Netherlands’ cities have been building some fantastic bike infrastructure in 2012-2013. And not only in Amsterdam, but throughout the country. I collected some pictures from Twitter, Facebook and the web.
Unfortunately, I don’t know who took the pictures, but I trust someone can let me know. Here are some pictures and a clip of a bridge in Zoetermeer (near The Hague) that is nearly finished. Plus one new bike parking garage for 1500 bikes (which is fairly small for a Dutch city).
Of course, it is not always the cheapest option that is chosen, but don’t underestimate the effects of beautiful design. It puts your city on the map and it shows that you are not skimping on such a positive thing as active transportation.
Eindhoven – Hovenring
The road used to be a roundabout, but became a ‘normal’ intersection. This suspended roundabout was built to conquer the problem of moving traffic.
Amsterdam – Nescio Bridge
Groningen – Europapark Bike parking
Denmark’s Copenhagen is a bike desert compared with Netherlands’ Groningen’s 60% bike modal share. You have to store those bikes somewhere. In 2012 the new Europapark station opened. The station has an underground parking for 1500 bikes and has the same design as the station, not some crappy concrete afterthought or five wheel benders. There are 50 pillars with liniLED® Side Groen Deco (source: architectuur.nl)
Nijmegen – Fietsbrug “t Groentje” (“Little Greenie”)
Built in Belgium and trucked to the Netherlands in 3 parts, each 110,000 kg and 40 meters long, Ottawa’s bridge builders should probably go to Europe and learn a thing or two about bridge building. It took one weekend to put the pieces into place.
Nijmegen – De Oversteek (“The Crossing”)
Opened in the summer of 2013, this is not really a bike bridge, but note the bidirectional bike path, shared with pedestrians. Bidirectional bike lanes are considered life threatening stone age disasters by North American engineers, but not uncommon in bike heaven Netherlands. I am looking forward what the bridge over the Rideau River near Barrhaven has in store for cyclists…..Let me guess, a faded painted line next to 80 km/hr traffic.
Zoetermeer – Westerpark bridge
The Westerpark bridge in Zoetermeer should be finished late 2013, but it looks like it isn’t open yet. It connects two nature parks and is part of a regional bike route. It is worth checking the two minute clip with the artist impression video. Watch for the video doing its viral rounds eventually. You saw it here first.