Interested in cycling in the Netherlands? Next week Tuesday May 29, the Ottawa Public Library invited me to do a lunch talk at the downtown Main Library location about cycling holidays in the Netherlands. I will start at 12:15. You probably know how it is: you want to travel to another country and you do your research. There is tons [Read more…]
Mobycon presents: “Why we Cycle” Last year, filmmakers Gertjan Hulster (1972) and Arne Gielen (1978) put together a wonderful movie about cycling in the Netherlands. The filmmakers take us on a one hour tour through Dutch cities and the countryside, while interviewing a number of academics and regular citizens asking them why the Dutch cycle. Ottawa based Mobycon presents the [Read more…]
Last Saturday I took the train of the Dutch Railways (NS) from a small town north of Leiden to Aardenhout south of Haarlem. It is only a 13 minute ride, including a stop in Hillegom, centre of the Dutch flowerbulb industry. The flowers are currently in full bloom and the waft of Hyacints is all over, outside of the small [Read more…]
This blog about bridges appeared earlier but after Brent Toderian retweeted it last week, I thought it was time to update it. I added two bridges and updated some of the text. I have also added the architect and the estimated cost of each bridge so you can compare it somewhat with the infrastructure that is built in your own [Read more…]
Mark Wagenbuur wrote about it already a while ago when the bridge was being constructed, but now the new Dafne Schippers bridge in the Netherlands is officially in use. The bridge crosses the important Amsterdam-Rijn canal, connecting Amsterdam’s harbours with its hinterland in Europe. The canal is a considerable barrier and with a growing number of people living across the [Read more…]
Although it doesn’t rain that often when I want to bike, I do try to plan around a rain shower if possible when there is even a threat of rain. One of my best sources is the weather radar at the Environment Canada website. By estimating the speed of the incoming rain from the 7 images displayed, I can usually [Read more…]
The Dutch try to use as few traffic signs as possible. The City of Leeuwarden found another 1000 to throw out.
Last week, we started cycling to Amsterdam north and checked out some great places. This week we continue the trip along the waterfront.
Amsterdam is more than canals and coffee shops. We are going to explore the highlights of Amsterdam North by bike. It is not what you expect…
Not far from Haarlem and Amsterdam, the Zaanse Schans is a bike-able destination. We checked out 17th century saw mills, old farms, Dutch skies, a ferry and passed a waste facility that looked like a luxury hotel.