|Van "blocking" a four metre wide cycle-path. Note that|
pedestrians have their own path here and through the
underpass ahead which is two metres wide.
I took this photo on the way to the shops a few days ago (the same route as in this video).
Of course it is a bit of an irritation when vehicles like this stop on the cycle-path. However, usually they pull off the cycle-path, and when they have no choice but to block it, they only block half of it. As vehicles like this are usually there for a good reason and really not much of an obstruction is caused, few people would complain.
|Just 200 m away, a van "blocking" a residential street.|
Pedestrians have paths on both sides of this street.
Again it's not really causing much of a problem because it's only blocking half of the street. The same situation, the same level of inconvenience.
Equal obstacle opportunities for roads and bike-paths !
Of course, the problems caused by maintenance vehicles on cycle-paths would be much greater if there were not so much room. This is an advantage of having sensible widths for cycle-paths.
The cycle-path in the photo at the top is not special. It's simply part of a normal, everyday route. Standards need to be high everywhere so that conditions are good wherever someone chooses to cycle. It's no good if high standards are reserved only for a few special pieces of infrastructure. Read more about the need for a tight grid of high quality cycling facilities.
Note that when there are ongoing road works which cause real disruption, Dutch cyclists are not forgotten.