The Groningen story

This is a great video by Clarence Eckerson Jr of Streetfilms, telling the story of how the northern Dutch city of Groningen developed its excellent cycling infrastructure. In my opinion, Groningen is a comparable place to NE Lincs in terms of population and geography, and serves as a great example of what can be achieved with a long-term vision of using cycling to make where we live a better place.

It’s no secret that just about anywhere you go in the Netherlands is an incredible place to bicycle. And in Groningen, a northern city with a population of 190,000 and a bike mode share of 50 percent, the cycling is as comfortable as in any city on Earth. The sheer number of people riding at any one time will astound you, as will the absence of automobiles in the city center, where cars seem extinct. It is remarkable just how quiet the city is. People go about their business running errands by bike, going to work by bike, and even holding hands by bike.

Read the rest of the video’s accompanying article here.

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