The Ranty Highwayman)
Sunday, 5 November 2017
As you might have guessed by now, my adventures in the Netherlands over the summer have reinvigorated my engineer’s eye and there is simply so much to write about.
I’m not sure how many parts this blog will end up having because I am enjoying the writing up almost as much as the visit! This week, I head to Maastricht in the far southeast corner of the Netherlands, an area which is essentially a peninsula of territory with Belgium on one side and Germany on the other.
We were actually in the city on a day trip to the St Peter’s Fortress and caves which are to the south of the city, but we had some time to walk around the city – about 20 minutes by foot from the fort to the city centre. As you might expect, there are cycle tracks on the main roads such as this one on Sint Hubertuslaan.
This cycle track provides a transition between the neighbourhood near the fort (where there is no cycling infrastructure, just modal filters and a 20mph speed limit) and Prins Bisschopsinge which forms part of the N278 which is a large dual carriageway skirting south of the city itself.