There’s a new piece of cycling infrastructure that just opened in Amsterdam. It’s a tunnel under the city’s central train station and it’s functional and practical and pretty spectacular in a way that the Dutch consistently manage to get right. It connects the city’s vibrant central business district to the waterfront, where many commuters take ferries to the north side of town. Have a look:
I’ve traveled through Amsterdam Centraal on several occasions. I would take the train from Schiphol Airport and stay at the Barbizon Palace across from the station on Prins Hendrikkade. This was back before Amsterdam had bike share so I usually just walked around and took in the sights on foot. I remember this as a very bustling location with lots of trams, pedestrians, cyclists, motor vehicle and even river traffic. Google Maps indicates that it is still so.
Navigating to the river was a real challenge when I was here. The tunnel will make it much easier. It shows that the effort to integrate bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure never really ends, no matter how good your city already is. If you’re interested, you can read more about Cuyperspassage at Bicycle Dutch.