Visit Holland - The Netherlands

Amsterdam municipality caters to a growing number of cyclists

Amsterdam will invest € 57 million in facilities for cyclists, until and including 2016. In the period until 2020, the municipality will construct 38,000 new bicycle parking places and at least 15 kilometres of red cycling paths on the most dangerous roads.

Bicycle usage in Amsterdam has increased in the last 20 years by more than 40%, from 340,000 to 490,000 cycling trips per day in 2012. And the growth continues. The number of cycling trips to and from train stations will have increased by 25% in 2020. Every day, all Amsterdam cyclists travel a combined 2 million kilometres. More than 1500, and on the Weteringschans, even up to 3500 cyclists traverse busy routes during rush hour. Cycling lanes and paths in the city centre are too narrow to accommodate this large stream of cyclists, and bottlenecks arise at busy points. One third of cycling accidents occur on these busy routes (which constitute 15% of the entire cycling network). According to the municipality, investments in infrastructure have been lagging behind this growth, resulting in overflowing bike racks and undersized cycling paths on the main routes in the city centre. In addition, 56% of serious road accidents involve a cyclist (as compared to 48% in 2000).
The Amsterdam cycling network is for the most part in good shape, according to the municipal plan, except for the city centre that often lacks space to enable the construction of separated cycling lanes. This is why 15 kilometres of red cycling paths will be constructed where the worst bottlenecks occur. The municipality will also work on the so-called Plusnetten [“Plus networks”]. The Plus Network for bikes is a sparse network of spacious, comfortable, safe, and fast routes within the city centre. Cyclists have priority there. Cycling routes that will become part of the Plus network must not only conform to the so-called Sustainably Safety criteria; the width of these routes must also accommodate the number of cyclists using them. Cyclists will get as much priority as possible at intersections and waiting time indications lights will enhance their comfort.
In the period leading up to 2020, the municipality, together with other parties such as Prorail and the Amsterdam City Region, will invest almost € 120 million to deal with the most important bottlenecks in the cycling path network, and to implement parking arrangements for bicycles. € 90 million of that money will go to constructing the 38,000 bike parking places. In the period leading up to 2040, about € 200 million will be necessary, of which € 170 million will be allocated for bicycle parking. In comparison with other modes of travel, the municipality calculates that investments in the bicycle have the most effect for each Euro spent.

Latest news

Vermeer - famous Dutch painter from Delft

Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He evidently was not wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.

Read more...

Claire Morgan The Sound of Silence - Noord Brabants Museum

Claire Morgan - The Sound of Silence: 8 Oct 2016 t/m 8 Jan 2017.  This autumn, the Noordbrabants Museum will exhibit the intriguing work of a young artist from Northern Ireland, Claire Morgan. After successful exhibitions abroad, including in Britain, this will be her first solo museum exhibition in the Netherlands.

Read more...

Reflex Gallery is delighted to announce a major exhibition of the work of Donald Baechler

Reflex Gallery is delighted to announce a major exhibition of the work of Donald Baechler this September 2016. This will be the first extensive exhibition in the Netherlands for the world-famous American artist.

Read more...

500.000 tulips in bloom during the 2nd edition of Tulp Festival in Amsterdam

500.000 tulips in bloom during the 2nd edition of Tulp Festival in Amsterdam 60 locations , 400 varieties, walking and bike routes.
For the second year in succession, Amsterdam will be decked in the most glorious colours, throughout April and May. During the Tulp Festival 2016 visitors can marvel at more than 500,000 brightly coloured tulips, of more than 400 different varieties, at 60 locations throughout the capital.

Read more...

Netherlands Hotel Reviews by Real Guests

Netherlands Hotel Reviews by Real Guests. Recent reviews for Hotels in the Netherlands. See the reviews FULL Screen?

Read more...

Hotels close to more then 900 landmarks in Holland

A long list of landmarks in the Netherlands. We have this list in alphabetical order to find the city of your choice. Aalden Golfclub de Gelpenberg Book hotels close to this landmark Aalsmeer Aalsmeer Flower Auction Book hotels close to this landmark Aalten Aalten Station Book hotels close to this landmark Abcoude Abcoude Station Book hotels close to this landmark Aduard Zuidhorn Station Book hotels close to this landmark Akkrum Akkrum Station Book hotels close to this landmark

Read more...