Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on November 2nd, 2005 at 2:17 pm
[This post is from BikePortland.org international correspondent, Jessica Roberts of the BTA. She’s in Amsterdam with a delegation of Portland bike advocates. More info on their trip can be found here.]
Hello, friendly Portland cyclists! We’re here looking at bicycling programs and infrastructure, meeting with many bicycle professionals–planners, education specialists, consultants, and safety experts. Here’s a taste of some of the extraordinary things we’ve seen so far:
- A city in the north of the Netherlands, Groningen, where 50% of trips are made by bike!
- Bike racks in front of every house in some neighborhoods
- Special bridges all over the place for bikes and pedestrians
- Bike parking under, in and around a train station in Utrecht, as far as the eye can see. They’re building a new high-security bike parking garage under the train station to house 15,000 bikes, and they still don’t think that will be enough
It’s amazing! If you love bikes, being here feels like going to heaven! Take care, more reports to come!