Topic archives: Netherlands

Can Melbourne be the new Amsterdam?

Can Melbourne be the new Amsterdam?

September 5, 2017 13

It’s an appealing meme, but the idea Australian cities could replicate the experience of Amsterdam if only they had the political will is harder than it might look

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

August 9, 2017 4

It seems an attractive idea, but the 20-minute city is more about marketing than substantive policy. Of course politicians love it; the rest of us have no excuse for being gullible

Do motorways help make cycling safer?

Do motorways help make cycling safer?

December 13, 2016 3

Segregating bicycles from vehicles is universally recognised as a key safety practice; one way it's achieved in the Netherlands is by pushing through traffic on to motorways

Why do more cyclists on the road mean fewer riders die?

Why do more cyclists on the road mean fewer riders die?

November 7, 2016 2

More cyclists on the roads is associated with fewer fatal crashes. The safety in numbers effect might be part of the explanation but there are others that are arguably more important

Why was cycling for transport slow to get moving?

Why was cycling for transport slow to get moving?

May 17, 2016 1

Cycling as a means of transport was largely ignored by policy-makers in Australian cities until relatively recently but the work of early activists like the late Alan Parker was crucial

Is cycling so successful in Amsterdam because it’s as flat as a pancake?

November 24, 2015 17

Infrastructure is often cited as the explanation for Amsterdam's astonishingly high bicycle use. And so it is, but what gets overlooked is topography. Hilly cities can't do as well

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

August 17, 2015 4

Back in 1951, public transport still dominated the journey to work in Australian cities. For example, it accounted for more than half of work trips in Melbourne; only 20% of workers commuted by car

How big was cycling in Australia in the past?

How big was cycling in Australia in the past?

March 15, 2015 11

Cycling in Australia was much bigger historically - 10% mode share during WW2 - than it is now, but it's never come anywhere near the past and present popularity of cycling in the Netherlands

Time for government to act on crazy cocktail of bicycles and cars

Time for government to act on crazy cocktail of bicycles and cars

March 27, 2014 13

For a while it was getting safer for cyclists on the roads but now there's evidence riding is getting more dangerous again, says guest writer Jeremy Dore. Governments are responding much too slowly

Are Dutch motorists strictly liable if they collide with cyclists?

Are Dutch motorists strictly liable if they collide with cyclists?

June 13, 2013 9

There’s a common view that a key reason cycling is so popular in The Netherlands is because motorists are strictly liable for damages in the event they collide with a cyclist. But is it true?