A few days ago, Kever53 subscribed to my youtube channel. I had a look at his videos and found this great one which shows off Houten.
You'll see all types of people cycling, including the sporty, Mums with children, children on their own. Young, middle-aged, and elderly.
It's like a microcosm of the Netherlands as a whole. Everything's connected by cycle paths, housing, shops, schools, railway station, beach, and at the end you see how the old village centre is also connected.
Houten is a town of 38000 people in the Netherlands. It's an ancient city, but in 1966 was designated as an area of growth and started expanding rapidly. Houten is known world-wide as a town which was designed to prioritize cycling. The result has been a high rate of cycling and a very low rate of injuries on the roads and cycle paths.
Many things which were tried out first in Houten have spread across the country. However, Houten's achievement is still significant. Three years ago, Houten won the title of "Fietsstad 2008".
I've blogged about Houten before. You can find these posts here.
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