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.”
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.
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.
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