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UTRECHT, Netherlands (8 March 2000)–A recently study by the Utrecht regional committee (BRU) in the Netherlands indicated that a bicycle highway between the cities Amsterdam and Utrecht is technically feasible. “A bicycle highway differs from a normal bicycle path in that it is wider, is smoothly paved and preferably has several lanes. Moreover, a bicycle […]

UTRECHT, Netherlands (8 March 2000)–A recently study by the Utrecht regional committee (BRU) in the Netherlands indicated that a bicycle highway between the cities Amsterdam and Utrecht is technically feasible.
“A bicycle highway differs from a normal bicycle path in that it is wider, is smoothly paved and preferably has several lanes. Moreover, a bicycle highway has a lot of extras, like wind screens and shelters. Also, intersections are avoided a much as possible,” says Karel de Roy of the BRU and project coordinator.
The BRU hopes to begin construction as soon as possible. The railway infrastructure between the two cities is currently being expanded, and the bicycle highway could be added to this project.
“The problem is that we need to be able to generate the necessary financial backing in a short time,” says Roy.
The project will cost approximately NLG30 million (US$13.14mn;EUR13.74mn) without the desired wind screens and shelters. The Dutch parliament has already indicated that these types of projects deserve as much support as possible.
The BRU study also showed that approximately 1,000 people will use the highway. (JW)

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