Take a les­son from Hol­land and Den­mark, world lead­ers in cy­clist-friendly ci­ties

Cyclist - - Future Cycling | Insight -

In the 1960s, when us Brits had given up on cy­cling, the Dutch and the Dan­ish were busily build­ing ci­ties for cy­clists, and do­ing it pretty well. Some of the in­no­va­tions since then have been eye-catch­ing.

In Copen­hagen, for ex­am­ple, town plan­ners em­ploy a so­phis­ti­cated ‘Green Wave’. On cer­tain bike paths, lights along the edge of the road switch from red to green at a pace of 20kmh. When that wave of green hits a traf­fic light it turns green too. That means that if you stick at the in­tended pace of 20kmh you’ll re­main within the vis­i­ble green wave, and never have to stop at a red light.

In the Nether­lands, cy­cle net­works are de­signed to be as ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble. The Dutch aim for a cy­cle route be­tween two places to be no more than 1.2 times the dis­tance as the crow flies. If a planned cy­cle route turns out to be more than 1.4 times the di­rect dis­tance, they search for a bet­ter route.

On­line map­ping sys­tems are also avail­able to plot a route be­tween any two places en­tirely within the cy­cle net­work. Un­sur­pris­ingly, nearly 40% of the Dutch pop­u­la­tion cy­cles on a daily ba­sis.

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