New year, new policies

Oliebollen in Utrecht

New Years Eve is the same day as “Old Year’s Day” as it is called in the Netherlands. The name says a lot about the point of view, do we have to look back, or shall we look forward? As my bicycles don’t have mirrors (well, my recumbent has one, but I only ride it twice per year), I prefer to look forward. So, I am looking forward and excited about what we will have for cycling in 2018!

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Tracing the daily peloton

These days the city of Utrecht is the epicentre of roadrace cycling as the city hosts Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France. With Utrecht being the navel of the cycling world, it is amazing to see how much efforts are made to make everything going smooth. Parts of the city were renovated, like the Mariaplaats, where car space was removed to give space for terraces and promenading people. Other parts will have their complete make-over after the Tour, the parcours was a good excuse to temporary remove obstacles and rethink the design of important junctions. Also the Tour itself is a masterpiece of technique and knowledge. When the 198 racers will have their individual time trial over 13,8 kilometers, the differences will be measured on the spot in milliseconds and broadcasted for 3,5 billion spectators in 190 countries all over the world. What a difference when the daily peloton takes over the streets of Utrecht again when the professionals leave the city!

Tonights team presentation will take place in park Lepelenburg, a beautiful lawn to hang out with friends.

Tonights team presentation will take place in park Lepelenburg, a beautiful lawn to hang out with friends, and easy accesible by bike.

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Desire lines made in asphalt

The University of Utrecht had build new a office for the faculties of Science, Geosciences and Biomedical Sciences. The building was named after the prominent biologist Victor J. Koningsberger and has three lecture halls, offices, a cantina and an underlying garage (on street level) for 1,650 bicycles. More pictures of the building itself can be found at the website of the architects Ector Hoogstad.

Main cycleway to the University

Main cycleway to the University, sign shows the new bike garage

As a building site at the ever growing university complex isn’t special, it was the outdoor zone that attracted my attention. The campus was planned in the 1950s and is known by it’s grid structure and it’s straight lines. See for more history this nice blogpost of Mark Wagenbuur. But the entrance paths to the new bicycle garage set new standards for real curvy lines at the campus! Continue reading