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Cycle tracks


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.


14 comments on “Cycle tracks

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    July 24, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Thank you for sharing have a blessed day Liz


  2. bcparkison
    July 24, 2014

    Sounds like a wonderful experience.


  3. I wish more countries took Holland’s approach to bicycle infrastructure : /


  4. kennymack2
    July 24, 2014



  5. mjh333
    July 24, 2014

    Sounds great. More cycle tracks are popping up in the UK now, but not enough, a good start though!


    • lizard100
      July 25, 2014

      It does take time to get things connected. The Dutch started in the 1970s so they’ve become experts.


      • mjh333
        July 28, 2014

        We have hope yet then 🙂


      • lizard100
        July 28, 2014



  6. tootlepedal
    July 24, 2014

    We had a cycling holiday tour in North Holland a few years ago and thought that the provision for cycling was outstanding….and the commercially grown tulip fields too.


  7. Rambling Woods
    July 28, 2014

    How smart!


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