The Fietsberaad reports that Maastricht now has a new and ambitious cycling plan.
The article is quite interesting. In the city currently, 30% of all journeys up to 7.5 km ( 5 miles ) are by bike, which is now considered to be a low figure by comparison with other Dutch cities. The aim is that by 2011, the rate of cycling will have increased by 10% beyond the rate in 2006. In order to help make this happen, four million Euros are being spent in the next two years. Maastricht's population is 117000, so that's around 17 Euros per person per year.
There are eight main ways in which the change is to the made.
- There is to be a reduction in barriers on the main cycle route network.
- Further separation of the networks for cars, public transport and cycling.
- Improvement in comfort and safety of important routes.
- Improvement in permeability for cyclists of and between different areas.
- Improvement of quality of the facilities.
- Quantity and accessibility of cycle parking facilities and parks.
- Expansion of availability of hire and loan bikes.
- Investment in mobility management, education, cycling promotion
- Improvements for recreational cycle usage.
Anyway, now you've heard the "bad news", take a look at what Maastricht actually looks like. Very few cities in other countries, even in areas of other countries which are a lot flatter than here, have anything like this level of cycling:
Video courtesy of Mark Wagenbuur.