BICYCLE DUTCH

For my fifth and last ride in the series “from Market to Market” I cycled to the Markt of Waalwijk. The starting point was again the Markt of ʼs-Hertogenbosch. This ride is 20.8 kilometres long and it took me an hour and two minutes. Again I cycled with an average speed of 20 km/h. In both Waalwijk and ʼs-Hertogenbosch we see a variety of types of Dutch cycling infrastructure, ranging from on-street cycle lanes, cycle streets and service streets to modern bi-directional cycleways, but in the country side it is one very long stretch of a bi-directional cycleway alongside a canal. Ships cannot use this canal. It was dug between 1907 to 1911 for one reason only: to prevent flooding of the city of ʼs-Hertogenbosch. It leads surplus water from south of ʼs-Hertogenbosch to the larger rivers, bypassing the city. Since this canal was dug the city centre…

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