The "Fietstotaalplan Drenthe" was a plan which ran for a few years to provide more facilities for recreational cyclists in Drenthe. This was in addition to the ongoing work on practical cycle routes.
The programme included new cycle paths, improvements to existing paths, and other facilities for cyclists. In this case the facility is a picnic bench on a cycle path for cyclists to rest their legs. So as well as all the normal benches, there are now hundreds of extra ones in this area which were specifically put in to be useful for cyclists.
If you want to encourage all uses of cycles then this sort of thing is important.
This bench is in the local countryside, and one of many which are passed by our cycling holiday routes. It provides a very pleasant place to stop for a few minutes.
The view is over the cycle path into a field which in the summer generally has cattle in it. On this winter day it was empty.
On the other side you have woods and of course there is a rubbish bin.
It's just another of those small things which makes cyclists feel like they are important and therefore helps to make cycling in this part of the world so pleasant, and so popular.
If you'd like to experience this for yourself, consider one of our cycling holidays here in the "cycling province" of Drenthe.
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