st December 2009. Last Thursday and Friday we had 30 cm of snow. The snow continued over the weekend, and it was difficult for the gritters and snow-plows on the cycle paths to keep up. However, on Monday the cycle paths are almost all completely clear, even if as in this case a four metre wide path is down to little over 2 metres cleared.

For a view of the same cycle path without snow, see #15787

This photo is one of a set which can be seen here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2009/12/mondays-cycle-paths-mostly-snow-free.html
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19972Photo #19972Another day, another sweeper. Leaves being removed from a 4 metre wide main cycle path in AssenRoadworks:
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19971Photo #19971To me the cycle path already looked adequately empty of leaves. In the Netherlands cycle paths always do. All the time. However, here comes the leaf sweeper again just to make sure.

3 metre wide secondary cycle path behind a residential suburb in Assen.

There's another example here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2009/11/autumn-leaves.html
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19168Photo #19168On the left, a recumbent trike on the road in Assen. It's slightly more practical as a means of transport than the Segway on the right...Bicycle:
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19167Photo #19167Completely black Sinner Mango velomobile at an event in Assen.

More details here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2009/10/biomotion-tour.html
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19145Photo #19145Russell waits for Jolanda to finish racing her Sinner Mango in Groningen.

www.lfgg.nl
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19144Photo #19144Sinner Mango velomobile fitted with a racing hood on the cycle racing circuit in Groningen.

www.lfgg.nl
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19143Photo #19143Sinner Mango velomobile under construction at the ligfietsgarage in Groningen

www.lfgg.nl/
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19105Photo #19105Judy trying out an ICE Trice borrowed for a customer. Nice wide and smooth cycle path, plenty of separation from the road.

There's a video here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2009/10/judy-tries-some-trikes.html
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19104Photo #19104Another village with a 30 km/h speed limit. I've yet to find an exception, so I think all villages must now have this speed limit in the Netherlands.General sign/notice:
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19084Photo #19084Sign for a dog walking path where dogs may be allowed off their leads.

It isn't only cyclists who have segregation in the Netherlands. There are also dog walking paths like this, fishing paths, walking paths etc. Rarely does a cyclist have a problem caused by other users of the same path with different behaviour.

You can see a video of this path here: www.youtube.com/watch
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18991Photo #18991David riding in a Sinner Mango velomobile. These are one of the world's fastest practical bicycles. Aerodynamics mean that great speeds are possible with the same effort on the pedals - they also have a fully enclosed drive-chain so need very little maintenance, and keep you warm and dry in the winter. These are built in Groningen by Sinner Ligfietsen.

Various videos and other details of them in action can be seen here:

hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/sinner%20mango
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18330Photo #18330Flevotrike. The owner is replacing the normal rear wheels so that he can have drum brake hubs. These will require a bit of work but give more reliable braking, especially downhill. The new wheels are actually new Mango wheels.Bicycle:
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18329Photo #18329Challenge Hurricane recumbent. Bikes like this are considered to be quite extreme, perhaps "too low" in traffic in the UK, but not in the Netherlands. The basket on the back is used to transport a dog.Bicycle:
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17982Photo #17982A small proportion of the cycle parking in Assen during the TT. This event brings over 100000 visitors to the city, where the usual population is just 65000. A large proportion of the visitors bring their bikes with them and like the locals they use them for access to the city centre in the evening to experience the live music on mulitple stages. The result is that tens of thousands of extra bikes have to be parked.

There is space for them all. That also goes for other large events here. Cycle parking is always quite generous.

The cars that you see in the very left most part of the photo are resident's cars for people who live on the right hand side. The road is a "bicycle road" on which drivers have to give way to cyclists, and which is a through road only for cyclists.

On the Google satelite images you see a car park on the left of this view. It is no longer there and has been replaced with an area for events such as this.
Cycle parking:
Good practice
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17627Photo #17627Alongside the road at this point is a service road which provides one way access only to houses for residents with cars and a two way through route for everyone by bike.

The service road is being resurfaced and so cyclists are provided with redirection signs to show the replacement route. "Doorgaand Fietsverkeer" means "through going cycle traffic".

There is also the alternative of using the segregated cycle path on the other side of the road (behind the photographer).
Temporary closure:
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17082Photo #17082Bike with modified trailer parked outside a DIY shop in Assen, Netherlands.

The interesting thing about this trailer is that it has been converted to have three wheels. The third is the front half of a child's scooter (red). It is towed from the handlebars of the scooter, meaning that the front wheel of the trailer turns as the trailer turns.

I suspect that this modification is to make the trailer work well as a hand cart when off the bike.

There were two trailers modified in this way at the shop at the same time.

The owner had left whatever they'd bought at a previous shop, in the white box, in this trailer as they went into the shop.

There are many bicycle trailers in the area, a good percentage of which are home made or modified.
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16644Photo #16644Brand new utterly smooth cycle pathCycleway:
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16642Photo #16642Raised section of cycle path / access road by bus stopCycleway:
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16641Photo #16641Brand new utterly smooth cycle path. Several km long. Planned in 2008. Complete in 2009.Cycleway:
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16640Photo #16640Brand new utterly smooth upgraded surfaceCycleway:
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16639Photo #16639Brand new utterly smooth cycle pathCycleway:
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16638Photo #16638Brand new utterly smooth cycle pathCycleway:
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16605Photo #16605A one way road and a two way cycle path cross this opening bridge. The cycle path is as wide as the road. It needs to be. There are far more cyclists than drivers.

To see how busy this bridge is at rush hour, see this video: www.youtube.com/watch
Cycleway:
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16003Photo #16003Road works have caused the cycle path to be closed, so as it normal in Dutch practice, half the road has been taken for the exclusive use of cyclists.

This results in cyclists being able to continue their journeys unhindered, but motorists are having to take turns in using the one remaining lane in both directions.

A video is available here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2009/03/what-happens-when-cycle-path-has-been.html

Other examples of the same thing can be see in #14503 and #13358
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15898Photo #15898Sign which measures the speed of approaching vehicles and displays it. This car is travelling at 43 km/h in a 50 km/h speed limit zone. That's a little lower than average. Very few exceed 51 km/h in this location.

There is an obsolete type of cycle lane the other side of the blue car which can be seen in the accompanying video as it turns into a better quality cycle path. This is all to be upgraded this year, leaving the city free of the lower quality old provision.

Note also how cars give way in both directions at the junction.

A bit more of the same route can be seen here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/11/shopping-expedition.html
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15897Photo #15897The surface on this cycle / pedestrian bridge is being repaired. As a result, at the moment there are a few bare panels which can be slippery when wet. The sign reads "slippery bridge surface"

The cycle path over the bridge is 4 m wide, the pedestrian path 2 m wide. Cars cannot take this direct route to the city centre.
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15887Photo #15887Newly installed traffic calming on a minor road. Very simple, very cheap (i.e. could surely be done in the UK), slows down and discourages drivers and causes no problems for cyclists at the same time as making the crossing position obvious.

It's a 30 km/h speed limit road, and the cycle lanes are about 2 m wide. Note that this arrangement only can exist on a road with very low traffic like this one. You wouldn't see it with a higher speed limit or on a busy road.

The video shows a prior speed cushion, then this feature and finally a 4 metre wide cycle path which leads on from this road (at the position of the car in the photo), goes under the ring road and directly to a shopping area. The crossing of a road with the cycle path gives the cycle path priority. Cars must wait for cyclists.

The white spots on the photo are mainly snow. It may be near the end of February but it's still not convincingly above freezing here, and there are still frozen lakes and ponds.

The same shopping centre is visible in the video here, which shows the route along a cycle path at 90 degrees to this one:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/12/riding-through-peelo-in-winter.html
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15835Photo #15835It's -4 C this Saturday morning, but the fire brigade have turned up to practice rescuing people from the frozen canal.

They have parked their vehicles blocking part of the four metre cycle path, but not all of it, and they are huddled having a conversation on the pavement. As a result, cyclists can easily pass.
Obstruction:
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15787Photo #15787Newly improved (the sand remains from construction) and widened surface on cycle path through industrial estate. Last year this path looked like #11800Cycleway:
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15786Photo #15786We're not finished yet. The sign is telling about the improvements to a cycle path in this industrial estate. It has been widened to 4 metres in order that it is up to current standards.Cycleway:
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15785Photo #15785Generally cyclists ride on cycle paths segregated from the roads and not merely on cycle lanes on the road. However, in a location like this, which is in an industrial estate where there are likely to be only adult cyclists, a 2 metre wide cycle lane is adequate. Note how the cycle lane continues across the junction. The speed limit is 50 km/h / 30 mph

If this was a newer industrial estate it would probably have been designed with segregation. If there was room for it, it would be added. Another view of an industrial estate can be seen at #15786
Cycleway:
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15784Photo #15784Haren shared space. Low subjective safety for cyclists here.Cycleway:
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15783Photo #15783High subjective safety ( hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/three-types-of-safety.html ) on a four metre wide segregated cycle path next to a busy commuter road near an industrial estate.

Due to the bridge, the separation from traffic here falls short of the usual 2.5 m requirement, but it's still a lot more pleasant than cycling on the road would be.

The speed limit on the road is 60 km/h / 37 mph.
Cycleway:
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15686Photo #15686Raised cycle crossing on entrance to city. Note the speed limit changes here from 60 km/h in the countryside to 50 km/h on this road. Cyclists have more direct routes and don't use this road.Cycleway:
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15685Photo #15685Raised cycle crossing on entrance to cityCycleway:
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15684Photo #15684Close up of raised cycle crossingCycleway:
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15683Photo #15683Raised crossing at entrance to cityCycleway:
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15682Photo #15682Raised cycle crossing at the entrance to the cityOther:
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15604Photo #15604After visiting the disaster of a shared space area it's always pleasant to escape to where cyclists are important again.

It's also pleasant to add a photo of some confident and happy cyclists after having posted a few of cyclists under pressure as in #15603.

This is normal Dutch cycling provision. The sort of thing that has lead to the highest cycling rates in the world.
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15603Photo #15603Shared Space in Haren. A bunch of cyclists are uncomfortably positioned between cars. The sort of thing that leads to lower feeling of comfort of roads and lower cycling rates.

Note how similar "Shared Space" looks to a typical British town centre with a very low rate of cycling.

To see the kind of conditions where cyclists feel happier, look no further than #15604
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15601Photo #15601Shared Space in Haren: Cyclist being overtaken much too close by car, despite there being light traffic today because it's a Sunday and the shops are all shut.Other:
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15600Photo #15600Shared Space in Haren. The red car should have given way to the cyclists from the right. The principle of giving way to the right being one of the things that is supposed to slow traffic down. However, this driver was going at some speed and did not give way. Another example of how it is cyclists and pedestrians who lose out in Shared Space areas.Other:
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15599Photo #15599Shared Space in Haren. Beautiful church, but it's obscurred by a constant stream of motor vehicles. Shared Space gives drivers more rights than they might otherwise have in a town centre, and results in places which are dominated by motor traffic.Other:
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15598Photo #15598Shared Space in Haren. It's a quiet Sunday (no shops open on Sundays), but still the cyclist is about to be overtaken too close by the dark coloured car.Other:
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15596Photo #15596Shared Space in Haren.

Architectural features of shared space look nice, but can cause hazards for cyclists. In this case there is a ridge between the drain and the dark (slippery) surface and another ridge between the dark surface and the tiles. Both can cause crashed, especially in icy conditions.

Inevitably a car in the photo as even though this is taken on a quiet Sunday (shops are all shut on Sundays), there are a lot of cars passing through here.
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15595Photo #15595Shared Space in Haren. It is very rare to see cyclists on the pavement in the Netherlands except in shared space areas. Here's a second cyclist within a few seconds cycling on the pavement.

Even though it's Sunday and there are relatively few cars around, you have a much greater chance of being cut up by a driver here than elsewhere.
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15594Photo #15594Tulip bike racks. These are a very popular style of bike rack which properly support the front wheel of the bicycle, making loading easy, while also being compact and providing for additional locking of the frame.Cycle parking:
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15593Photo #15593Shared Space in Haren causes a loss of confidence amongst cyclists and pedestrians. Even on a Sunday when there is little traffic, this cyclist would rather ride on the pavement than on the road.Cycleway:
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15540Photo #15540It's -7 C this morning in Assen. However, cycling carries on as usual. There are three cyclists in this photo of a bicycle road, which as ever is free of ice and safe to use.Bicycle:
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15539Photo #15539Not quite perfect. There is a small patch of ice on the right here, about 50 cm wide on the four metre cycle path, which must have been missed by the gritter from this side when it turned around at the pole.

It's -4 C, the canal is frozen, and apart from this bit, the ice is all cleared from the cycle path.
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15538Photo #15538Left most is a frozen canal. Then we have a cycle path completely clear of ice, as ever, then icy grass and the drain that the children are breaking ice in. It's -4 C today. Everyone is out and about as usual.Cycleway:
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15537Photo #15537It's -4 C this morning, but everyone's still cycling. While the canal is solid, the cycle paths have no ice on them whatsoever as they have all been salted.Cycleway:
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15536Photo #15536Assen at night at -2 C. Plenty of ice on the grass and the canal is completely frozen over, but the well lit cycle paths are completely free of ice as they always are right through the winter.

More photos and a video of riding in these conditions can be found here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/12/cycling-in-assen-on-cold-winter-night.html
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15532Photo #15532Let's have children playing hopscotch on the road. To enable this, make hopscotch shapes out of bricks permanently built into the road.

Photo from a housing estate in Assen in the Netherlands. The area is a woonerf, so by law cars are not allowed to exceed walking pace and must give way to pedestrians and cyclists. It was built in this way in the 1970s. I think it's about time that Britain caught up.

Another photo of another hopscotch game in another part of the same estate is shown together with a video of the area in this blog post:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/12/what-are-roads-for-part-two.html

It doesn't even slightly resemble the much newer housing estate here: #12336
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15471Photo #15471Lifting bridge for cyclists over the canal in the snow. This cyclist is riding one handed and holding an umbrella to keep the snow out of his face.

The cycle paths have all been gritted, so it's quite safe to do this.

More Assen cyclists in the snow here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/12/bit-of-snow.html
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15470Photo #15470The cyclist on the left is confident enough that the road will be free of ice that he's cycling with no hands.

Even though it's a minor road, it's completely clear or ice and snow. The roads and cycle paths are gritted daily through the winter.

More photos of cycling in Assen here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/12/bit-of-snow.html

More details of the gritting here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/11/gritting.html

This road is only a through road for cyclists. Except for access, cars are behind the concrete noice barrier on the left.
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15469Photo #15469Primary school children cycling back to school after lunch - stopped for a bit of fun in the snow.

Note the completely snow and ice free roads even here in a residential area. ALL the roads and cycle paths are gritted and salted in Assen.

More photos here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/12/bit-of-snow.html
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15464Photo #15464Close up of Pjotr's self made wooden recumbent.

By taking off the wing nuts above and below the main frame this bike can be separated into two parts, and so carried on the train for free at any time.

See #15463 for the whole bike
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15463Photo #15463Pjotr brought along his self made wooden recumbent today. See close up photo at #15464Bicycle:
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15338Photo #15338Traffic Jam on bicycle road due to too many cyclists using this 5 metre wide facility at the same time. How can there be enough to fill such a space ? Sinterklaas is arriving in the city:

hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/11/sinterklaasintocht.html
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15337Photo #15337Christmas trees banned until the 6th of December. Let Sinterklaas have some space first before the imported tradition:

hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/11/sinterklaasintocht.html
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15314Photo #15314Cycle parking inside Ikea in GroningenCycle parking:
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15313Photo #15313Cyclist overtaken as he pulled out to get past a car parked on the road.

The result of "Shared Space".
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15304Photo #15304It's just dark, and of course there are still plenty of cyclists on the streets of Assen, not that any of this lot have bothered with lights.

The point being that there is such a level of safety that people often don't bother with lights, yet the injury rate for cyclists is extremely low.

Here we see an adult overtake two children on a unidirectional cycle path on Groningerstraat - a road which is the same width as Gilbert Road in Cambridge.

For more information about cycling after dark in the Netherlands, see: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/11/night-riding.html

For more about this road vs. Gilbert Road, see: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/08/but-our-streets-are-narrow.html
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15245Photo #15245One of several road closures for the Assen triathlon.Other:
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14966Photo #14966Cycle commuters going along the bicycle road in Assen on a wet morning...

The bicycle road has priority for bikes. It is not allowed to park a car on the road and it does not provide a through route for cars.

Cars (apart from those of residents) are on the other side of the canal, where there is also a good quality properly segregated cycle path of 3 m width.

There's a video of the bicycle road in use here:

nl.youtube.com/watch

Also video and a description of a junction on the bicycle road here:

hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/rush-hour.html
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14965Photo #14965Riding into the fog on the morning of a bike race in Groningen. More on the event here:

hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/racing-again.html
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14964Photo #14964Home made all carbon fibre low racer recumbent (for people with very narrow bodies) resting before the exertion of a race on the cycle racing track in Groningen. This machine weighs just 9 kg.

The video gives an impression of the race speeds, but for more coverage, including video footage of the event taken from the fastest bike, see here:

hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/racing-again.html
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14963Photo #14963Heading back home on the cycle path after racing in Groningen. Note brand new wide, smooth unidirectional cycle path (it's to be the same on the other side of the road), several km of which have been completed along here since we came here on the Study Tour earlier this year. The path has bidirectional use at the moment due to the other side having not been completed yet.

We rode home rather slowly compared to racing speed, even by my standards let alone the other two, rather faster cyclists, but still made reasonably good time on the 30 km back to Assen. Just like on the way out, there was no reason to stop at all. This directness being one of the reasons why cycling in the Netherlands is so fast and efficient.

The road has being blocked very near here except for use by public transport or of course cyclists on the cycle path. Drivers therefore have to take a detour to get anywhere. Yet another reason why cyclists have an advantage over drivers, due to deliberate policies to make cycling more attractive.

More about the racing event, including video footage taken from the leading bike in the race, here:

hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/racing-again.html

A post which shows how the cycle path here used to look, and what is being done is here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/fietsers-oversteken.html
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14746Photo #14746Dad's just dropped his child off at school using a "Vaderfiets" - Father Bike. This is factory fitted with an extra saddle on the top tube to carry children.

Note the rare use of low quality "Sheffield Rack" style parking in the background, and that the bikes parked here just a few minutes ago are already falling over. Most bicycle parking here is much better in design than the Sheffield Rack, and actually supports the bike.
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14710Photo #14710I've now been out a few times with the local Sunday morning recumbent riders group, the Huneliggers. This photo shows the bikes outside the cafe where the ride starts, ready to set off on Sunday morning.

Many of people ride these velomobiles, which are extremely fast and in the case of the Quest, the enclosed wheels have very limited lock meaning a turning radius no tighter than 11 metres. Despite this, they fit on all the cycle paths here, even those in the countryside.

There are no barriers on the paths to impede progress either.

The owners of these machines generally have long commutes and use them for those commutes.

Some of them commute very quickly:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/speed.html
Bicycle:
Good practice
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14644Photo #14644Possible solution for Gilbert Road in Cambridge.

We liked this very much. It had a feel of an on-road path but had clear segregation.
Cycleway:
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14620Photo #14620Entering the village of Noordwolde on a minor road. This is where I cycled to in order to take part in an international basket-making event. The (permanent) sign reads "Welcome to the basket-making village of the Netherlands, Noordwolde".

There is a wonderful basket museum here.

30 km/h speed limit in the village, of course.
General sign/notice:
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signs
14619Photo #14619Cycle path leaving the village of Oosterstreek.

This is the end of the 30 km/h speed limit (18 mph) normal for villages and the start of the 60 km/h limit between villages (35 mph).

In both the 30 and 60 km/h speed limit zones there is a segregated cycle path of good quality.

Note that the 60 km/h zomne sign is also special. it has a green border instead of red, indicating that this is a country road where drivers will find tractors etc. going slowly and where care must be taken.
General sign/notice:
Good practice
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14534Photo #14534Cyclists in GroningenBicycle:
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