European Cycling News
Bike lanes in the Netherlands are designed
with thought and intelligence to create a
easily usable network. I took a few
photos of cycle infrastructure in Zandvoort,
and I've added some comments about the
intention of the planners. In the UK, we
should pay particular attention to the way
they give bike routes continuity, instead of
making them give way to every side street.
Read about inspiration
from Dutch cycle infrastructure.
A Dutch road safety organisation is calling for the crossbar
of men's bikes to be scrapped, saying it is less safe than a
frame, and no longer necessary for a strong bike. Read about Dutch
calls for end of crossbar.
7th January 2016
Many bike paths in the Netherlands are dangerous because they
are so busy, and because some people are using their smartphones,
instead of being aware of what is going on around them. Read more
danger on Dutch bike paths...
21st October 2015
Cycling was more popular than ever in the Netherlands in 2014
according to new figures, which show an average distance cycled per
person of 1018km. Electric bikes may be responsible for some of the
increase. Read about the
cycled further than ever in 2014...
22nd September 2015
Tom Dumoulin is ready for the individual time trial at the
Championships in Richmond, Virginia, where he is favourite for the
event. He is still slightly tired after a great performance in the
Vuelta a Espana, but will be confident of competing well against
Tony Martin and Rohan Dennis. Read about Dumoulin
for World Champs ITT...
27th August 2015
Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin yesterday took the overall lead of
the Vuelta a Espana. A time trial specialist who may also be a
GC contender, he is rapidly becoming a star of road cycling. In case
you don't know too much about him, here are five
facts about Tom
22nd August 2015
There's controversy in the Netherlands over the selection of
their nine riders for the World Championship road race on 27th
September in Richmond, USA. Star riders Gesink and Mollema are in
team as domestiques, to support Niki Terpstra, and Koen de Kort has
been left out. Read more about controversial
team selection for
World Championship road race...
11th August 2015
rider Wout Poels was run off the road by a truck today during a
training ride with fellow professional Reinier Honig in the Dutch
province of Zuid-Limburg. They both tweeted about the incident,
they say was 100% deliberate, and involved a driver from Van Zaal
Transport De Kwakel. Read more about Poels
road by truck...
27th July 2015
The 2015 Tour's start in the Netherlands generated a lot of
publicity, which resulted in it being the most watched Tour de
for 20 years in that country. Stage 2 attracted more viewers in
other in the event's history. Read more about 2015
was the most watched in the Netherlands for 20 years...
26th July 2015
Utrecht is a cycle-friendly city, with good infrastructure for
cycling, and a culture of cycling for short trips in and around
the city. A large percentage of journeys in Utrecht are made by
bike. What can we learn from Utrecht? For some answers, see
HedgehogCycling's series of three 'cycling
from Utrecht' videos...
24th June 2015
Anti-doping Denmark yesterday published a report into doping
in professional cycling, in particular on Bjarne Riis's team CSC. It
found that Riis and others would have a case to answer for
in doping, but the statute of limitations prevents cases being
more about the Danish
17th June 2015
A petition against beer bikes in Amsterdam is to be handed to
the city council today.
The petition has gathered more than 6,000 signatures since it was
launched in April this year. Read
more about the petition
beer bikes in Amsterdam...
16th June 2015
A beekeeper was yesterday called to a supermarket in
Bloemendaal, Holland, to move a swarm of bees which had taken up
residence in bike panniers while the bike's owner was inside doing
shopping. The beekeeper moved the docile insects without needing any
more about the bee
moved from bike panniers...
13th June 2015
Last month, France 2 broadcast a documentary about a
micro-dosing experiment they carried out, with eight athletes taking
part. They found that in 29 days, they could produce significant
performance improvements with micro-doses of EPO and HGH, plus a
transfusion, which would stay within biological passport parameters.
more about the France
10th January 2015
The maximum speed on bike paths in built-up areas of the
Netherlands should be 25kmh, according to Fietsberaad, the Dutch
organisation which advises on cycling policy. This would mean racing
cyclists and users of speed pedelecs should ride on the road. Read
about the proposed
speed limit on Dutch cycle paths...
9th October 2014
Abellio, a subsidiary of Dutch national rail company NS, has
won the ScotRail franchise. It is to improve cycle rail facilities,
investing in more bike parking, and opening cycle hire points at
stations. Read more about Abellio
improve Scottish cycle rail facilities...
25th September 2014
Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands
have found that nearly 90% of nighttime cyclists had been drinking.
Read more on most
Dutch nighttime cyclists drunk...
24th September 2014
The Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment has
launched a campaign to highlight the risks of cycling and using a
smartphone, a practice which is not illegal. There's even a 'cycling
mode' app. Read more about cycling
smartphones in Holland...