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Holland is well known for the bicycle. It is an integral part of the way the place functions.
The bicycle is included carefully in access and development whenever a new district is created or when access is redesigned.
Commonly the bicycle has it’s own network for getting around. Often this means there will be a road between two points next to a railway line with a cycle path running nearby but in a separate section. This way the bike has a more scenic journey unlike the car nearby.
I love this.
It means that the commuting concept is made really delightful. A lovely cycle through fields and green views away from traffic jams.
Cycle paths also run alongside allotments and through park instead of fighting for space with stinking lorries or busses.
An additional resource as part of this network is the cycle route.
This board is an example. It’s in two languages you’ll notice. It forms part of an extensive network.
There’s more info about the routes here
Each board is accompanied by signs indicating how to find the next board. The routes can be used for very ling journeys or for shorter ones.
Some of these routes take you across little foot ferries in parts of the country that feel very remote but that are actually close to the big cities.
They are also great because less confident cyclist can feel very safe and of course the flatness of the land makes the effort involved in a cycle ride more reasonable.
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