News overview 2011
Advances in meter posts
Meter posts are growing more beautiful. The latest not only show the number of passing cyclists, but also their speed and travel time. Road maintenance authorities intend the meter posts to demonstrate that cyclists do matter.
Towns actively removing bicycles
Removing abandoned bicycles is higher on the agenda of local authorities. These are bicycles that have been parked in streets for a long time without being used, often taking up parking spaces needlessly. Towns like Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch, Haarlem and Tilburg are investing heavily in flyers and abandoned bicycles are being forcibly removed in order to upgrade the attractiveness of public space or to provide room for other bicycles.
Over 15 minutes of cycling each day
Of the 91 minutes of travel time spent by the Dutch each day, 17 minutes (19%) are spent cycling. The neighbouring Belgians and Germans spend on average a mere 5 minutes a day cycling, as data by Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau reveal.
IT to help make cycling safer
Approximately 7 per cent of European traffic casualties are cyclists. There are many traditional measures conceivable to help prevent accidents involving cyclists. The SAFECYCLE project studies how IT applications may be used to improve traffic safety for cyclists.
Zaandam has a bicycle warehouse
Recently a new bicycle parking facility has opened in Zaandam. A remarkable design where bicycles can be parked free of charge.
Differentiated parking fees in new bicycle parking facility at Arnhem train station
This summer a new bicycle parking facility at Arnhem train station came into operation. The facility with a transparent, modern design provides room for over 2,200 bicycles. For the first time different rates are used, ranging from free of charge to double charge for a private parking space.
Why do we cycle to work?
‘Tomorrow good cycling weather!’ Employers might consider sending such an e-mail message to their employees to promote commuting by bicycle. This is one of the recommendations from the Ph.D. thesis of Eva Heinen from TU Delft about commuting by bicycle.
WHO introduces tool to calculate health benefits of cycling
The World Health Organisation WHO has developed a tool to calculate the economic benefits of cycling as a consequence of better health.
Interest in freight bicycle
Half of all journeys in town serve to transport goods, a third of which concerns light-weight items. The potential for a freight bicycle is therefore great. A new European project focuses on this need.
Another two cycle superhighways in London
In London two new cycle superhighways across town have been put into use. The number of cyclists has greatly increased on the two routes opened last summer.