Monday, 9 November 2009
Twenty years ago (1990) this video was produced by the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Public Works to show what cycling was like then in the Netherlands, and how the potential for the bicycle could be further developed.
Just seventeen years elapsed between 1973 when a campaign about child safety lead to protests and cycling infrastructure getting heavy investment in the Netherlands and 1990 when this film was made.
I'm regularly given the excuse that the Dutch are so far ahead because they started sooner, so there's no chance to "catch up". I've heard this excuse used for at least twenty years - enough time for infrastructure as seen in the video to already have been built.
It's never too late to stop making excuses and to start working on proper infrastructure which is convenient, pleasant and safe for cyclists.
There are many excuses used for low investment in cycling and low cycling rates in other countries. I'm working through them one by one.