Citizen Action Monitor

When it comes to bikeway designs the Dutch are on the right path

Netherlands has the most advanced bike infrastructure you’ll ever see

No 450 Posted by fw, April 2, 2012

From the Netherlands to America: Translating the World’s Best Bikeway Designs Text by Elizabeth Press on March 7, 2012. Video by Streetfilms.

The Netherlands is widely recognized for having the highest cycling rates in the world. What’s not so well known is that the Dutch don’t bike so much because cycling is in their DNA. They do it because after the country started down the path toward car dependence, they made a conscious decision to change course. After many decades of deliberate policy to invest in cycling as a mode of transportation, the Netherlands has the most advanced bike infrastructure you’ll ever see.

Recently Streetfilms joined a group of city leaders from Chicago, Washington, DC and Miami on a study tour of the Netherlands, through the Bikes Belong Foundation’s Bicycling Design Best Practices Program. The program shows American transportation professionals and policymakers real-life examples of what it looks like to invest in cost-effective bicycle facilities.

This 13-minute video takes you on a tour of the incredibly well thought out street designs in the Netherlands. You’ll see the infrastructure, hear from the experts on the ground, and watch the tour participants react and imagine how they might implement similar designs in [North] American cities.

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