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The Dutch Response to Road Deaths and an Energy Crisis

The Dutch commitment to cycling and transit didn’t just magically appear, it was a choice against considerable odds associated with the onslaught of hyper-consumerism in the name of progress.

Two conditions galvanized political will to change course, the slaughter of children and elderly whose freedom of movement was limited by the growing commitment to the automobile and the oil/energy crisis of the 1970’s that showed clearly the un-sustainability of a reliance on imported fuel.

The result: leaders of The Netherlands made a choice to invest in a more conservative path forward that created a sensible transportation system that put people first. The rest is a history with enviable results.


The solution was found in the political will on a national and municipal level, with both decision-makers and planners, to deal with this situation by turning away from car-centric policies and making way for alternative transport like cycling.”


Related: A Dutch intersection to indeed envy




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  1. January 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    One man, who lived in a town where traffic lights for cars are green for only 20 seconds (in other words a town devoted to other-than-cars-means-of-transport) said, when he went to another town: “I can’t believe I am less important than cars.”

  2. Marya
    January 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Excellent video.

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