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Cycling in Arnhem (Netherlands)

Cycling in Arnhem (Netherlands)


This is Arnhem.
One of the host cities of Velo-City 2017. An old city,
badly damaged in World War II. Leading to architectural contrasts
where it had to be reconstructed. Entire parts of the city
are straight from the 1950s. The brand new Central Station
is again a beautiful contrast. With organic forms… and an integrated bicycle parking facility. That is well used, but still has some room
in the lower levels. Cycling infrastructure is everywhere
in Arnhem. There are one-way cycle tracks… and bi-directional cycleways. Bypassing bus stops
is the norm. Cycleways continue past side streets. And major intersections are
always protected intersections. Adapted to people with disabilities, with flush crossings and
tactile markings. A lot of the traffic signals have
waiting time indicators. There are on-street cycle lanes, car-free city centre streets, 30 km/h residential zones and the very busy high speed
cycle route to Nijmegen, that comes with priority crossings. Like any Dutch city, Arnhem has
bicycle parking challenges. But unlike most Dutch cities
Arnhem is not completely flat. Some of the suburbs are quite hilly. People still cycle of course, but I saw a very high number
of electric bikes here and racers. Arnhem has a zoo, where you can go with one of
the Trolleybuses, unique in the Netherlands. But of course, there is room
to park your bicycle too. Not all of Arnhem was destroyed. Thankfully some beautiful buildings
survived the times. The old city moat was
turned into a park, that looks beautiful in spring, especially when the tulips bloom. Arnhem is a lively city with a lot of cycling, even by the very young. A great sight when a
primary school goes out. A lot of children cycle
on their own. Some are picked up
by a parent, in a typically Dutch way. Some parcels are delivered by bicycle. The cargo bike is the best option
in a Dutch city centre. Arnhem likes some fun
in the streets. This giant party aardvark
lies on his back, still with his party hat on! The city center is completely
car free. That gives the city an attractive
shopping area. And great places to go out. Cars and people are kept
separate all over the city. There are a lot of cars of course. It is just that you interact
with people more… when you are on your bicycle. Welcome to Arnhem!

23 comments on “Cycling in Arnhem (Netherlands)

  1. Hey! Finally made it to Arnhem. I know you look at multiple cities in the Netherlands, but I always get annoyed when foreign people look at countries/cities around the world for good bike infrastructure and they look at the Netherlands, that they mostly focus on Amsterdam or MAYBE Utrecht, because I feel like especially with Amsterdam, Amsterdam is a terrible city to look at for good bike infrastructure, I mean don't get me wrong it's good and I can imagine for foreigners it's great since they are totally not used to bike Infrastructure, but if we were to look at all of the Netherlands, Amsterdam really isn't that great compared to other, maybe smaller cities.

    It's like looking at New York and thinking that represents the USA, it's a good starting location but far from a typical city.

  2. Woohoo, finally one about my hometown 👍 Though I don't think it's one of your best video's. (sorry) Anyway, if you ever decide to come back and give it another try 😉, then for starters, uum.. pick a sunny day in may or june maybe to do justice to the city that was chosen 'Greenest city of Europe' twice? A tip: visit the 'Steenstraat' in the centre of Arnhem (yup, that street from the Monoply board game). The Steenstraat is a lively and busy one-way street for cars and at the same time a two-way street for cyclists.. with no bike lanes nor any pavement markings at all. (yes, this was done on purpose, there is a philosophy behind it) Just sit down at the terrace of the lunchroom late afternoon (next to the Italian ice cream parlour) and let yourself be entertained 🙂. It's a funny example of 'shared space' with total anarchy where car drivers challenge cyclists who are trying to show the drivers that they are still the boss in the street. As a bike commuter I gladly join that game in the Steenstraat twice a day.

  3. Hey there, can you do a few videos about less populated cities like in the northern part of the Netherlands for example? Frisian cities have great infrastructure as well, Sneek for example.

  4. First thing I notice….
    No trash pollution.
    No advertising signs obliterating the natural ambiance of the areas..
    No honking horns. Loud traffic….
    Not like urban USA.

  5. I suppose traffic accidents involving bicycles are less frequent than other parts of the world because of all the infrastructure to compliment biking. But I got a little concerned when I realized that almost no one was wearing a helmet. Not even the children.

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