Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo yesterday celebrated the French capital's
achievement in reducing traffic and air pollution by 40%. How long did
the reduction in foul air take, and what are the health consequences?
You only have to give way twice over the 18km of the Rijnwaalpad
Cycle Highway between Arnhem and Nijmegen. People like the smooth
ride with no stops. How do the UK's cycle links between towns
The European Cyclists' Federation has produced a report titled the
Safer Cycling Advocate Program. It draws on Dutch and Danish
expertise, and is designed to help people in other countries
campaign for better cycling facilities.
A UCI report on the success of bike lanes in Seville has
highlighted how a complete network was created in just 18 months.
With the UCI's blue riband event coming to Harrogate later this
year, its report is timely and should inspire us.
Bike lanes in the Netherlands are designed with thought and
intelligence to create a joined-up, 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.
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
Tom Dumoulin is ready for the individual time trial at the World
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 rivals
Tony Martin and Rohan Dennis. Read about Dumoulin
for World Champs ITT...
Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin yesterday took the overall lead of the Vuelta
a Espana. A time trial specialist who may also be a future 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 Dumoulin...
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 the 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...
Sky 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, which
they say was 100% deliberate, and involved a driver from Van Zaal
Transport De Kwakel. Read more about Poels
run off road by truck...
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 ideas from Utrecht'
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 complicity in
doping, but the statute of limitations prevents cases being brought.
Read more about the Danish
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...
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 her shopping. The
beekeeper moved the docile insects without needing any protection. Read
more about the bee
swarm moved from bike panniers...
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 blood transfusion, which would
stay within biological passport parameters. Read more about the France 2 micro-dosing
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 more about the proposed
speed limit on Dutch cycle paths...
Abellio, a subsidiary of Dutch national rail company NS, has won the
ScotRail franchise. It is to improve cycle rail facilities, by investing
in more bike parking, and opening cycle hire points at stations. Read
more about Abellio
improve Scottish cycle rail facilities...
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 and
smartphones in Holland...