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How the Dutch got their cycling infrastructure

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If you think the Netherlands was always a livable streets utopia, think again. It took concerted efforts to reprioritize their transportation needs and make their streets some of the safest in the world.
“After World War II, everything changed… Buildings were demolished to make ways for cars. City squares were turned into car parks.”

Sound familiar?
When the oil crisis of the 70s happened, and after a sustained advocacy campaign of outrage over all the vehicular deaths, the Netherlands made drastic changes in its policy.

It can be done. Watch this fascinating video to learn more.


How did the Dutch get their cycling infrastructure? This question keeps coming back because it is of course relevant to people who want what the Dutch have.

Road building traditions go back a long way and they are influenced by many factors. But the way Dutch streets and roads are built today is largely the result of deliberate political decisions in the 1970s to turn away from the car centric policies of the prosperous post war era. Changed ideas about mobility, safer and more livable cities and about the environment led to a new type of streets in the Netherlands.

The recent video to introduce the Dutch Cycling Embassy explains this very briefly, but there is a lot more that can be said about it. That is why I made a longer video for a more in depth look into the history of cycling infrastructure in the Netherlands.

Please watch…

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