Dutch streets are famous for the quality of their cycling infrastructure

Dutch people very rarely ride with protective clothing or helmets because their streets are the safest in the world for cycling.

Their cycle tracks are protected from motor traffic by a kerb (or bollards or parked cars). They're also designed to be wide enough for overtaking (or riding side by side).

In the Netherlands it's common to see children riding in or on their parents' bikes, or riding alongside them or unaccompanied. A huge proportion of journeys to school are made by bicycle.

Cycle parking is provided in large quantities at schools, colleges, railway stations and other public buildings. There are often secure facilities, as well as open ones, and many Dutch rail journeys also include a cycling component. 

Broad two-way cycle tracks are a common site in many areas, and underpasses often separate cyclists from busy roads. Where underpasses are built, they're typically designed to be light and airy.

At junctions, cyclists are provided with clear routes, priority over and protection from motor vehicles, including frequent use of cyclist-specific traffic lights. 

Dutch cycle lanes are designed to go around bus and tram stops, to reduce conflicts with public transport users.

Motor traffic, walkers and cyclists typically only mix where the speed and volume of motor vehicles is low. 

Dutch suburban and rural areas also benefit from networks of safe and convenient cycle paths. Towns and cities are often linked by cycle lanes that enable longer-distance commutes. Leisure cycling is made easy by a system of bike lanes and numbered location maps that span large portions of the countryside. 

Signs show that a shared-space street prioritises cycling over motor traffic.

Deliveries by bicycle are a very common sight in Dutch towns and cities.

Wide, comfortable and convenient bike tracks like these help make the Netherlands the most successful cycling nation.

Road safety lessons are a key part of the curriculum for Dutch school pupils. Dutch drivers are very often also cyclists, and are highly aware of bike lanes and priorities at junctions. 

Secure parking in residential areas is catered for by installing bike lockers in what used to be car parking spaces.  

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