Dutch Perspective on US Cycling Infrastructure

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but about a month ago, Streetsblog posted a video from Bicycle Dutch that criticizes many elements of bicycling and bicycle infrastructure in the U.S. Now, before you get too huffy, the critique is quite fair in many ways and speaks to the dramatic differences between the experiences of cyclists in the U.S. and those in much of Europe and especially places like The Netherlands or Denmark.In the U.S., as the video’s narrator points out, cyclists are forced to ride with a lot of motorized traffic, which contributes to the feeling that everyone is racing around. On the other hand, in Denmark, most bike infrastructure is separated from traffic and the general feel is much more relaxed. However, the video does end on a positive note with some predictions for a good future for cycling in the U.S. I agree, and as more and more bike infrastructure goes into U.S. cities, cycling will improve, but there is plenty of work to be done!

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