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Groningen, Netherlands: Cycling Capital of the West — Carectomy - Removing Cars from People

Groningen, Netherlands: Cycling Capital of the West

by Joshua Liberles on June 2, 2008

Gronigen Groningen, Netherlands: Cycling Capital of the West

 

Despite Amsterdam’s claim that it’s the bike capital of Europe, there’s another Dutch city that has it beat. In the northern city of Groningen, the Netherlands’ sixth-largest city, 57 percent of all journeys are made by bike (versus Amsterdam, which holds its own at 40 percent of all journeys).

Groningen has long held a reputation for its bike-friendly ways. In 2006, it was named the world’s best cycling city by Bicycling magazine. Cyclists ride on demarcated bike paths along the roadside and take precedence over drivers. To encourage more bike and pedestrian travel, the city is divided into four different sectors; if drivers want to cross from one to another sector, they cannot simply drive there. Instead, they’re required to drive around the entire city until they arrive at the sector’s entry point. This requirement may sound both superfluous and silly, but it helps keep car traffic to a minimum. Bikes, of course, are free to travel throughout the sectors as they wish.

Groningen boasts 3000 bike parking spots at its rail station and a former nuclear bomb shelter beneath its city hall has been converted into a bike garage.

Source: The Age

Photo via flickr by evert-jan van.

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1 Joe Lyons December 27, 2007 at 11:49 am

You can send some snow our way if you like.

It hasn’t snowed here for years. Even though we have temperatures down to -4, it just rains :-( Might be a bit tough cycling to work though!

I’d love to go to Ontario for Christmas though and experience loads of snow. It just rains in England, booooo!

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