Fascinating video below about how Holland became one of the top countries for cycle use in the world (and also the safest).
The interesting thing is that in the post war period
- the Netherlands experienced many changes other countries did
- rise in wealth – increased numbers of cars
- City centres became clogged with traffic
- New Developments promoted heavy car use.
- Limited cycle facilities neglected or removed
- Cycle use rapidly fell as the motorist gained the upper hand and cycling became more dangerous.
This change sounds very familiar to other countries like US and UK (cycle rates by country)
The difference is that, in the 1970s, in many Dutch cities there was a concerted effort to build proper integrated cycle paths and limit car use in city centres.