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All photos in & around Assen

Showing items 301 to 400 from total of 533 items. Ordered by photo # descending.

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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.
Bicycle:
Infrastructure
bicycles
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.
Bicycle:
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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.
Cycleway:
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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.
Cycleway:
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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.
Cycleway:
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cycleways
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.
Cycle parking:
Good practice
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12840Photo #12840Groningen streetCycleway:
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cycleways
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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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12832Photo #12832Lots of directions for cyclists to travel in, but only one for motorists.Route sign:
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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.
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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:
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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:
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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.
Other:
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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
Cycle parking:
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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.
Cycleway:
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cycleways
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
Cycleway:
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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.
Cycle parking:
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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
Other:
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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.
Other:
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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.
Cycleway:
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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.
Cycleway:
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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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