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All photos in & around Assen

Showing items 201 to 300 from total of 494 items. Ordered by photo # descending.

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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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13385Photo #13385This sign stands by the main entrance of the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (Dutch Oil Company - a big chunk of Shell) building in Assen.

The sign shows the injury rate of the business.

The top number is the number of days which have passed since the last injury in the company which caused someone to have to stay off work. i.e. 7 days.

The second number is the number of accidents in the company this year which have caused someone to be off work. i.e. 12 such accidents.

Oil exploration is quite a risky business. This was taken in November, so represents most of a year's worth of accidents.

The third number is just the number of free spaces in the carpark. It's perhaps worth noting that there are also excellent cycle paths to this site.

I assume this sign exists to try to encourage a safety culture. I think it might make me think twice about bothering if it was the first thing I saw on arriving for an interview...
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13384Photo #13384Mobility scooters are also welcome on Dutch cycle pathsBicycle:
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13383Photo #13383Three generations of a family cycling together. A very common sight on Dutch cycle paths.Bicycle:
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13382Photo #13382A comprehensive network of cycle paths allows all sorts of people to cycle. In this case, a disabled person on a tricycle is being accompanied on a ride out into the countryside.

No amount of "vehicular cycling" training allows this to happen.

Assen in the Netherlands.
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13358Photo #13358This cycle path is being resurfaced so one lane of the road has been taken from drivers as a temporary cycle path while works continue.

Note that there is also a cycle path on the opposite side of the road, but cyclists are not told to cross and use that as it would be inconvenient.

It is very rare that cyclists are inconvenienced by roadworks in this country.

Groningen in the Netherlands.
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13323Photo #13323In a bike culture, everyone wants bikes. This bakfiets, surrounded by cartons of fruit juice, is a competition prize in a supermarket.

The juice is selling.

Unusual bicycles make common competition prizes in the Netherlands.
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13318Photo #13318Assen, Netherlands. What was once a perfectly good road for driving on is being converted into a "bicycle road". This involves cutting a metre wide strip from the middle of the road, leaving two single direction 2 m wide cycle paths. The gap is to be filled with a bumpy surface which is unpleasant to drive on. It will be a through road for bikes, but not for cars.

Residents will be able to drive along here to reach their houses, but they will be considered to be "guests of the bicycles". It will be illegal to park a car on this "bicycle road".

On the other side of the canal is a parallel road to this one with a 3 metre wide cycle path alongside it. This is shown in #11805
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13315Photo #13315Dutch primary school children turning up for a traffic safety test. They have ridden their bikes from schools around the city and are now given a 6 km course to follow before riding home again.

Schools often make school trips by bike. A video of a group of school children doing this can be seen here:
www.youtube.com/watch
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13313Photo #13313Racing cyclists on a cycle path in the Netherlands.

While there are occasionally criticisms of Dutch cycling facilities based on them not being suitable for cycling at speed, this is not really the case. It is generally those who have not tried it for themselves, but who extrapolate from poor experiences on cycle paths elsewhere who criticise the most.

Any achievable cycling speed is possible on these paths.

These cycle paths are a little old and are narrower (2 m) than new paths.
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13312Photo #13312The neighbour's nanny with a child on a trike with trailer. Residential roads here are used by children with all sorts of contraptions like this.

A few days previously the child sitting in the back was riding the trike and pulling his 9 month old younger brother in the trailer.

Roads here are not just for cars.
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13311Photo #13311The all important junk mail delivery in Assen, Netherlands.

This huge bicycle trailer carries vast amounts of paper and must be very heavy to pull with a bike.

Lots of delivery jobs are done with bicycles in this area.

The junk mail can be opted out of with a sticker on the letterbox as shown here: hembrow.eu/personal/rubbish.html
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13310Photo #13310Children travelling on odd devices safely... The Netherlands.

You sometimes see devices like this some way from civilization. These two are actually just outside their house.
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13309Photo #13309In the Netherlands, wheelchairs and mobility devices are also required to use cycle paths, which have to be made suitable for all these uses.Cycleway:
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13308Photo #13308"Hybrid" cycle path in Groningen. This is a low quality cycle path for the Netherlands, it is old and only still exists in quite short lengths, as you'll see by playing the associated video which shows how junctions are dealt with. Also look at the Google Maps or (better) Live Maps birds-eye image for this location. It shows that the reason this works at this location is that there is an access road behind those trees on the right. This is not a situation which exists in the UK, and these cycle paths, while they work well enough here, are not the panacea that they are being made out to be for the UK by some people.

If you want to copy what is good about the Dutch cycle path network, copy the good Dutch cycle paths, not the old ones like this which are gradually being replaced.
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13255Photo #13255Children coming home for lunch at a primary school in a village.Bicycle:
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13254Photo #13254Veilig Verkeer Nederland distribute a set of "happy families" cards to children who pass the traffic safety examination.

These are all quite witty. e.g. The top left in the "Weather or no weather" group says "With the wind on your back, you go too quickly". The bottom right in the "Where ? There !" group says "Short through the corner is long not clever" (it makes more sense in Dutch).

Note the complete lack of helmets. Helmet promotion isn't considered to be a good idea in this country. What is needed is to get the population cycling more, not to get a declining population of cyclists wearing odder and odder clothes until they give up out of embarrassment...
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13233Photo #13233Due to extensive road works, some roads in Assen can't currently be driven down. This style of temporary road sign shows which. However, despite the inconvenience to drivers, it has been ensured that cyclists can continue to use those routes, so cyclists are excepted ("Uitgezonderd fietsers").

It is very rare that cyclists are inconvenienced by road works. Generally there is a route so that they can pass through. Directness of journeys by bike is extremely important in encouraging people to cycle instead of drive.
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13215Photo #13215A temporary cycle bridge over a canal. This is constructed of concrete and steel and has a smooth 3 metre wide surface.

If this had not been installed then an important link in the cycle network would have been broken. That very rarely happens in the Netherlands.
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13199Photo #13199Segregated cycle path. Single direction, 2.5 m wide path with 0.5 m wide guard strip and a 2 m wide pavement.

Note the pinch point which keeps drivers behaviour reasonable does not adversely affect cyclists on the path and gives a useful crossing place.

This is a retrofit cycle-path, which works well in context. However, new developments get better infrastructure than this. e.g. #11830 or www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/2009/11/costings-of-improvements-for-cyclists.html
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13198Photo #13198Retro-installation of segregated cycle path.

This is a single direction cycle path, so can be just 2.5 m wide, with a 0.5 m guard strip in a different colour.

Pedestrians have their own path the other side of the trees on the left.
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13183Photo #13183Bicycles parked at the bus stop. Bus stops here always have bike parking provided. Bike + bus is quite a popular way to travel a longer distance than you might want to travel by bike alone.

The bike path here is 4 m wide and the thin (close) end of the pavement is 2 metres.

This cycle path, between the new development and the city, was built with the equivalent of "planning gain" or S106 money, so cost the council nothing.
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13159Photo #13159Tyre tracks in light snow on a popular cycle path.Cycleway:
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13155Photo #13155It's very common here in the Netherlands for bicycles or bicycle accessories to be given away in competitions for products with no connection with cycling. I guess that is what comes of having a cycling culture.

In this case you can win one of 125 cargo bikes if you find a golden biscuit in your packet. There are also 375 sets of branded panniers to win.

One of the electricity companies was recently offering a cut price bakfiets to people who change to them.

These are very attractive offers in a place where most people do their shopping by bike.
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12933Photo #12933I've used this cycle path virtually every day since we moved here.

Smooth surfaces are very important for cyclists. However, while this surface was a little rough, as you can see from the bit still remaining red tarmac, it was smoother than most UK roads and certainly had no imperfections that I'd report as a pot-hole in the UK.

However, this still fell below the standards expected of Dutch cycle paths, so we received letters about it being too rough a few days ago and now the whole thing is being replaced.

It's not merely being patched up. They've scraped off about 12 cm of tarmac leaving the concrete layer beneath and are replacing the entire length.

The width of the cycle path and the separate pavement are shown in yellow.

Other views of the old "rough" surface are shown in #11535 and #11536.
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12855Photo #12855This road is closed to motorized vehicles and so available nearly all the time for cycling. Why only "nearly" ? It's a military practice area, so come in at the wrong time and you might find yourself facing a tank...

Still, it's wonderfully smooth and lovely to ride along so provides a pleasant alternative to the also wonderfully smooth cycle path paralleling it a bit further west.
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12841Photo #12841A view of the inside of Groningen Railway Station cycle parking.

This shows a very small section of the main covered parking area.

See #12825 for a video showing more.
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12840Photo #12840Groningen streetCycleway:
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12839Photo #12839Busy street in Groningen.Other:
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12838Photo #12838Narrow road. As I stood for a few seconds, trying to find a shop I was looking for, I watched three bendy buses in a row go past cyclists rather close. Groningen seems to have rather a lot of buses.Other:
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12837Photo #12837Excellent cycle path next to the road, but I'm taking the little paths today as you'll see from the videoCycleway:
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12836Photo #12836A war memorial in the woods. I think it translates as "There is a knowledge of each other that time and distance overcomes".

The names are all Dutch, and the 8th of April is not very long before this area was freed.
Other:
Misc
general
12835Photo #12835A gas pipeline is marked by these signs. This part of the Netherlands is on top of the largest underground gas field anywhere in Western Europe.

Watch the video to see the marvellous rural bike path that this is next to.
Other:
Misc
general
12834Photo #12834A rather antiquated example of a paddestoel sign marking the start of a really nice bike path in the middle of nowhere.

It's not that there is anything wrong with the roads around here for cycling on. They're only used by the odd tractor after all. However, cyclists have more choices.
Route sign:
Good practice
routesigns
12833Photo #12833This once through road at the exit of a small village is no longer a through road for drivers. However, cyclists have been provided with a marvellous way out.

An excellent cycling signpost at the end of the tunnel gives many options for cyclists.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
12832Photo #12832Lots of directions for cyclists to travel in, but only one for motorists.Route sign:
Good practice
routesigns
12831Photo #12831Terrible rough surface for anyone driving a motor vehicle, but a fine path for cyclists.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
12830Photo #12830"Slecht Wegdek" means "bad surface". It really is a bad surface. I wouldn't want to drive a car over it.

Of course, we don't have to worry about this if we're on a bike. Watch the video to see how much better you're treated on a bike.

The idea is to make sure that small roads in the country are used only by people who really need access and are driving a tractor... and cyclists of course as they're allowed everywhere.
General sign/notice:
Good practice
signs
12829Photo #12829Slightly old fashioned, but high capacity cycle path junction. This is a single direction cycle path. There is much the same on the other side of the road. The grey surface on the right is for pedestrians.

Note that the green light for bikes lights some seconds before the green light for cars.

This single direction cycle path is about six metres wide at the junction. You need to see the volume of cycle traffic which is in the city at rush hour to understand why this is necessary:
www.youtube.com/watch
Other:
Good practice
general
12828Photo #12828Groningen Station has built some very nice cycle parking as seen in #12825 and #12826, but that hasn't stopped the requirement for yet more bikes to be parked at the station, so there are several areas that look like this.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking

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