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All photos in & around Assen

Showing items 201 to 300 from total of 533 items. Ordered by photo # descending.

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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:
Good practice
general
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.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
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
Other:
Problem
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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:
Problem
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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.
Other:
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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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Problem
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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:
Problem
cycleways
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:
Good practice
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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.
Cycleway:
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cycleways
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:
Good practice
cycleways
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
Cycleway:
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cycleways
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
Obstruction:
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obstructions
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
Cycleway:
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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.
Bicycle:
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bicycles
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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signs
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
Cycleway:
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cycleways
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
Cycleway:
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cycleways
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
Bicycle:
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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
Bicycle:
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bicycles
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:
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bicycles
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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cycleways
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:
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14534Photo #14534Cyclists in GroningenBicycle:
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14533Photo #14533Cyclists in GroningenBicycle:
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14515Photo #14515An obstruction on the cycle path... actors putting on a show.

This was part of a free to enter "cycling and culture" ride organised by the local council. You can see a video of this here:

uk.youtube.com/watch
Obstruction:
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obstructions
14514Photo #14514Two of the Huneliggers ( www.huneliggers.nl/ ). A group of recumbent riders who get together on Sunday mornings.Bicycle:
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14503Photo #14503The sign reads "Take Care. Cyclists in the bus lane"

Cyclists are never expected to share space with buses in the Netherlands, but in this case the cycle path is being resurfaced so cyclists have to use the bus lane. However, buses were being kept out of it by cones, so actually the bus lane became the temporary cycle lane, much as in #13358

There is a video showing how this works here:
uk.youtube.com/watch

Also a blog post discussing it here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/fietsers-oversteken.html
Obstruction:
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14440Photo #14440The Jeugdtour is the largest youth cycling race in the world, which attracts competitors from all around the world. It is a week long event held annually in Assen. This photo is from the criterium, which is held on roads closed for the occasion. Other events are on other closed roads, on cycle paths through the woods or on the cycle racing track.

In 2009, Assen is hosting the prologue and first stage of the Vuelta.

You can see a video of racing in this location here: uk.youtube.com/watch

They may be juniors, but they're fast as you'll see from the video. From here, riders progress into professional racing.
Bicycle:
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bicycles
14439Photo #14439A vintage bicycle ride in Norg, near Assen in the Netherlands. 107 machines are lined up, on a road closed to cars for the occasion.

To see a video of this ride, look here:
uk.youtube.com/watch
Bicycle:
Good practice
bicycles
14315Photo #14315"Tegelijk groen" indicates that cyclists have their own green phase at these traffic lights and that they're allowed to travel in any direction on a green - including diagonal, which is demonstrated in the video.

Its is less obvious that cyclists generally get two greens per cycle of the lights.

After crossing the road in the video we proceed along Groningerstraat. This is a road in Assen of about the same width as Gilbert Road in Cambridge, but unlike Gilbert Road, room has been found here for car parking (one side only at a time) and a 3 metre wide unidirectional cycle path on each side of the road (the first bit is four metres wide and bidirectional as this is needed next to a school entrance).

There is more information about simultaneous greens here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/08/simultaneous-green.html

And more on Groningerstraat, including another video of the same junction, here:

hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningerstraat
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signs
14304Photo #14304Family cycling. No-one wears a helmet, the straps on the child seat of the child on the front adult bike aren't even done up. This is what happens when conditions for cycling feel, and actually are, safe.

Lots of room for riding side by side on this wide properly segregated cycle path, and we're well clear of the ring road on the left.

This family is about to make a left turn and will cross the road with four lanes in one direction and one in the other in one stage, with a generous green time, without stopping in the middle or negotiating any barriers. They will continue on a similar standard of path to their destination. We go straight on at the lights and also continue on a similar standard of path to our destination.

This photo was used to illustrate subjective safety: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/three-types-of-safety.html
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14303Photo #14303"Blij dat ik fiets" - "Happy that I cycle"

Sticker for the rear mudguard given out by Fietsersbond - the Dutch cycle campaigning organisation.

Smiling while cycling is normal here.
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14302Photo #14302More bikes parked for the fietsvierdaagseCycle parking:
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14301Photo #14301Temporary parking for the fietsvierdaagse in a field at a farm.

This is the location of one of the controls, and also a nice place for a coffee.
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14274Photo #14274People of all ages enjoying the fietsvierdaagse in Drenthe. This is a non competitive cycling event, which requires people to take four days covering routes around Assen.

The routes vary from 40 to 100 km (you choose the length that is most suitable for you).

It has very wide appeal. You will see small children through to pensioners in this photo and video. The video is taken about 10 km from the end of the ride, well out in the countryside, and shows a grandparent pushing a child while holding a balloon. They're closely following behind a mother pulling small babies in a child trailer. This is the sort of relaxed cycling by normal people which is made possible by good quality segregated cycling facilities.

The event has attracted up to 40000 people in some years and there are 60 other similar events in other cities around the Netherlands.
Bicycle:
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14263Photo #14263Dog on the bike path...Bicycle:
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14257Photo #14257Translation "Take care! Pedestrians on the cyclepath"

A very unusual sign showing that this cycle path is expected to be used by pedestrians as well. Shared use is NEVER normally used in the Netherlands. However, in this case this is next to a football ground where it is expected there will be a lot of pedestrians on match days and there isn't space to put in good walking paths next to the 3 metre wide cycle path.
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14256Photo #14256This car may look in the photo as if it's overtaking the cyclists, but it's not. There is no one in the car, which is parked. The driver has chosen to park in such a way that he blocks the road instead of the cycle lane.

Assen, Netherlands.
Obstruction:
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obstructions
14245Photo #14245Female cycle racers in Assen, Netherlands.Bicycle:
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14244Photo #14244Young cycle racers on Assen's cycle racing track.

Cycle racing is very popular in the Netherlands and a lot of people compete. Assen, like most towns, has a cycle racing circuit. It also has various road races for which roads are closed during the year.

The annual Jeugdtour (Youth Tour) is the biggest Youth cycling event in Europe. A week long stage race, and the closest thing to the Tour de France for young riders. www.jeugdtourassen.nl/

The video shows a cyclist practising taking a water bottle from someone at the side of the road. This is an essential skill for a road racer, and more difficult than it might immediately appear.

In 2009 Assen will be the start point for the Vuelta (Spanish "Tour de France").
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14243Photo #14243One of Assen's very high speed commuters riding a fully faired recumbent trike.

All types of bicycle are accommodated on Dutch cycle paths, and high speeds are possible.

You can see more velomobiles here: #14710

And read more about the speed achieved here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/speed.html
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14240Photo #14240Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14239Photo #14239Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14238Photo #14238Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14237Photo #14237Hybrid cycle lane in Groningen. Note that the kerb showing that the hybrid cycle lane is on-road.Cycleway:
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14236Photo #14236Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14235Photo #14235Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14234Photo #14234Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14233Photo #14233Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14232Photo #14232Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14231Photo #14231Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14230Photo #14230Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14229Photo #14229Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14228Photo #14228Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14227Photo #14227Hybrid cycle lane in GroningenCycleway:
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14185Photo #14185The cycle path alongside this dual carriageway has had to be removed temporarily. However, you can't inconvenience cyclists like that, so they've closed half the dual carriageway so that cyclists can use it.

This is in Assen in the Netherlands.

There is a video of this marvellously wide "cyclepath" here: www.youtube.com/watch
Obstruction:
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obstructions
13989Photo #13989There's no cycle path here, but there is a service road next to the main road, which gives cyclists wonderful traffic free conditions.Cycleway:
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13988Photo #13988Secondary school students riding home from school. They will have come from a school in Assen but probably live in Beilen, about 20 km south.

A 40 km round trip to school is not particularly unusual in the Netherlands.

This isn't a cycle path, but a service road paralleling the main road, so they still have traffic free conditions. See #13989 for a video of how this works.
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13878Photo #13878This is a secure entrance to the military barracks in Assen, Netherlands. The turnstile is for a person to pass into or out of the area, the gate on the right is for their accompanying bicycle.

It is very rare in the Netherlands to find things that don't cater for cyclists.
Destination:
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destinations
13829Photo #13829Cycle racers going very quickly on one of the many wide, smooth and direct cycle paths in Assen, Netherlands.Cycleway:
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cycleways
13816Photo #13816New bridge constructed to take a dual carriageway over a cycle path.

This huge bridge replaced a very large road junction which was in this position previously. Drivers can no longer leave the dual carriageway at this point and follow what was the direct route to the centre of the city.

The direct route has now been made into a "bicycle road" which you can see in picture #13318.

The bridge was constructed for cyclists as the alternative would be to send the cycle path through a tunnel which was be less appealing. Because this route serves cyclists coming in from the outskirts who might otherwise be tempted to drive, it was thought that the major expense of building this bridge was justified.

Cyclists now have a much more direct route than drives. They can also reach the centre of the city from the outskirts and meet no traffic lights at all on the way.

The equivalent driving route involves several sets of lights and is longer.
Cycleway:
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13815Photo #13815Rising bollard in Assen. Absolutely no conflict with cyclists due to this bollard as cyclists are on a separate cycle path.

This is not a through route for car drivers (they are allowed here for access only), but only for buses and bikes.

Another picture and a video can be seen on hembrow.eu/cycling/photos.html
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13814Photo #13814Martin and James on closest modern equivalent to a "hybrid" cycle lane. This is a segregated path with minimal separation from the road. It has separation by grade for most of its distance, becomes separated horizontally at the major junction but smoothly drops to road surface and climbs again at lesser road junctions.

This style of path would never be used in a new development, but is quite good for retrofit situations.

At this point we're leaving the road level again.
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13813Photo #13813Martin and James on closest modern equivalent to a "hybrid" cycle lane. This is a segregated path with minimal separation from the road. It has separation by grade for most of its distance, becomes separated horizontally at the major junction but smoothly drops to road surface and climbs again at lesser road junctions.

This style of path would never be used in a new development, but is quite good for retrofit situations.
Cycleway:
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13809Photo #13809Large road junction in Assen, Netherlands. This shows clearly the width of the cycle paths (4 m - wider than road lanes), that they are well spaced from the roads and the way that crossings are direct and do not stop in the middle even when crossing six lanes of road.Cycleway:
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13808Photo #13808Hands up those who have had the experience of being overtaken by a bus which then pulled in at a bus-stop.

Well designed segregated cycle paths prevent bus-stops from causing conflict between cyclists and buses. They also prevent cyclists from getting stuck in traffic jams, and generally allow swifter progress than riding on the roads.

This path is unidirectional (the other direction is on the other side of the road) and is 3 m wide.
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13802Photo #13802Quite apart from being good for accommodating bicycles, one of the other excellent things about decent cycling infrastructure is that it lends itself to other activities too.

Tonight is the first day of Assen's annual avondvierdaagse. This is the 65th time that the event has been held. The avondvierdaagse is a four day, evenings only, walking event which this year attracted 5500 of Assen's 65000 population.

Each person has signed up to walk 10 km each evening for for evenings. It's not a charity event, it's not a competitive event. There are no prizes to be won. It's just about having a good time, talking to people and having a nice wander about the city and the countryside.

Schools encourage their pupils to attend, so there are lots of children, but also there are football teams and other clubs who take part as well as individuals.

Roads are closed for this event, as they are for many events around the calender.

Most participants turned up by bike, leaving the largest collection of badly parked bicycles I've ever seen !

The fluorescent jackets on display here are being worn by one of the school groups so that they can identify each other. Other groups simply have the same colour T-shirt.

There's a video showing some of the event here: www.youtube.com/watch
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13742Photo #13742A horse being led by cyclist. Riding into the village of Loon, near Assen in the Netherlands on the wonderful smooth and wide cycle path usually used by commuters, shoppers, school run kids, skaters, cycle tourers and of course racers.

The village that this 3 metre wide cycle path leads to has just 280 residents. Having such a good quality route means that parents have no doubts about allowing their children to cycle to secondary schools in Assen, 6 km away.

Cycle facilities of this quality lend themselves to all kinds of uses including in this instance the walking of horses. Dutch horses are familiar with, and not spooked by, bicycles.

See #12365 for a dog being led by bike (this is much more common than leading a horse) or #20486 for a video showing the cycle path at the other end of this village.
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13739Photo #13739Study Tour participants on 4 metre wide cycle path in Assen, Netherlands.Cycleway:
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13736Photo #13736Study Tour participants waiting for others who are measuring a road.

Four metre wide cycle path.
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13734Photo #13734Campaigners measuring unidirectional cycle path in Assen, Netherlands.Cycleway:
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13728Photo #13728Study Tour group on 4 metre wide cycle path. Groningerstraat in Assen.Cycleway:
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13713Photo #13713At this school in Assen,. there are 850 cycle parking spaces for 725 students.

The bikes show up very well on the google maps aerial photography. Try counting them.

A very high quality cycle path leads from the school entrance to most places where students live. This can be seen in #13739
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13704Photo #13704James and Olly on four metre wide cycle path in AssenCycleway:
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13703Photo #13703Hybrid Cycle lane. Click on the photo to get a clearer indication of the nature of this provision - on-road but with a feeling of off-road provision.Cycleway:
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13608Photo #13608Brand new cycle parking stands of a type quite popular in Assen, Netherlands.

These are not the best variety as they don't also have a loop to tie to the frame. However, this is a low crime area and few people bother to lock their frames.

These are much more convenient than Sheffield stands as they prevent the front wheel from flopping and keep the bike upright leaving both sides unobstructed.

As a result, you can load up panniers on both sides of your bike before unlocking and riding off.

Because they grip a good part of the circumference of the wheel they do not work as "wheel benders".

There are a few Sheffields in the city, but they are generally left empty.
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13600Photo #13600Very old and very cheap cycle facility on a road used by few cyclists where a cycle lane becomes a cycle-path momentarily and goes behind a bus-stop.

This prevents cyclists using the cycle lane from being cut up by buses which overtake and pull-in.
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13599Photo #13599Cycle campaigners in Groningen enjoying poffertjes and beer as local cyclists go by.Other:
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13545Photo #13545On one of the routes to a school in Assen there are several road signs drawn by children. This is my favourite: "Fiets Liever" or "Prefer Bikes".

I assume the idea of this is to remind drivers that children will be on their bikes around school time. Of course, there is no need at all for any of those children to be on the road due to the high quality cycle paths providing more direct routes to more places.

The sign is not shown to scale...
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13512Photo #13512Racing cyclist on cycle path near Assen. The Dutch have considerable success in cycle racing given their small population, and this is in no small part aided by their large cycling population.

The cycle paths here support very high cycling speeds, and this chap was travelling at a very good speed on this three metre wide segregated cycle path.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:English_Tour_de_France_stage_winners
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Dutch_Tour_de_France_stage_winners
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13494Photo #13494Advertising on bicycles. These leaflets advertise an upcoming event and had been placed on most bikes in Assen today.General sign/notice:
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13493Photo #13493Fairly typical street scene showing more cycle parking in Assen. The streets have an enormous amount of space for bicycles right outside the shops, cafes etc.

Note also the blue right turn sign. This has an "except cyclists" sign underneath it. Because drivers are forced to leave in that direction wherever they came from, the road is useless as a through road for drivers, but it's quite handy by bike in both directions.
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13492Photo #13492There's an event on in Assen, so extra cycle parking has been provided and there is are yellow overflow cycle parking signs ([P] Fiets) installed on this and several other lamp-posts to point to the overflow cycle parking areas just outside of the city centre.Cycle parking:
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13478Photo #13478Trader with remaining unsold bikes leaving the vrijmarkt at the end of Koninginnedag.Bicycle:
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