I accept that if you don't cycle and your experience of cyclists here has been poor as you describe, the system in Dutch cities is not going to be that impressive. But the undeniable fact is that it works. Dutch cities, and particularly Amsterdam, have (in my opinion) the X factor of urban culture. I frequently seriously consider chucking Dublin in and moving to Amsterdam. There is a notable absence of the agression and antipathy you find between all road users in most other cities (though obviously German and Scandinavian cities are good in this respect too), but with all the excitement and vibrancy of a major city.crestfield wrote:Interesting that holland should be brought up. I have been to both Amsterdam and the Hauge and found conditions for pedestrians even worse. Little distingtion is made between raodways/ cycle paths/ tramways and pedestion paths. The conduct of the cyclists I found to be similiar to those here, just there was a lot more of them and therefore more dangerous.
Some more pics of Amsterdam to try'n back up my point:
This street - Oude hoogstraat - is like a 'normal' street: - pavement on both sides & road in the centre - but for cyclists only.
In purely environmental terms, the transport energy savings must be colossal.