Bicycle route planners lend cycling a modern imageRon Hendriks , Fietsverkeer
Survey of the latest developments in digital route planners for cyclists: Utrecht, Zuid-Holland, Amsterdam and some German planners.
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The bicycle route planner by Landelijk Fietsplatform and Nederlands Bureau voor Toerisme en Congressen was one of the first on the internet. This planner allows routes to be mapped out along the network of long-distance bicycle routes.
Zuid-Holland was the first province to put a bicycle route planner on the internet. This planner has been developed by the Delft company Demis - enthusiasts in the fields of cycling and IT - and refined by order of the province, with a MOVE subsidy. Recently the province of Utrecht followed with a comparable planner, at present the showpiece of Fietsersbond, the driving force behind this project.
Two cities have their own bicycle route planner. The city of Utrecht has a general route planner that can be used both for cars and bicycles. Amsterdam has a planner designed specifically for cyclists. In addition it is possible to digitally figure out the cycle route to the nearest train station on the site of NS. In other countries the phenomenon occurs as well, highly-praised examples being Nordrheinland-Westphalen and Berlin.