Sunday, 17 July 2016

Cycling Dutchman Blog

The Cycling Dutchman Blog provides information about some special high-quality cycling guidebooks by Cycling Dutchman Eric van der Horst. The books Cycling in Amsterdam and The Netherlands and London-Land's End Cycle Route are both for sale via this website. 


Cycling in  Amsterdam and The Netherlands - The very best routes in the cyclist's paradise makes you travel beyond Dutch cliches like clogs, windmills and the Amsterdam red light district, allowing you to truly explore the lowlands. The book features 1064 kms of routes and has special chapters explaining the unique Dutch cycling-minded traffic rules and its cycle route signage systems; 164 pages, colour, wiro bound, fits in standard handlebar bag.

Buy it now and also receive GPS-tracks of all routes!

The London - Land's End Cycle Route Book is designed for those who LOVE cycling, but don't like traffic. The book takes you onto the most beautiful cycle routes of southern England, including the Camel Trail, Devon Coast to Coast Route, Bristol and Bath Railway path, Thames Valley route and many more! What makes the book unique is that the route is completely continuous, including detailed directions and local knowledge all the way. Get inspired; choose your favourite route sections or go for a full summer holiday adventure; 164 pages, colour, wiro bound, fits in standard handlebar bag.

Buy it now and also receive GPS-tracks of all routes!

On the Cycling Dutchman Blog you can also browse various cycling articles written between 2011 and 2016. During this period, Eric van der Horst was an active campaigning for better cycle infrastructure in the United Kingdom. The articles provide a wealth of information and may inspire you to campaign for better conditions for cycling where you live!

Explaining Dutch cycling infrastructure:

When talking cycle infrastructure, people often get confused. What is a cycle path and what is a cycle lane? And why are the Dutch versions of these so superior and safe to use in comparison to what they call "cycle paths" and "cycle lanes" in the United Kingdom? Cycle paths and cycle lanes; the full story!

British racing cyclists often see cycle paths as a threat to their freedom to use the roads (and given the poor state of British cycle paths, we understand this fear!). But what if cycle paths were of Dutch quality? At the same time, in The Netherlands, many cycle journeys are still on-roadSharing the road or segregated cycle paths? Well it is both!

3 pm; a Dutch school ground is full with parents, waiting to collect their children. It will be mayhem on the road outside of the school, right? Cars parked illegally, exhaust fumes, engine noises, hardly a place to walk, a lollipop lady trying to maintain order in the chaos; a school bus reversing into some kids? At a Dutch School Run, it is a different story...

Have you ever tried to follow the signs of a cycle route in England? You are on "National Cycle Route" 4, but where will it take you? And even if you now the destination of the route, can you trust the signs will get you there all the way? Probably not. Fortunately the Dutch understand the relevance of good signage

Why do British roads always look as they were built for cars only? That has to do with the center road line with its long strokes, making the drivers comfy in their lane. Many British roads could be much more pleasant to cycle if the the center road line was removed. Lower speeds and more shared space by just a different lick of paint!

The cycle helmet; it is the biggest distraction from real safe cycling conditions. For over four decades, the people of car-dominated societies have been brainwashed with the myth. The helmet keeps being a good excuse for governments to do nothing to make cycling conditions safer. You won't fool the Dutch! The Cycling Dutchman on helmets

Another myth popular in car-dominated societies. "Cyclists should pay road tax". Indeed, the burden on society by people on bikes is enormous and should be heavily taxed! Or not? If you really compare the costs for society of both driving and cycling, you'll come to very different conclusions. And the funny thing is; even the Dutch have been there! Why tax on bicycle-ownership is nonsense

Dutch cycling culture:

The mountain bike is pretty much the standard bike model in many countries, but is this style of bike suitable for daily journeys? Are these convenient for commuting or for a trip to the the shops or do they just cause back pains? Guest blogger Berno Brosschot explains the benefits of Dutch bikesQuality bikes: the missing link in the UK

Bike theft has always been a problem in The Netherlands. The many unattractive clunkers you still see being used in large Dutch cities are mainly used to reduce the risk of theft, but the situation is not that bleak these days. Guarded bike parks can be found all over the place and there is always the convenience of the Dutch bike lock

The bicycle is at the heart of Dutch daily life. The fear in the night that your bike lights may not work, the benefits of having small children on a rainy bike ride or just giving the love of your life a lift on the back of your bike. The Dutch have hit their charts with great bike lyrics, but what is the ultimate Dutch bike song? Looking for the Dutch equivalent of Queen's Bicycle Race

Many Dutch people assume that the bicycle has always been at the heart of their nation, but it took incredibly long for the Dutch to fall in love with the bike. Also, a lot of social unrest took place before The Netherlands became truly cycle-friendly. American writer Pete Jordan was the first to embark on a study on how Amsterdam came to be The City of Bikes.

The recumbent bike is a well established bike concept in The Netherlands. You'll see them regularly, probably up to a couple per day, depending where you cycle (they are less popular in urban areas). It doesn't happen every day though thay you'll face a banana bike. Guest blogger Wytze Bijleveld explains the joys of riding a banana bike.


Every year the National Cycling Holiday Fair opens its doors to more than 20,000 Dutch cycling holiday enthusiasts. Every European country proudly presents itself to get its share of the Dutch love for international cycle touring. Every country, except Britain that is. Read how I solely acted as representative for the UK for five years and meet The Netherlands' most eccentric cycling characters of the Cycling Holiday Fair Amsterdam. 

Dutch bike rides:

A great advantage of holiday cycling in The Netherlands is that there is so much route variety available within reasonably short distances. I try to reflect this with the routes in my guidebook and while I was compiling the guidebook routes for you, I also wondered; if I had to make a selection; what would be the 12 best bike rides of The Netherlands?

If you have just arrived in Amsterdam and start cycling there for the first time in your life, you'll feel overwhelmed. Cycling on the right hand side, those very different road layouts. but most of all, the pace of the average Amsterdam cyclist. Stay away from the rush of the locals and join The Ultimate Amsterdam Bike Ride, as featured in my guidebook

A lot has been written and said about London's "Cycling Super Highways". To a Dutch person, just the name "cycling super highway" sounds ridiculous. We take you on one of Amsterdam's many cycling commuter routes, as featured in our guidebook. It doesn't even have a name, but is 100% off-road, despite the busy area it travels through. Amsterdam's East Corridor; a "cycling super highway"?

You love cycle touring and have done so all your life. Or you just have become a regular cyclist and start to be hungry for more. But, you also have two young children. Can you still follow your dreams? Guest blogger Tom Burslem tells the tale of how he and his partner embarked on an international cycling holiday with toddlers in The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.

Scenic towns, beautiful beaches, impressive flood barriers and great vistas from the famous Dutch dykes. Heading away from cities like Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, you'll really get a feel for rural cycling in The Netherlands. We take a close up of the Southern Route in our guidebook by Cycling the Dutch West Cape.

Cycle beyond Dutch cliches like clogs, windmills and the Amsterdam red light district. The guidebook Cycling in Amsterdam and The Netherlands - The very best routes in the cyclist's paradise truly allows you to explore the lowlands. Read about the origins and enjoy the full spec of this unique book: Cycling in Amsterdam and The Netherlands - The second edition  

Dutch style bike rides in the United Kingdom:

Back in 1995, I cycled across London from north to south and perhaps I spotted three other cyclists over the two days that it took me. Twenty years on, cycling in London has changed a lot and can be a joy! My London East-West Cycle Route, as published in my guidebook, keeps you away from the rushed locals and busy main roads, showing the British capital at its best. London by bicycle: The East-West Cycle Route 

If you fancy an easy cycling mini-break, also suitable for families, you may want to cycle from Bristol into the Somerset Levels. My guidebook provides a continuous enjoyable traffic-calmed route, easy to do over two to three days. Cycle under the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, enjoy the views over the Bristol Channel and cycle via famous Cheddar! Cycling mini-break: from Bristol into the Somerset Levels

Our London - Land's End Cycle Route Book is designed for those who love cycling, but don't like traffic. The book takes you onto the most beautiful cycle routes of southern England, including the Camel Trail, Devon Coast to Coast Route, Bristol and Bath Railway path, Thames Valley route and many more! What makes the book unique is that the route is completely continuous, including detailed directions and local knowledge all the wayRead about the origins and enjoy the full spec of the London-Land's End Cycle Route.


The Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route remains one of Engeland's best developed cycle routes, but it is still relatively unknown. Over the years, we have taken various initiatives ourselves to change this. We developed our Devon Coast to Coast package holiday, included the route in the London-Land's End Cycle Route book, produced a YouTube video and also guided various travel writers onto the route over the years. Cycling Devon Coast to Coast with German and Swiss journalists

You may have heard about the Tour de Manche cycle route; developed by local authorities on both the English and French sides of the English Channel and part-funded by the European Union, some great cycle routes have been developed. The information available about the routes can be sketchy, so this article tries to reveal some mysteries and to show the legacy of the project; Cycling around the English Channel

Further travels with the Cycling Dutchman:

The Tour de France is the world's biggest cycle race. The performance of its riders can be legendary. The event keeps sparking the imaginations for many people. If you love cycling, you must take on a classic stretch at least once in your life. I did so too. On the occasion of the 100th edition of "Le Tour", I wrote about my own Tour de France encounters.

In 2002, I cycled the longest ride of my life, an adventure of 5000 miles cycling coast to coast in America. This ride is still vivid in my memories and I can still take inspiration and energy of this cycling odyssey when dealing with challenges of today's life. In 2012, I celebrated the 10th anniversary of this ride, browsing through pictures of the past. Enjoy my America Coast to Coast 10 Year Anniversary

It is difficult to let somebody experience what it is like to be on a long-distance bicycle journey. It is difficult to explain to a non-rider how you can become "part of the landscape" and how the daily routines of arranging food and shelter at the end of a day's ride can be a wonderful experience. The film "The Straight Story" about a man who travels two American states on a lawn mower shows what can't be said; The spirit of cycle touring: The Straight Story

The 2012 Olympic Games in London are now a distant memory for many. Many may have already forgotten that Weymouth was also part of the Olympic line-up, hosting the sailing events. Having tickets for the viewing platforms on Nothe Hill, my family unit decided to cycle to the event. This is the report on our bike ride to the Olympics.

The Cycling Dutchman at work on other levels:

Besides my guide book writing, I have been very active as a cycling infrastructure campaigner between 2011 and 2016. I have been involved in various projects either as (paid) surveyor/consultant or volunteering campaigner. An overview of my activities in this field can be found in this blog on campaigning for cycling in the UK.


Another area in which I worked hard for cycling in the UK is the development of Bikeability for school children. I have worked as a professional instructor since 2008 and have set up various projects and schemes, mainly in Devon. For many years, I have delivered and organised courses via the Westcountry Cycle Training co-operative. This is my story on the power of Bikeability.   

Sunday, 1 May 2016

A Dutch “Cycling Super Highway”: Amsterdam’s East Corridor

A lot has been written and said about London’s Cycling Super Highways. Various sections are still lethal to use, but there is gradually more good cycle path design appearing in Britain's capital city, thanks to relentless efforts by the people of the London Cycling Campaign. The Thames Embankment section opened in 2015 and shows how it should be done (see picture). The “good stuff” is still very localised though, especially if you take the whole country into account.

In many other places in Britain, a person on a bicycle remains a pariah of society. You don’t have to go far on a London Cycling Super Highway to experience that (see picture). Just the name Cycling Super Highway keeps making me laugh. Even at its very best, we are just talking “cycle paths”. The Dutch never call their cycle paths “super highways”. The Dutch routes are still by far superior though and truly deserve this name!

There are many worthy “cycling super highways” to cycle in and out of Amsterdam. In this article I focus on just one of these; the East Corridor. It is just a name I have given myself, as all Dutch “cycling super highways” are doing their excellent jobs anonymously. When still working for Dutch television, I cycled this route regularly from home to the TV-studios at Artis Zoo. Let’s get on that  bike together and appreciate its quality and continuity...

0.0 km: Our journey starts on the N236 national road in Driemond village. The eye catches immediately the excellent information signs. You could literally just go anywhere on your bike from here and it would just be as smooth and comfortable as the route we are going to experience now.

3.7 km: The cycle path next to the N236 national road keeps us away from the fast moving traffic on the main carriageway for its full length, on smooth tarmac and with plenty of riverside park views, on the edge of the vast Amsterdam South East “Bijlmermeer” development. Motorised traffic on the N236 is light these days, as motorways A1 and A9 carry most of today’s traffic, but I can recall the days when this road was hammered with heavy traffic, easy to avoid by the off-road path.

4.9 km: The continuous cycle path has now taken us into Diemen industrial estate. When I used to make my commutes here, the cycle path was still paved (as the side walk still is). The new tarmac of the cycle path shows the continued commitment to cycling by Amsterdam City Council. There is more to it than just a new surface. Although priority over turning traffic in and out of driveways has been established in The Netherlands for many years, the new design makes it impossible for drivers to turn on high speed across the cycle path. Drivers have to move up a dropped kerb now, rather than being able to make the turn on street-level.

5.8 km: Amsterdam has over 1500 canal bridges and this is just one of them. With the bridge being up we even get a better view of the typical Dutch main road lay-out with its separated traffic flows. In the foreground on the cycle path, you can just notice how I am bound to turn with my Bike City rental bike onto the bridge. The typical Dutch shark teeth in the path surface show how we have to give way here to users on the other cycle path before turning right.

6.3 km: The cycle path takes us under exit 13 of the Amsterdam orbital motorway. One press on the button at the lights ensures that people on bicycles never get dangerously close to that HGV turning onto the motorway. This infrastructure is so safe to use that even “gray oldies” don’t even think twice about going into town by bike. They do it without thinking. On lucky days, they don’t even have to stop at these lights, as the green light for cyclists appears every couple of minutes anyhow, without having to press that button.

7.1 km: We are now on the Middenweg Road in the Watergraafsmeer district, heading towards Amsterdam’s city centre. The scene is becoming more urban, with drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all doing their thing in their own comfort. Note this cycle path is a one-way. For travel in the opposite direction, you would use identical facilities on the other side of the main carriageway. Naturally, pedestrians can enjoy their own wide pavements on both sides of the road, regardless the direction they want to walk!

8.6 km: We have arrived at a typical Dutch urban intersection. Until well in the 1980s, this particular junction had a dual carriageway arriving here, with three lanes for cars queuing for the lights. This is a location where the Dutch cycling revolution of the 1970s truly shows its legacy. Thirty years ago, this particular junction had a layout similar as many junctions in the UK still have today. By giving priority to cycling, walking and public transport, these modes of transport have become much more appealing then driving. You won’t drive into Amsterdam by car today, unless you really have to!

9.8 km: See them all go! The leading man in this group of cyclists may be suspicious about a ferocious cycling campaigner taking a picture from the road-side, but he is simply not aware of the unique infrastructure arrangements of his country. Young and old, see them all paddle away, healthy, safely and in full comfort. No lycra, no high-vis, no helmets; just cycling to work or school. If the same people in this picture had travelled by car, at least five more cars would have been clogging the roads, polluting the air and filling lots of public space with their metal boxes on wheels…

10.5 km: We are approaching our destination now. This is Plantage Middellaan Road, next to Artis Zoo. What I like about this picture is how the available public space is utilised to the max. Walking, cycling, bike parking, car parking, driving, public transport; it all fits in that space together and they even didn’t need to get rid of the old line of trees to make it happen. Many roads in the UK have similar space available, but it keeps being dominated by motorised traffic. If “wasted space” was utilised with vision and dedication, the provision of real transport choice would be in reach for many people in Britain too.

10.7 km: Arrived. Mulling over “the good old days” when I was a youngster, working at the TV Studio next to Artis Zoo. When I worked here and made this seven-mile commute two days a week, I didn't think much of it. I never went by car. I went by train and tram, or by train and by foot, or cycled. Of all available choices, I found the bike the most convenient way, an enjoyable half an hour of fresh air. Even back in the 1990s, away from the obvious, but safe crossings at junctions, this cycle route was 100% off-road. In other countries, they may call it a Cycling Super Highway!

Cycle Amsterdam's "East Corridor" with a "Cycling Dutchman" guidebook:

Cycling in  Amsterdam and The Netherlands - The very best routes in the cyclist's paradise makes you travel beyond Dutch cliches like clogs, windmills and the Amsterdam red light district, allowing you to truly explore the lowlands. The book features 1064 kms of routes and has special chapters explaining the unique Dutch cycling-minded traffic rules and its cycle route signage systems; 164 pages, colour, wiro bound, fits in standard handlebar bag.

Buy it now and also receive GPS-tracks of all routes!

The London - Land's End Cycle Route Book is designed for those who LOVE cycling, but don't like traffic. The book takes you onto the most beautiful cycle routes of southern England, including the Camel Trail, Devon Coast to Coast Route, Bristol and Bath Railway path, Thames Valley route and many more! What makes the book unique is that the route is completely continuous, including detailed directions and local knowledge all the way. Get inspired; choose your favourite route sections or go for a full summer holiday adventure; 164 pages, colour, wiro bound, fits in standard handlebar bag.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Tax on bicycle-ownership; even the Nazis got rid of it!

We live in a precarious time age. “It is all about money, money”. At the same time, numbers of cycling participation are on the rise and as a result, also the call for better cycling conditions. These two cycling movements seem to infuriate various small-minded people around the world who can’t think beyond the safe confinements of their own car. Whether they are a politician, celebrity, a “letter-writer to the editor-pages” or just a grumpy old man, there is that claim again: “cyclists should pay road tax!”

The people who shout this forget that they don’t pay road tax either, as such a thing doesn't exist.  Whether you drive, cycle or walk on the public highway; nobody pays road tax! People get taxed on car-ownership and the tax rate is based on engine size, fuel type and the amount of C02 emissions. The DVLA (The British Driver andVehicle Licensing Agency) publishes these rates via tables and the Department for Transport itself responses generally that “if we required cyclists to be register and carry number plates we’d have to do the same for pedestrians”. Cycling campaigner Carlton Reid runs a dedicated website to fight the claim that cyclists should pay road tax, supported by lots of evidence against the short-sighted ridicule of the claim.

To illustrate this, I thought it might be fun to make a calculation for tax on my own bicycle, based on the fees I pay for my vehicle, just to see how much I had to pay for my bike if it was indeed to be taxed. By doing so, I will be completely ignoring that my bicycle doesn’t generate harmful CO2 emissions, doesn’t have an engine and doesn’t need fuel. So let’s forget all these things and have a look at my own car.

Now; my car is an environmental time bomb! It weighs 2260 kg (gross weight), has a 2.5 Turbo Diesel engine and was built in 1996. Not exactly what you expected from a cyclist who “doesn’t pay road tax”?  Well, here is the surprise for “road tax”-campaigners; most people who ride bikes own cars and pay taxes too! If you see a cyclist on the road, chances are high this person made a deliberate, practical choice not to drive, but to cycle on that particular journey. And, hey; that is good for the environment, good for personal health, good for the wallet (no fossil fuel burning) and good for those still driving, as there is a car less clogging up the roads at that moment!

So why do I have such a tank to take the road? Well, there are various reasons, but one of the reasons is that this vehicle can take my family unit and all our bikes to a place where we want to go on a bike ride. Stop there. From a Dutch perspective, this sounds odd; why would you go in a car to be able to cycle? This is what a road network with hostile cycling conditions does to a “Cycling Dutchman”. I never owned a car when I lived in The Netherlands, but as everything in Britain seems to be designed for driving only, I had to up my game; sad isn’t it?

My latest DVLA-bill states £230 vehicle tax for a full year, so let’s now compare the impact of my car to the impact of my bicycle on the road network and calculate my bike tax proportionally. I think we all agree that weight should be a factor, as the heavier something is, the more it will wear out the road surface. The average bicycle weighs under 15 kg, so the average bicycle is 150 times lighter than my car, which creates a “bicycle tax” of £1.53 per year per bike.

Another factor to take in is that a car does much more annual mileage than a bicycle. The estimated average mileage per car in England was 7,900 miles in 2014. To come up with such a figure for bike riding is harder. Bicycles get mostly used for journeys of three miles or less, so let’s take a three mile one-way commute for five days a week, fifty weeks a year. That gives us a total mileage of 1500 miles. If we also allow 40 miles per weekend for twenty weekends a year (sunny leisure rides), this will add 500 miles to our grant total, bringing the mileage per bicycle to 2000 miles per year. Most bikes will get much less use, but let’s take this figure of 2000 miles. Comparing it to the estimated average mileage per car in England, I come to the conclusion that my proposed bike tax rate has to be reduced further with the factor of 3, 95. My £1.53 rate of the previous paragraph comes then further down to £0.39 per bike per year!

The next factor we need to talk is the occupancy of public space. With a bicycle, you simply need much less space than with a car. I can simply demonstrate this with a picture of 8 bicycles chained up together, taking less than half a space a parked car would need. I could now simply divide the figure of the previous paragraph by 16, but let's be generous. To keep myself safe when cycling on the road, I am sometimes forced to claim the whole width of the lane, but my bicycle is still about twice as short as a car. I think it is justifiable to reduce my subtotal of the previous paragraph by half. So, if “bicycle tax” was to be introduced, a fair tax rate, in proportion with current UK vehicle tax rates, would be less than £0.20 per year per bicycle. Don’t you think we are saddling up Mr Tax Man with a hopeless and unprofitable job?

Funny enough, in the cycling paradise of The Netherlands, exactly such a ridiculous bicycle tax was in effect between 1924 and 1941. In the book In the City of Bikes, American author Pete Jordan vividly describes how impractical this tax was. Bike owners had to pay three Dutch guilders per year at the post office. In return they received a copper plate, imprinted with the current tax year, to be affixed to the bike and replaced annually. Immediately after the tax was introduced, thieves started to pry the plates from bikes and counterfeiters produced fakes, all to be sold on the black market.

At the same time, eagle-eyed police offers were needed to enforce the tax. They were posted at busy cycling junctions during rush hour and faced an impossible task. Those who didn't cough up the required fee (or the discounted fee on the black market) could simply escape from the police checks by walking the bike, telling the officials to be on his or her way to the post office to pay the tax. The whole thing was just a farce. When the highly effectively organised Nazi powers took charge of the lowlands during WWII, one of the first things they abandoned was this much-hated bike tax. Given the facts that the Nazi regime invented the Autobahn, was promoting driving as the means of transport for the future and actually detested the Dutch cyclists (see again Jordan's book), this was pretty surprising. The Nazis were far too practical to keep something ineffective like this going!

It is also interesting to have a look at why the bike tax in The Netherlands was introduced. In the book In the City of Bikes, it is also explained how the Dutch discovered the bicycle as means of transport in the early 1920s, perhaps comparable in the same massive way how Londoners have re-discovered the bicycle in recent years. Videos of mass-cycling in Camden today provide images not far off from the cycling crowds in Amsterdam’s Leidse Straat in 1924 (see picture). Although the total number of cars in The Netherlands was very low, the image of “cyclists being in the way of drivers” started to appear in Dutch media and in Dutch policy making circles. Today’s “cyclists-should-pay-road-tax”-claim seems to go with the same emotional sentiments as in the Dutch 1920s. Also, these claims made by minorities seem to receive a similar out-of-proportion attention by media and authorities.

Infringing cyclists’ rights by authorities on demand by an influential minority became common in The Netherlands of the 1920s. For example, in 1927 it was officially proposed to ban cycling from Amsterdam’s most popular shopping street, just to make way for on-road car parking. One Amsterdam cyclist responded: “Despite all our democratic airs, a delusion is now developing in the heads of our authorities and of ourselves; the idea that ten cyclists are less important than a single motorist. Therefore, cyclists of Amsterdam, unite. It is about time!” The person who wrote this probably won’t have lived to experience the Dutch cycling revolution of the 1970s (see picture), but his/her words are still very valid today, even if it was to fight a couple of small-minded people shouting loudly for “road tax for cyclists”.

Let's be frank, we all love the convenience and luxery of our cars, but the burden motorised traffic has on our society and planet is enormous. Harmful emissions are an important contributor to global warming and are also bad for human’s health. Just look at the interactive air map of London to see in how many places the PM10 particle pollution is beyond the annual set limits. According to Asthma UK, one in five British homes has someone living with asthma. 

Also, the driving culture is a main contributor to inactivity and obesity. The Association of Directors of PublicHealth expects the nationwide expense on obesity-related health issues to be £20 bn per year by 2020. The UK has one of the lowest levels of children walking or cycling to school in Europe, with shocking percentages of pedestrian road fatalities. I am not even writing about traffic noise affecting mental health and the amount of public space our “King Car” absorbs in town and city centres. The ability to keep a road network with so many cars on the move comes with an enormous public expense. These costs are never show in full when comparing it with the cost for the creation of good facilities for walking, cycling and public transport. In summary, taking in all factors, whether we like it or not, if there is one means of transport which should be taxed, it is the driving

You do not need to pay vehicle-, bicycle- or road tax when cycling with our "Cycling Dutchman" guidebooks:

Cycling in  Amsterdam and The Netherlands - The very best routes in the cyclist's paradise makes you travel beyond Dutch cliches like clogs, windmills and the Amsterdam red light district, allowing you to truly explore the lowlands. The book features 1064 kms of routes and has special chapters explaining the unique Dutch cycling-minded traffic rules and its cycle route signage systems; 164 pages, colour, wiro bound, fits in standard handlebar bag.

Buy it now and also receive GPS-tracks of all routes!

The London - Land's End Cycle Route Book is designed for those who LOVE cycling, but don't like traffic. The book takes you onto the most beautiful cycle routes of southern England, including the Camel Trail, Devon Coast to Coast Route, Bristol and Bath Railway path, Thames Valley route and many more! What makes the book unique is that the route is completely continuous, including detailed directions and local knowledge all the way. Get inspired; choose your favourite route sections or go for a full summer holiday adventure; 164 pages, colour, wiro bound, fits in standard handlebar bag.