Why Can’t We Have Glow-in-the-Dark Highways Like the Netherlands? slate, 04.01.13.
you’ve probably watched that video / read the news about this already earlier this week, but..
they’re doing this for cycle tracks, too, in the Netherlands!
I couldn’t embed the bbc video so I put up the highway one instead, but watch it here: Dutch try heated cycle tracks and glow in the dark roads.
yeeah geothermal energy! and proper cost/benefit analysis! it would be cool to have those wind-activated lights like they’re planning for alongside highways, but cyclists probably won’t be going too fast to activate them.
nice direct cycle paths for wheelchair/handbike/adaptive bike users instead of being forced on sidewalks with badly placed utility boxes and dangerous ups-and-downs of ada curbs (or worse, lack of them).
interesting: the NL had bike lanes and bike boxes in the 80s. Now in the US cities are fighting for bike lanes. and cities that already have bike lanes are trying to get some extra safety via bike boxes and the like. So the US is about 30 years behind the NL. reason to visit the Netherlands: “I’m going to the future.”
In English the Dutch will say things like: “Cyclists in the Netherlands do not wear special clothes for cycling” (because in their minds only ‘racers’ do that). And “No cyclist in the Netherlands wears a helmet” (since only sports cyclists do). Forgetting that in English cyclist is a more generic term than fietser in Dutch is.
good un-confusing article explaining the difference in meanings of “cyclist” and “fietser” in english and dutch. bicycledutch, 28.05.12.
JFK Protected Bike Lanes Get Seal of Approval From the Bike-Savvy Dutch.
“People have to feel safe on their bikes, and these kinds of bike lanes are very helpful,” said Bolhuis, Consulate General of the Netherlands. “The most important thing is that it will create safety, and the feeling of safety, for other kinds of bicyclists as well — mothers with children, elderly people — and that’s something we have to establish in this city, not only for the brave, but also for the people who want to bike in nature, or to school.”