Although we try to separate the routes for motor traffic and cycling as much as possible in the Netherlands, combining other types of infrastructure is often a good idea. On this blog I’ve shown you some examples already; main cycle routes following a railroad, a bicycle bridge attached to a railway bridge and two cycle routes alongside a canal. These two routes have been connected for a few years already. I have now finally cycled the full length of the cycle route alongside the Máxima Canal (opened in March 2015), the Zuid-Willemsvaart (a canal from 1825) that got a better cycle route alongside part of it in November 2015 and the connection between these two canals. This route, from ʼs-Hertogenbosch to Veghel, is 21 kilometres long.
Most people cycle side by side in the Netherlands. Especially when cycling for recreation. I made this ride on a Sunday afternoon/early evening. So all the cycling at that time was recreational.
I had initially planned to only film the connecting route between the two canals. The existing two videos and this new third video could then show you the entire route. But I had filmed the two cycle routes alongside the canals in opposite directions. Combining the three videos in a playlist would therefore not be possible or at least make little sense. That is why I now cycled the full 21-kilometre route anew from north to south.