“It is possible, that you will have made an occasional cycle tour. At least some of your journeys must involuntarily have taken you to the cycle path between Oirschot and Boxtel, where you must have thought: ‘this is joyous to ride on’. I can picture you pondering for a while to absorb the splendid colours and scents of the wonderful nature presenting itself all around you. And – I believe – you may exclaim: ‘This is such an improvement for Oirschot, now everyone can reach Oirschot. This is precisely what we need from Eindhoven to Oirschot!’ Well now, that possibility may arise.” This is a translated excerpt from a letter to the editor in an Eindhoven newspaper in 1916. Where “some of our forward thinking citizens” of the region had taken up the plan to persuade their councils to construct cycleways connecting to the beautiful one they had constructed about three years earlier in Oirschot. “If only the local authorities of [the different villages] would work together to explore the possibilities of getting subsidies from the ANWB and the provincial government, then – without any doubt – we can have such a path too. And then, when we conveniently cycle from Eindhoven to Oirschot, people will say: ‘why didn’t they build this sooner?’, for everyone will instantly understand the benefits!” Sound familiar? Cycleway envy existed over a century ago!
The cycleway on Boxtel territory. Red smooth asphalt at this location. Many people used it for a leisurely ride when I filmed the video on a nice Sunday in spring.