Urban Planet: How the Dutch Got Their Cycle Paths


Today, World Wide Wednesday becomes Urban Planet (please no jokes!), a daily roundup of  blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

• The Netherlands has the world’s largest number of cyclists. But this low-lying country wasn’t always a two-wheel paradise. This video, posted by markeniel, documents the country’s tumultous cycling history: a focus on car travel, the proliferation of surface parking lots, protests, the oil crisis, and the advent of pro-cycling policies.

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  1. Leave it to the Dutch to do things beyond expectation 🙂

  2. This is a very helpful – and hopeful – post. Thanks for sharing. No more kindermoort!

  3. The videographer (Mark Wagenbuur)’s username is Markenlei, not Markeniel.

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