Good Cycling Facility of the Week: 22nd December 2016
This week’s Good Facility is a two-way cycleway, running parallel to a minor road, passing under a major junction near the Dutch town of Naaldwijk.
As usual for a Dutch cycleway, the path is wide and smooth – but the most important detail here is how the cycleway remains at a much higher level than the minor road as it passes under the major road. There isn’t any need for it to go lower than the height of a human being, unlike the road, and so… it doesn’t! This means much less effort is required to negotiate this underpass than would be required cycling on the road – the cycleway only dips up and down a relatively small amount. Minor details like this matter a great deal.
Good Cycling Facility of the Week: 15th December 2016
This week’s Good Facility is a bi-directional cycleway along a main road in the Dutch city of Goud.
The reason this cycleway is bi-directional is purely for the convenience of people cycling; although there is another cycleway on the other side of the road, for travelling towards the camera, that would involve crossing the road. Making the cycleway on this side bi-directional allows trips to be made without crossing the road twice – making getting to the new cinema complex in the photograph very easy indeed.
The cycleway is protected by a raised kerb strip, and also by parking bays. Trees have been planted within those parking bays to provide shelter.