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All photos in & around Assen

Showing items 301 to 400 from total of 494 items. Ordered by photo # descending.

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12827Photo #12827Despite a brave attempt, as shown in #12825 and #12826, to provide a lot of really attractive cycle parking at Groningen station, they've still had to provide some extra less pretty parking around the corner

Since this photo was taken, cycle parking at the station has been expanded several times. More details here: hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/groningen_ns
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12826Photo #12826Groningen railway station as it looks now. In contrast with older photos (e.g. #9747), the cycle parking is now hidden from view. Watch the video to get an idea of what this space looks like.

In this video I am walking over the roof of the cycle parking. See #12825 to see the inside.
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12825Photo #12825Groningen Railway station parking. Unlike in the photos from 10 years ago ( #9747 ), this now has the bikes undercover and has architectural features on the roof. Watch the video to see some of the bike parking. No bike is shown twice in the video and I don't get around all of the parking. See #12826 to see the roof of the bike parking.

There is an internal still at #12841

Note that despite installing this amount of parking there are of course still not enough spaces, so other parking exists very close by: #12827, #12828

There is also a youtube video of this cycle parking: www.youtube.com/watch
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12790Photo #12790Cycle path as seen in #12789 showing the route over the road next to the bridge.

It's still under construction, but we've got proper lights now so that cyclists can see where they are going.
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12789Photo #12789I have now solved the mystery of why this path is narrower than the usual 4 metres and why it had its width written on it. The path was resurfaced a few days after this photo was taken. The width was written on to make sure the contractor didn't make it wider as this would have meant it crept onto private property.

Occasionally the council has to be pragmatic and can't keep to the normal 4 metre width for cycle paths.

To see this in use see #12790
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12782Photo #12782Cycle parking at the restaurant right next to the entrance. Also note the yellow box of tools available for use by cyclists which you can see a closer image of in #12781.

The blue bike at the right in the parking is an OV-Fiets. OV stands for "Openbaar Vervoer" ("Public Transport"). You can take a low cost annual subscription to be able to pick these bikes up from any railway station.
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12781Photo #12781Rijwiel Hulpkist. A chest of tools for cyclists on the outside of a restaurant. Lots of restaurants take part in this scheme of providing free tools to cyclists. You have to ask for a key inside the restaurant. The ANWB are the equivalent of the AA in the Netherlands.

The restaurant also provides cycle parking: #12782

See also the inner tube vending machine at #12267

I also photographed another hulpkist at the other end of the country: #10390
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12780Photo #12780Knooppuntnetwerk route signage in Friesland. It's a join-the-numbered-dots system of maps as shown spaced a few hundred metres apart in all directions across the province. This is claimed to have paid for itself almost as soon as it was installed in improving the number of tourist cyclists using the area, and thus spending money in local shops/hotels etc.Route sign:
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12779Photo #12779Seat provided as part of an initiative to encourage recreational cycle journeys to such locations as the woods near Assen in Drenthe that this is next to. There's a splendid bike path all the way here.Other:
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12729Photo #12729"Glass" barriers on this bridge serve to keep traffic noise from the residents of house boats, stop cyclists falling into the water from the bike path and they look nice.Other:
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12602Photo #12602Canal path in Assen. Watch the video to see an example of the sort of bike path which runs through housing estates from this path. In this example, it's a 1970s estate.Cycleway:
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12599Photo #12599The sign for drivers says "Assen 16 / Groningen 14 / Zuidlaren 9". The bike route sign says "Assen 15 / Groningen 12 / Zuidlaren 8". It is almost always the case that cycle routes are more direct than driving routes.Route sign:
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12598Photo #12598A Dutch junction quite similar to Cambridge's A10 / A14 junction at Milton.

However, here cyclists are definitely not on the road and this is used even by school children (a lot of them).

Watch the video to see how it works. We start on a single direction 2.5 m wide path on one side of the road (there's an identical one the other side) and progress onto a 4 metre wide bidirectional path. Note that we can keep up a good pace all the time, have priority over minor side roads, get priority at a set of traffic lights which default to green for bikes while simultaneously stopping the cars, and get right past the industrial estate without seeing any cars at all. At the end there are road works (since completed) and a cycle detour is set up.
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12597Photo #12597Groningen Airport Eelde - this airport is between Groningen and Assen and serves both cities. Surprisingly, there isn't a bike path right outside the terminal, but watch the video to see how short a distance it is to the cycle path. The path shown is continuous all the way to the centre of Assen approximately 16 km away.Other:
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12591Photo #12591With the addition of a front rack and a basket made to fit, my Xtracycle can now really move big loads !

For an Xtracycle review, and even a video of the basket being made if you look around a bit, go here:

hembrow.eu/personal/xtracycle.html
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12554Photo #12554Has anyone ever told you that cycle routes are indirect ?

These two signposts are about 10 metres apart. The blue ones show distances for cars, the red for bicycles on the bike paths.

Mostly the show the same distances to different places, except that Hoogeveen is 1 km further if you drive than if you cycle.

I saw this sign part way through a cycle this afternoon to a destination which Google Maps said was 38 km away by car. It was 37 km by bike on the bike paths along wonderful paths the entire way.

Compare with #8981
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12527Photo #12527The sign says "Countryside Area". 60 km/h is about 35 mph on this rural road. That's the highest speed limit I've known on a road which I've shared with drivers in the Netherlands, and you only share such a road where traffic volumes are very low.

For drivers this is a dead end road which goes to a nature reserve. However, cyclists have various bike paths that lead from it.

The sign shows what drivers might come across in the countryside. Tracttors, people, frogs (endangered here).
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12521Photo #12521Railway platform style bus stop arranged conveniently near the bike path. If you play the video you'll see the cycle parking provided for the bus stop.

"Cycle and ride" is quite a popular way of commuting. You'll see that even on this cold Sunday afternoon (note that no shops are open on Sunday, so less need than in the UK to travel) there are bikes in the parking here. Also note how nice this bike path is in the middle of nowhere... The width of the path vs. the main road is evident from the aerial photography.

I took the photo on a 25 km ride between towns entirely on excellent cycle path. You can see a video of this ride split into two parts here:

www.youtube.com/watch
www.youtube.com/watch
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12498Photo #12498The sun's shining, it's a lovely day and here I am cycling flat out on a proper segregated bike path which goes for another 4 km before I have to worry about a road junction.

I'm here, the cars are over there. Just try crashing into me, skimming past etc. I dare you !

Watch the video to see what happens when I meet a major road that is as yet 4 km into the distance.
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12497Photo #12497Cyclist are on this side of the canal, the main road is on the other side of the canal. This road is actually shared as an access road for a few houses and for tractors to get to fields. Watch the video to see how you can get all the way from Assen to Oosterwolde 25 km away by using this path:

www.youtube.com/watch
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12494Photo #12494This road turns into a cycle path, goes over a bridge which crosses a cycle underpass and then crosses a road.

This allows cyclists to take a much more direct route than drives travelling in the same direction.

Play the video to see how this all works.

It may look as if I go through a red light. I don't. The red is for pedestrians, and no pedestrian has pressed a button. The bike light has a sensor and turns green for myself and the bike going the other way.

The glass barrier at the left hand side of the picture has been erected to reduce noise from the 70 km/h speed limit road behind it. The residential roads joined by the bike path have a 30 km/h speed limit.
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12493Photo #12493The sign says "Bridge Open - Motor Off". A request for drivers not to pollute the air when a boat is entering or leaving the lock and the bridge is open for it.

These signs are quite normal on the many lifting bridges in the Netherlands.
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12492Photo #12492Dangerous railings in a Dutch town. This is Oosterwolde in Friesland, an example of the "shared space" ideas of Hans Monderman.

There are plenty of signs, railings like I've seen nowhere else over here, and more cars than usual for the Netherlands.

I guess that when you make somewhere as car friendly as this is you inevitably get illegal parking and that's the reason for the railings.

See also #12491 for another photo (+ video) of Oosterwolde or #12344 for a more usual Dutch town centre - with a lot of bikes in it.
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12491Photo #12491Unusually for the Netherlands, an urban landscape which is dominated by cars. There is comparatively little cycle parking, presumably because there is little need for it.

This is Oosterwolde in Friesland and an example of the "Shared Space" ideas of Hans Monderman.

Watch the video to see traffic on an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon. One car overtook me a little too close, the other overtook someone cycling on the other side of the road much too close. Both were travelling in excess of the speed limit.

This scheme may have worked initially due to novelty, but it seems to be heading for car dominance in the centre of this town. Luckily this has only been done on a few streets.

See also #12492 for another photo of Oosterwolde or #12344 for a more usual Dutch town centre - with a lot of bikes in it.
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12377Photo #12377The Tegelijk Groen sign tells you that all the green cycle lights will go green at once and you can cross in any direction (even diagonally).

If you watch the video you'll see how this leads directly to a newly upgraded road. Note how the side road is treated, with plenty of space but cyclists having priority.

Note that the layout on the ground now differs a great deal from Google's aerial photography which shows a much more old fashioned arrangement giving more space to cars and less to bikes.

This video leads to the photo of bike parking shown in #12376

There is more information about simultaneous greens here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/08/simultaneous-green.html
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12376Photo #12376Another example of a company providing branded customer cycle parking outside their premises.

In this case it's a central heating company.

Like many of the other photos, this location now looks completely different to the google aerial photography. The cycle path is much improved.

A video which leads to the point is visible at #12377
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12375Photo #12375Yet another shop with branded cycle parking outside.

Retailers here in Assen seem to like cyclists.

The car parking shown on Google's aerial photography doesn't exist any more.
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12370Photo #12370Marvellous recreational path through a forest. This was wonderfully smooth and quite up to speeds of over 30 km/h.

It's also possible to proceed slowly, of course, and picnic benches are provided at regular intervals to allow for a gezellig day out.
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12369Photo #12369A less good than average treatment of a tunnel under a motorway, but still creditable as allowing cyclists to continue at a good pace without giving way to anything at all.

The video continues to cross the bridge shown from the other side in #12270
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12368Photo #12368A now rare Fietsers Oversteken sign. These old-fashioned signs sometimes appear on relatively little used roads to tell cyclists to use the cycle path on the other side of the road. It's not a huge penalty as the bike paths are perfectly good for any cycling speed - this one included as you'll see from the video.

This is a pretty old cycle path. More modern provision than this tends to be on both sides of the road as shown in #12272
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12367Photo #12367Fantastic cycle path through heath. This is what makes cycling such a pleasure in the Netherlands. A very smooth tarmac recreational path with absolutely nothing nearby. I rode along here the whole time in excess of 30 km/h without having to worry at all about traffic.

Mind you, I did have to dismount for the obstruction in photo #12364 :-)

Photo taken on a not so cool (5 C) 27th of December, on a 40 km afternoon ride.
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12366Photo #12366Kamp Westerbork. After being caught in Amsterdam, Anne Frank was moved here for her last few days in the Netherlands before being put on an East-bound train.

You can read more about Kamp Westerbork here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerbork

It is an very moving location and I recommend a visit.

Like everywhere else, this very moving location is accessible by a high quality cycle path. The photo of the visitor centre is taken from within the cycle parking area near the main entrance.
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12365Photo #12365Most things to do with bikes are legal in the Netherlands, including cycling with Fido on the bike path. Why should dogs miss out on the fun ?

Cycling with two dogs at the same time is considered to be a bit more than the average person can control, so is not legal.

See #13742 for a horse being led by bike.
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12364Photo #1236427th December 2007. It being a bit warmer (5 C) today I decided to go for a ride of around 40 km in the afternoon. This meant riding on a lot of really beautiful paths in the middle of nowhere.

I dismounted for the rather large and immobile Highland Cattle on the bike path and took a detour through the grass...

See #12367 for the wonderful path that leads to this obstruction...
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12362Photo #12362A FietsNED van ( see www.fietsned.nl ).

This is a nationwide franchise business which will come and rescue you should your bike break down. The slogan ? "Fiets kapot? Bel onze servicelijn" ("Bike broken ? Call our service line").

This isn't the only such service, like most things, there is some healthy competition here with other companies.
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12361Photo #1236130 km/h access roads for housing often run parallel with the road. Even when they're one way, they allow cycling in both directions.

They also join up with cycl epaths to allow direct access by bike to places where you have an indirect route by car. Play the video to see a part of the cyclepath that this one heads into. Note that there is an identical path on the other side of the road. Also note how the car gives way to me cycling past at the junction. This is normal.

There are many other cycle paths in different directions through the woods that this one passes through.
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12360Photo #12360Bikes parked near the Albert Heijn supermarket in Assen, including a rare MTB, but also more normal bikes.

Watch the video to see some more of the bikes parked not just here but also inside the covered shopping area.

There were plenty of other bikes parked in the opposite direction as well, but like everyone else I had to get into the supermarket for my Christmas shopping (it's a chilly December 24th).
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12359Photo #12359One of many bikes parked inside the covered shopping centre. This one has a particularly stylish way of transporting a youngster voorop (on the front).

See also #12360 for another view of the same place.
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12358Photo #12358Junction on four metre wide cycle paths in Assen just around the corner from the rubbish bin shown in #12353

As ever, they're wide, smooth, well sign-posted, kept clear of ice and leaves, actually go somewhere useful etc. etc.
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12355Photo #12355Wide cycle path next to the road that the car came from. This path has priority over all the side-roads, so the car driver waited for us, as he should.

It's -5 C in Assen today, hence the warm clothing ! Note that the cycle path has been gritted and is clear of ice.
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12354Photo #12354Approaching a cycle path at -5 C on the 22nd of December. Note how the path and the minor road leading to it are clear of ice.Cycleway:
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12353Photo #12353A rubbish bin for cyclists on the move. This is on a cycle-path near a school in Assen. Making throwing rubbish into a bin into a "fun" thing to do probably helps to avoid litter.

The bin is called a "blikvanger". This usually means "eye-catcher", but the word "blik" also refers to a drinks can, so it's a play on words.

See #12358 for another view of the junction this was taken from.

The cycle path is four metres wide.
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12352Photo #12352Reindeer in a kinderboerderij in Assen on the 22nd of December at a temperature of -5 C.Destination:
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12351Photo #12351A very urban bike path going around the back of some busy streets, and what a pleasure it is to use it, despite the temperature being -5 C.

Assen in the Netherlands, 22nd of December.
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12350Photo #1235022nd of December. It's -5 C, but no-one's enthusiasm for cycling is damped too much by this. It's the last Saturday before Christmas.

The racks in the city are all full, there are bikes parked everywhere other than the racks too and the yellow sign in the top left corner is a temporary overflow extra cycle parking sign telling people that extra racks are installed elsewhere.

Assen in the Netherlands.
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12349Photo #12349The routes taken daily by the four different special cycle path gritting trucks which operate in Assen. They cover 207 km of cycle path each day, keeping the whole clear of icy patchs and safe to use through the winter.

This information was printed in the local paper so that everyone knows what they're up to.

It's -6 C today (22nd December). Plenty of bikes around.
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12348Photo #12348Another missive from the Assen local government printed in the paper.

This is all about de-icing the roads and cycle paths.

The title "Assen government in action against slipperiness"

A few salient points. 340 km of road and 207 km of cyclepath within Assen are to be gritted. There are 6 gritting vehicles for the roads and 4 specifically for the cyclepaths. You can collect your own supply of free salt for de-icing any patches you think need it (we've already got ours).

It's -6 C today (the 22nd of December), and there's no sign of people having given up cycling for th winter. I've still yet to hit any real ice on my bike and I'll be out on it again today.
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12347Photo #12347Photo taken on the 21st of December at a temperature of -4 C. This is no reason not to go to collect your shopping on a bike with two young children aboard (you can see the older child achterop - on the back, play the video to see the second child voorop - on the front). The bike had just pulled away from the bike parking at the small supermarket to the left of shot.

The tallest building in Pittelo to the left is an old people's home. It is located right next to the primary school and convenient for the shop.
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12346Photo #12346Peelo is an estate built in the 1970s in Assen. It's crossed by many by excellent cycle paths which take a direct route and to which motor traffic gives way.

This video nearly reaches the same spot in the oppostie direction as the video at #11619

Photo and video taken on the 21st of December in a temperature of -4 C
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12345Photo #12345It's the 21st of December, before mid-day on a work-day and -4 C. Assen in the winter. Plenty of bikes around.

The white between the tiles is salt. All the paths are well salted and it's quite safe to cycle.
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12344Photo #12344It's the 21st of December, -4 C, about half past mid-day on a working day. The bike racks are more than full as usual.

Watch the video to get an idea of how many cyclists you see here, even on cold days. The paths have, of course, all been gritted/salted and are safe to ride on.

If the video won't play here, try this:
www.youtube.com/watch
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12343Photo #12343Little signs that say "uitgezonderd" with a picture of a bike and a bromfiets (an especially gutless class of low power motorbike) mean that these vehicles are excepted from whatever regulation is otherwise enforced by the sign.

There are hundreds of these signs around here. I'm not sure there is any one way road without an exception.

These three are all within a few metres and just along the road from the two in #12342

It's an example of how segregation of modes is achieved without cycle paths:
hembrow.blogspot.com/search/label/segregationwithoutcyclepaths
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12342Photo #12342Two "Except Cyclists" signs in one photo.

I've yet to find a one-way street here which doesn't except cyclists.

See also #12343 which shows three more within a few metres of this location.
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12341Photo #12341It's the 20th of December, just after 8 am. It's been below freezing for several days.

Cycle commuters on a canal path in Assen.

Also see #12339
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12339Photo #12339It's the 20th of December, just after 8 am. It's been below freezing for several days now, but here are a mother and child on the way to school on a cycle path by the canal in Assen.

See also #12341
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12307Photo #12307Xtracycle Free-Radical taking yet another load of baskets to the post office...

You can read a review of the bike after 5 year's use (including a video) here: hembrow.eu/personal/xtracycle.html
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12305Photo #12305Bike parked at a bus-stop in Assen.

It's not at all unusual to see bikes parked all day at bus-stops, but it is increasingly unusual to see bus-stops which don't have proper bike parking.

Note how passengers waiting for the bus do not get in the way of either pedestrians on the pavement to the right nor cyclists on our red tracks. The road is to the left of the bus-stop.

The pedestrian access to the stop isn't obvious from the photo. We've just passed the path that forms this access route.

A more modern bus stop complete with covered cycle parking is shown at picture number #11776
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12304Photo #12304Different ways to travel at this junction.

This is a large roundabout with wide cycle paths around it. The priority at these junctions is for the drivers, but you never have to wait long as the roundabout itself is designed for low speeds. Turning right is always delay free.
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12303Photo #12303Another cycle path as wide as a minor road and to which the roads give way. What you can't see from this shot (but can see from Google's aerial photography) is that following this path gives you a more direct route than the road through an upcoming underpass which also avoids waiting at traffic lights.

Also, note that the surface is smoother than the minor roads.
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12302Photo #12302A cycle path which provides an alternative for a short distance to that shown in #11713 and goes into a residential area.

Because this is merely a link path, it is narrower than usual at just 3.5 m.
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12301Photo #12301New bike path over a new bridge.

The bike path is as wide as one lane of the road.

Other views of the bridge can be seen in #12105 and #12106

The video shows how this new path joins with that shown in #11713 and #12302

The bike paths in thie video are all four metres wide.
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12300Photo #12300Temporary bike parking stands which previously were deployed in a totally routine manner on a local building site so that workers could use them and now awaiting collection.Cycle parking:
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12299Photo #12299Bike parking on the other side of Assen railway station.

There is a lot of bike parking here, just as there is everywhere else around the city.

Also see #12021 for a view of the parking at the front side of the station.
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12296Photo #12296Excellent signs are placed all over the Dutch national cycle path networkRoute sign:
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12272Photo #12272Post card from the local government advertising what is being done on newly upgraded rural cyclepaths - which are branded fietsroute+.

The points in the green dots:

o Clearly signposted
o Easy and safe crossings
o Minimum of 2.5 m width (this is the width of the path on each side of the road, each of which is for a single direction)
o Socially safe shelters en route
o A direct route from A to B
o Surface of concrete or asphalt with no or little roughness.

On the back it reads "Cycling in Drenthe gets still more enjoyable and safer. Several cycle paths in our province are being upgraded to a Fietsroute+. Assen to Vries is the first" (see #11773 where some photos of several kilometres of this route are shown).

"As well as the cycle path, the bus stops along the route are being improved. There is more room for parking bikes and later this year new shelters." (there is a photo of a bus stop en-route here: #11776).

Provincie Drenthe, Drenthe local government and the regional Groningen-Assen sit together for a cycling network of high quality. In the regional area of Groningen-Assen, 15 routes are to be improved to Fietsroute+ level".
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12271Photo #12271Excellent wide and smooth segregated cycle path following on from #12270.Cycleway:
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12270Photo #12270Bridge built over a ditch so that cyclists can continue to be segregated from motor traffic on this narrow section of road.

Note that drivers at one point along here have to give way to oncoming vehicles. Cyclists avoid the problem of having the slow down by using this bridge, so progress is faster by bike.

The bend at the end isn't quite so sharp as it looks in the photo.

A view of the path just before this point is shown in #12269. A view of the path following this point is shown in #12271.

There are countless bridges like this in the area and it's perhaps worth nothing that every single one has a non-slip surface so that it is safe to use when wet.

A view of crossing this bridge at speed from the opposite direction is shown in #12369.
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12269Photo #12269An example of how segregation allows motorists to be controlled without adversely affecting cyclists.

At this location the road narrows and bends and it is necessary to give one direction of travel on the road a higher priority than the other. It could be a dangerous place for cycling - except that cyclists are kept well clear of drivers.

In this instance, a long and wide bridge over the ditch has been built to allow cyclists to keep away. This is shown in #12270
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12268Photo #12268The entirely rural 30 km/h around the village of Deurze. This zone is about 1.5 km long on mostly empty rural roads with just a few houses. The other end of the 30 km/h zone shown in #12136

"Let op, rechts heeft voorrang" is to tell people travelling along here to give way to traffic emerging from the right. Unless there are road markings to indicate otherwise you always give way to traffic from the right in the Netherlands, even if it's emerging from a minor road.
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12267Photo #12267Bicycle inner-tube vending machine.

The sign reads "Never more without... Continental cycle inner tubes". Also someone had written on Euro-5.50 (the price of an innertube).

It's not particularly unusual to see boxes attached to buildings to serve cyclists. See the "Rijwiel Hulpkist" #12781.

Assen, Netherlands.
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12138Photo #12138Memorial to the crew of Lancaster Mk III JB 154 which crashed at this site near Assen in the Netherlands on the 20th of October 1943 at 22:45 when returning from Leipzig.

The grey path is a smooth cycle path to the memorial. You can also drive here, but along the rough road surface this side of the path.
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12137Photo #12137A relatively narrow, recreational cycle path in the Netherlands. However, it's still wide enough for two bikes to be side by side, it's surfaced with smooth tarmac, it's been gritted because it's cold, cleared of leaves and has signposts.

Cars have a parallel mud track.
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12136Photo #12136This sort of minor road in a village will have a 30 km/h speed limit in the Netherlands.

In this case, 1.5 km of road past just a few houses has this speed limit. The other end of the zone is shown in #12268
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12135Photo #12135Minor road alongside the main road. I have no idea why anyone would prefer to ride on main-roads with lots of traffic when there is an alternative like this which has virtually no traffic on it except the cars belonging to the people in the few houses on the road and the odd tractor. It's marvellously smooth too.

Note also that this has been gritted (true to the word of the council in #12123).

Watch the video to see what it's like to ride on this road.
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12134Photo #12134A couple of days ago back in photo #12123 I added a photo of an article in the local newspaper where the council was promising to grit the paths once winter arrived. This Sunday morning I went for a ride of about 50 km and found virtually every cycle path I came to had been gritted, this one in the middle of a bit of forest included.

It's also clear of leaves, lovely and smooth and about 3 m wide.
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12123Photo #12123The council here in Assen publishes a couple of pages in the local paper each week about things that are going on. Today (15th November) this article was included:

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Gritting - Why bollards are removed in winter

Winter is on the way. While it has not yet frozen or snowed, the city is preparing for this.

The city has more to do this year than previous years. So that paths remain passable the city has had to produce a new gritting plan. Planners are set on making it as safe as possible.

This month the bollards on some cyclepaths are being removed. This is so that the gritting lorries can access the paths and grit them.

Naturally this does not mean you can drive your car on cycle paths.

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The poles referred to are actually very rare and never cause an obstruction. One is visible here: #11534. How marvellous that I can look forward to a winter of being able to continue to use the cycle paths. Of course, it helps that cycle paths here are always wide enough to drive a truck on, that they're surfaced well enough to withstand such weight, and that drivers told not to drive on the cycle paths won't do so.
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12119Photo #12119Today the children's bikes were inspected at school. A police officer comes to the school premises to test all the kid's bikes once per year. It's quite a job as virtually all kids bring their bikes to school.

The result: A sticker saying "Deze Fiets is OK" ("This bike is OK") on the rear mudguard alongside the longer standing Cambridge Cycling Campaign sticker.
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12118Photo #12118This used to be one of the main roads to the centre of the city, but now it's a "bicycle road" and used by cars only for access. Motorists have been given a different (less direct) route.

While these look like 1.5 m bike lanes each side of a 2.1 m car lane, they are no such thing. The whole road is in effect a cycle path, but one on which residents in the half a dozen houses on this road may drive their cars.

The road is a dead end to cars at both ends, but a through route for cyclists. It provides the most direct route to the middle of the city from a new housing estate.

The video shows the bike path which leads to the road.

Mud on the road is due to the considerable number of construction traffic currently using this road.

Another view of this road is shown in #11872
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12111Photo #12111Alice on a bicycle in the Toy Museum at Roden, Netherlands (Speelgoedmuseum "Kinderwereld")Bicycle:
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12106Photo #12106Alternative view of new path construction also shown in #12105

The camera shows the direction of the cycle path, which also turns right to cross the bridge. The van is parked parallel with the road that the path crosses at this point and shows the size of the cycle paths - four metres wide.

When the photo was taken it was already very smooth though the top layer had yet to be laid. After completion, it's wonderful.

To see the path in use after completion, see #12301
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12105Photo #12105View of the construction of a new lifting bridge on the canal at Groene Dijk in Assen.

The existing bike path has been moved towards the camera and a new crossing will be installed to cross the road (in one go and with no obstacles).

The bike path is about the same width as a single lane of the road. No bike path follows the line of the road to the left of the photo as there are only relatively major (i.e. 70 km/h speed limit) roads in that direction. There is a perfectly sensible way to travel in that direction at the next left turn, by the existing bridge (just visible at the left of the photo) which is going to be left for cycles and local cars only.

The surface quality of this path is already very good even though it has yet to receive its top layer.

A different view is shown in #12106

To see the path in use after completion, see #12301
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12080Photo #12080Heading out of the village of Bovensmilde on the bike path.

At the point where the bicycle is, the path changes from village to inter-village and the surface changes.

The path is smooth, wide and suitable for cycling.
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12079Photo #12079This looks like a road with just narrow cycle lanes. However, it's actually a road used by hardly any cars at all, as there's nowhere to get to by car and no way of using it as a through road. The car in the photo will have to do a right or left turn soon and head out of the centre rather than towards it. The speed limit is of course 30 km/h.Cycleway:
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12078Photo #12078Sign within "pedestrianized" area showing limits on delivery vehicles.

In this street they are allowed:

Monday to Thursday 7:00 - 13:00 and 17:30 - 20:00.

Friday 7:00 - 13:00

Saturday 7:00 - 11:00 and 17:00 - 18:00.

Normally this street is used only by cyclists and pedestrians.
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12066Photo #12066It may seem frivolous, but space to do daft things like this on bikes (or not on bikes) seems to be provided in the Netherlands.

This extreme mountain biking action was made possible only by reserving space for it and by building an artificial hill.

Personally, I think this is a very good thing.
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12065Photo #12065View of the bike path which takes workers to the large NAM (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij - Dutch Oil Company) headquarters in Assen. NAM is a good part of Shell.

Also see #12064
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12064Photo #12064Nodding Donkey oil pump at the NAM (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij - Dutch Oil Company) headquarters in Assen.

NAM is a good part of Shell, and the size of their headquarters reflects this.
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12060Photo #12060While cycling rates in Assen are already incredibly high by British standards, the fight to increase the rate of cycling still goes on. This was in today's (1st November 2007) local paper.

Since this time, the cycling rate in Assen has grown to over 41% of all journeys. The new infrastructure is a good part of the reason why such growth has been possible.
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12021Photo #12021Cycle parking at Assen station. There really are quite a lot of bikes here for a city of 63000 people. Play the video to get an idea of how many. Not all the bikes are in this park - there is another similar cycle park on the opposite side of the station.

The amount of cycle parking here is considered to be inadequate and is being increased to 2300 places. That's one for every twenty eight residents.

Note the easy route from station platform to the cycle parking.

See also #12299 for a view of the parking at the other side of the station.

More on the increase in cycle parking here:
hembrow.blogspot.com/2009/01/more-cycle-parking-at-assen-railway.html
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11981Photo #11981Equivalent of A-frame shop, but with bike parking built in.

Not the greatest quality of parking, but how marvellous to see a shop adding a bit to the available parking.

Assen, Netherlands.
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11873Photo #11873Wonderful canal path. Other views are at #11713 and #11784, but this one provides video.

The path has the standard width of four metres.

Upgraded in 2011. See #33320
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11872Photo #11872Old main road being re-worked into a "bicycle road" which gives priority to cyclists. Through motorised traffic is being sent by a different (longer, less direct) route over a new bridge #12105). This will consist of two large red cycle lanes either side with a very narrow car lane in the middle.

The bike lanes are 1.5 m each and the black strip in the middle is 2.1 m.

Such treatment is only suitable where very low car traffic volumes are expected - as is the case here. This road is being bypassed.

Volumes of cycle traffic here have grown since completion.

Another (later) view of this road is shown in #12118

And a view of the road and bridge in rush hour is to be seen here: hembrow.blogspot.com/2008/09/rush-hour.html
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11871Photo #11871Typical bike path alongside a fairly busy rural roadCycleway:
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11870Photo #11870What use is a set of photos of the Netherlands unless at least one windmill is included ?Destination:
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11832Photo #11832Cycle parking at a primary school. Run the video to see how much and where this is.

Note that primary schools tend only to have a couple of hundred children who will almost certainly come from under a kilometre away.

There are no walls or gates around the school. It is quite unusual for schools to have gates in the Netherlands.

One possible route to this school is shown in the two previous photos and videos.

A video showing the number of bikes that arrive at this school each day is here:
nl.youtube.com/watch
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11831Photo #11831New school in Kloosterveen outside Assen. Note the high quality of construction, including novel features such as a green roof. Also note how the cycle path leads directly to the cycle parking.

The previous photo includes part of the run up to this photo and video. The next one includes a view of the cycle parking at the primary school next door.

To see the children riding to school here, see this video:
nl.youtube.com/watch
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11830Photo #11830Brand new housing estate at Kloosterveen near Assen. This shows the excellent cycle path alongside homes. Cars are permitted to park between trees. There is a special mesh which protects the greenery. Also, even though these are smaller terraced houses, each house has a driveway (or at least the possibility of having one), so at least 2, sometimes 3 or more, cars can be parked by each house without being either on the road, the pavement or in the way of cyclists on the cyclepath.

View the video to see how the driver gives way at the junction between road and cycle path.

This cycle path is 3 metres wide.
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11829Photo #11829One of many small paths in an area of mixed heath and forest just a couple of minutes cycle from the city of Assen. Anyone can escape the city and get out into some greenery on their bikes with ease.

While all these paths are well surfaced, a couple of metres wide, smooth and usable in any weather. They fall a bit short of the standard for commuting paths, but bear in mind that they are intended for leisure only. A consequence of building a new housing development is not only that developers are expected to put in paths suitable for commuters, but that they will also provide such leisure paths.

(exact position difficult to work out! It's one of these...)

Nearly a year later, this rather better video was made in much the same location:

nl.youtube.com/watch
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11806Photo #11806The new cycle path on Vaart ZZ. This replaces what was already a fully segregated path, with a better quality version of the same. It's decently wide (three metres) so not even a "steam" roller on the path (here as part of the works) can block it.Obstruction:
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11805Photo #11805Update April 2008: A meeting with city officials brought the information that this is only a secondary path in this direction. The primary bike route is to be 5 metres wide and parallel with this one on the other side of the canal.

The "bicycle road" on the other side of the canal while under construction is shown in #13318.

This is a new three metre wide cycle path on Vaart ZZ with a pedestrian pavement of around 2.5 metres. The road and bike path are both being improved here. In the case of the cycle path, an existing segregated path is being replaced with a better one, and the road junctions are being made more favourable to cyclists. There will be a grass verge between the bike path and road.

To make room for all this, the canal has been shifted sideways in a northerly direction. On the north side of the canal, the road is being reduced to not much more than a cycle path.

Note how they have finished the pavement and cycle path first. The road is coming later on the rough ground to the right of my bicycle.
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