Take a look at the unique Dutch cycling infrastructure

The Netherlands are known for their bicycles and their cycling lanes. Everyone makes use of bicycle and because of that there are many cycling lanes. But that’s not everything to it. To make something a success, you have to invest in it and that’s what the Dutch policymakers have been doing. To improve the flow of the cycling traffic and safety, a proper infrastructure is needed.

Infrastructure with cycling means that there are enough facilities to make mobility happen in terms of cycling. It’s about proper roads, but also about safety and the flow of the bicycle traffic. In the Netherlands there are over 20 million bicycles and on average, every household has 3 bicycles. Needless to say, investing in infrastructure is of vital importance for the flow of Dutch traffic. Here are two examples of Dutch investment in the cycling infrastructure.

Cycling highway

RijnWaalPad is a new cycling highway that connects Arnhem with Nijmegen in the Netherlands. It is 17.7 kilometers between the two cities and the policymakers wanted to make a quick and safe way for cyclers to get to the other city. Under the A15 highway there’s a new tunnel, as well another place combined with safe crossings. This makes it easier for cyclists to avoid busy roads and with the whole highway being alight, it’s safer for the people. Previously you had to ride 17.7 kilometers with your bicycle to get to the other city, but after the introduction of this new cycling highway, it’s only 15.8 kilometers for the cyclists. A 1.9 kilometers shortcut. And that’s not the only advantage. According to GGD Gelderland Midden, the air is cleaner than the old route, despite partly being next to A325 highway. It’s an investment that has advantages on different levels and is used right now by the cyclists.

Cycling roundabout

Another example of investing in the cycling infrastructure by the Dutch government, is the cycling roundabout called the Hovenring. Which was built in 2011 and eventually officially open for public in 2012.  It’s situated between Eindhoven and Veldhoven in the south of the Netherlands. The traffic situation before this specific roundabout was constructed was getting out of hand in terms of a lot of traffic. Because of the growing amount of traffic, it became over capacitated. There it was chaotic and not very consumer friendly, which led policymakers that they had to act on it. The decision was made to make a separate traffic situation for the cyclists and the motor vehicles. It was designed to improve the safety of both the bicycle traffic and the motorized traffic, and to improve the flow of traffic in general. The roundabout is lifted above the highway for motorized vehicles and is the first in its kind, because of its design and execution.

As you can read above, the Dutch policymakers care a great deal about infrastructure that concerns the cyclists. Their motivation for making invests differs from project to project, but their main objective is to improve the traffic flow and to make sure there is a safer traffic situation for all people taking part in the traffic.