The larger towns in the Netherlands - those over 50,000 inhabitants, more or less - all have a ‘mature’ bicycle policy. Often the basis is provided by a dedicated bicycle plan, or an extensive chapter on bicycle traffic in local traffic plans, which also serve as a record. In devising good bicycle plans local officials and their advisors can draw on three manuals: the policy manual bicycle traffic by Fietsberaad (Fietsberaad publication 9. Policy recommendations on bicycle traffic; survey of knowledge of bicycle policies), the new edition of the design manual bicycle traffic by CROW (New Ontwerpwijzer voor fietsvriendelijke infrastructuur) and the by now somewhat obsolete CROW-guide to bicycle parking (Guide to bicycle parking). Moreover when preparing bicycle plans the use of models is of major importance - even though few towns prove to follow these through: No single method is followed to the end. The wide range of ideas expressed in bicycle plans and their actual implementation is provided by Fietsberaad publication 7. Continuous and integral: The cycling policies of Groningen and other European cycling cities. Recently a number of bicycle plans have appeared that emphasise other issues beside infrastructural investments. Tilburg pays a lot of attention to maintenance and marketing: Striking accents in new Tilburg bicycle plan (Opvallende accenten in nieuw Tilburgs fietsplan). Delft intends to better communicate its policy: Delft festively wraps its bicycle policies. An example of ‘simply good’ bicycle plan and policies: Bicycle policy in Utrecht, the Netherlands. About the ordinary and functional aspects or bicycle policies and bicycle use in the Netherlands, see: Learning from the Dutch laboratory.
Bicycle plan Tilburg
Tilburg fietst!, bicycle plan 2005-2015, is remarkable for the large amount of attention paid to maintenance (considering the completeness of the network) and narrowly targeted promotion.
Lekker Fietsen! Elaboration bicycle ambitions of ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Ligtermoet & Partners / vzw Mobiel21 , Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch
Local authorities of ‘s-Hertogenbosch want to increase the percentage of cycling within the town limits from 33 to 44 per cent. For this all stops are pulled out. Not only will the bicycle network be upgraded and devolved from car traffic, but local standards for bicycle parking are to be upheld and cyclists will once again be admitted into pedestrian areas.