Recently, I had to cycle all the way through the town of Boxtel, from north to south, on my way to film the fast cycle route between Oirschot and Boxtel. I choose a different route in Boxtel, the fastest and most direct route, bypassing the route to the station that you can see in that other video. Since I knew I would find quite a number of different types of infrastructure, in a relatively short ride, I decided to film this ride as well.
Boxtel is by no means a special town. It is a typical town with quite standard cycling infrastructure, which is in fact a bit older. The route I took used to be the main north-south route in the country, until the motorway bypass around Boxtel was built in the 1970s. I can remember driving here with my parents in the early 1970s from Utrecht to my great-grandmother (my mother’s mother’s mother) who lived in Helmond, more south-east in the province of Brabant.
You can still tell this used to be a main motor traffic route, but all the streets have been converted to 50km/h streets with mostly separate cycling infrastructure, sometimes on a service street. Between 2010 and 2015 one part has been reconstructed from on-street cycle lanes to a modern bidirectional cycleway on one side of the road and a more traditional unidirectional cycleway on the other side. There are also four roundabouts in this ride. One already existed when this was a main motor traffic route. That is the one that is not built according to modern standards. Caused by the simple fact that it was there before those standards existed. All four roundabouts are in the built-up area and fortunately Boxtel chose to give cycling priority as the guidelines dictate.