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What can Chicago learn about cycling from the Netherlands?

What can Chicago learn about cycling from the Netherlands?

Biking with a friend in Amsterdam. Photo: John Greenfield Ald. Matt Martin (47th) and some of his staff recently took a bike tour of the…

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Biking with a friend in Amsterdam. Photo: John Greenfield Ald. Matt Martin (47th) and some of his staff recently took a bike tour of the ward with some members of the Dutch consulate to discuss strategies for improving traffic safety in the district. Bart Twaalfhoven, consul general of the Netherlands in the Midwest, took part in that ride. I recently sat down with him to discuss some of the differences between the Netherlands and Chicago when it comes to road safety.Bart started out by sharing a bit of history on how the Netherlands, which was once a relatively car-centric place, became a cycling Mecca where there are now more bikes than people. Great ride with @AldMattMartin & team to see 47th ward cycling infra and talk topics like the Leland Greenway, a potential Clark St. protected lane, & coordination. The Netherlands didn’t become a cycling nation overnight – happy to chip in with the perspective where needed. https://t.co/0awxTIwtb0 pic.twitter.com/lWFQlnL1qu — Bart Twaalfhoven (@NLinChicago) July 27, 2022 Bart Twaalfhoven : The uptick of cycling was started by the oil crisis 50 years ago. We were helped by the fact that we’re a very flat country and many of our cities were built around a church with small streets and a large wall to keep out invaders. Many of people’s daily needs were met within a short distance of their home. We were kind of forced to use bikes due to the oil crisis but we also saw it as an […]

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