Assistance with learning names of bicycle components in Dutch:
Beauty vs Function
3 days ago
|While some people ignore the rain, most come prepared. Not always too obvious: you can just see that the man with the hat in the center wears rain pants over his light coloured pants. The man on the far right wears rain pants over his blue jeans while riding a rental bike! He really came prepared!|
|All sorts of rain capes are worn by men and women, sometimes combined with rain pants as well.|
|Rain suits come in all colours. The pedestrian on the far right has already geared up on his way to his bicycle.|
|Some people rely on umbrellas, but you can question how usefull they are. The guy who stole the pink umbrella from his girlfriend doesn't really seem protected, but that's because he broke it.|
|While most people use their umbrellas over their heads, some try to keep their legs dry.|
|A test like the Alpe d'Huez ? Read more discussion of this bridge including a video of riding over it.|
|How space is allocated on that|
"problem" bridge. This would be
cause for celebration in any
|Hartelfietsbrug in between the storm surge barrier and the bridge for motorised traffic.|
|"Pedestrianization" in Boston.|
|"Pedestrianization" in Assen (see before and after photos).|
|In Boston, bicycles are banned|
|In Assen there are many bikes and|
cycling is encouraged.
|"Spoorbaanpad" a cycle path right through Almere, the blue part is shown in the second video Link to map|
|Almere city centre, not your typical Dutch city. From right to left just behind the tall buildings you can see the elevated cycle path "Spoorbaanpad" next to the also elevated railway.|
|The four different grids; black dotted line, rail road; green (dotted) lines: cycle paths; yellow lines: bus tracks; thick gray lines: private motorised traffic only, thin gray lines: shared space motorised traffic/bicycles.|
Note how direct the cycle/bus routes are and how indirect the routes for private motorised traffic.
|Spoorbaanpad, a look into how it is used, the final 90 seconds show the biggest crossing and the interaction between motorists and cyclists.|
|The (almost) full route at very high speed: 11 kilometers in 5 minutes, only the first kilometer is missing but that is going through an area that has yet|
to be developed. It then goes through the centre and the end is
in the east of Almere.
|Potterstraat was one of the first streets in Utrecht to be widened. In this 1960s picture the 800 year old street has a four lane road, today no private motorised traffic is allowed here. The development of this street serves as an example in the video with this blog post.|
|Utrecht, Korte Nieuwstraat in 1968. |
Centuries old homes had been removed for the plans of a big through street here. It never came. Today the street is restored, new apartment buildings came in place of this temporary parking lot.
|This video shows the development of the Utrecht Potterstraat. It explains |
the shift in urban planning in the Netherlands from car centric policies to people friendly cities.
|As a warning and to remember the -in retrospect needless- demolitions, this protest was replaced on the wall of a rebuilt home. It came from one of the demolished buildings and was put there by a protest group. The poem goes a bit like this:|
BEHOLD OH MAN
MY GIANT FOOT
THAT CRUSHED ALL HOMES
IN THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD
THE GAPS WHICH YOU CAN SEE
THEY WERE MY WORK
FOR THAT IS WHAT I DO
WHEN LEFT TO WANDER FREE