This photo was taken on the direct West-East cycle path through one suburb of Assen.
This person is riding in an electric powered buggy which transports the owner in her wheelchair. This is next to a busy road in the area of the industrial estate, but here as everywhere else, the subjective safety is good enough that everyone can cycle.
And here are some traffic education cards (I featured some of these earlier) handed out to primary school children. The first one explains that in Dutch law, wheel chair users are also cyclists so should be expected n cycle-paths. The second refers to pedestrians and explains that while a cycle path may be compulsory for cyclists, it is not forbidden to walk on it (especially in the unusual cases when there is no separate walking path).
|Strange but true: wheel chair users are also cyclists! Compulsory for cyclists but not forbidden for pedestrians|
Where cycling is only for a brave or "foolish" few, it remains a minority interest.