The Dutch experience of cycling


Last week the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment published the latest figures of traffic mobility in the Netherlands.

The document “Mobiliteitsbalans 2011” has a summary in English (from page 123), in which we can read the following interesting facts.

Following remarkable growth in the 1980s and 1990s, the total amount of national mobility of people in the Netherlands has not increased since 2005. This particularly applies to car use.


Half of all journeys in the Netherlands were undertaken using cars; a quarter by bicycle; one in five by foot; and one in 20 by public transport. Of the total amount of kilometres travelled, car use accounts for nearly three-quarters of this total, while public transport accounts for 13 percent and bicycles for 8 percent. This division of journeys among the various transport modes has remained relatively constant over the past 10 years. Approximately half of…

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