High speed on cycle paths, part 2

Published on 6 February 2014 by Hilary Staples

When is an e-bike a bike and when does it become a moped? In part 2 of our series High speed on Dutch cycle paths we look at the legal status of the e-bike


High speed on cycle paths, part 1

Published on 22 January 2014 by Hilary Staples

In recent years Holland has seen a growing number of cycling accidents, mostly involving only one cyclist. This increase is greatest among elderly cyclists. The e-bike, which allows elderly cyclists to ride more and faster too, is thought to be to blame.


The bike light vending machine

Published on 12 December 2013 by Hilary Staples

It’s dark, your bike lights are broken, you're far from home. Do you risk riding home without lights? Not if it’s up to the Dutch Cyclists’ Union. Their solution is simple: a bike light vending machine.


Cycling through a Van Gogh painting

Published on 2 December 2013 by Hilary Staples

Holland is to get the world’s first glow-in-the-dark cycle path in 2014. The design was inspired by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.


Bicycle helmet - compulsory or not?

Published on 19 November 2013 by Hilary Staples

Bicycle helmets are not compulsory in Holland. Don’t the Dutch care about the safety of their cyclists, or are there better ways of protecting cyclists?


Tour de France 2015 to start in Utrecht

Published on 8 November 2013 by Hilary Staples

The Tour de France 2015 is to start in the Dutch town of Utrecht, the organisers of the world’s biggest cycling race announced on Friday.


Bringing Dutch bike culture to Britain

Published on 26 October 2013 by Hilary Staples

Can the Dutch bike culture help reduce traffic congestion in Britain? BBC correspondent Anna Holligan cycled from The Hague to London to find out if Britain could and should be going Dutch.


Campaign against smartphones on bike

Published on 3 August 2013 by Hilary Staples

Internetting on your bicycle - should it be allowed? At the moment using a smartphone on the bike is legal in Holland. But should it remain so? Next month VVN will be launching a campaign against all use of the smartphone in traffic, especially focusing on cyclists.


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