I asked and they were happy to pose for a photo in Bloemendaal, Netherlands

Tuesday May 29, 2018 Lunch talk: Cycling Holidays in the Netherlands – Ottawa Public Library

May 24, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

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…]

Virtually everyone cycles in the Netherlands is the impressions we have in North America. But why? We'll soon find out.

Mobycon presents: “Why We Cycle”- May 10, 2018 at Happy Goat in Hintonburg

April 25, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

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…]

The Dutch railways conductor was waiting with my backpack in the back of the train

The incredible service of the Dutch railways to return my backpack within three hours

April 24, 2018 Hansonthebike 2

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…]

Ney-and-Partners-Groentje

7 Gorgeous Bike and Pedestrian Bridges in the Netherlands

July 11, 2017 Hansonthebike 1

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…]

Dafne is an athlete from the Netherlands who holds the 200 meter world record sprint (photo Lee Jin-man/AP)

“Dafne Schippers” Bridge Ramp Built over a School

April 6, 2017 Hansonthebike 2

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…]

Rain water management in western Netherlands is vital.

Rain sensors to adjust bike signals before it rains

March 28, 2017 Hansonthebike 0

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…]

A bike street in Utrecht, Netherlands running along the Rietveldhuis.