Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shortcut blocked

The shortest bicycle path between Den Haag and Leiden (along the train tracks) is open.

Construction appears to be finished and there is now a nice wide and smooth path for most of the distance... but they also installed a barrier to keep cyclists from taking a common shortcut.

Why did they put up a fence instead of building a path where people wanted it?

Some of the other construction strategems showed an impatience/anger with cyclists, so is this the end result? Is it private property?

From above with google earth- the angle for turning is very tight... that's why people don't like to do it.

But don't worry, at least they didn't alter or remove the local art.


  1. Not familiar with the exact situation there but Google Maps suggests that we are talking private property here, so yes, keeping cyclists out of your backyard isn't all that uncommon. I have the same situation here, 200 meters from home, where cyclists used to cut through the tip of a garden at the end of a very short cul-de-sac. This has now firmly been fenced off. How far is 200 meters on a bicycle? Lazy bastards :-).

  2. Very OT: Combat gnomes


  3. Ha ha! Not so OT, really. Thanks :)

  4. Wow that is a small drawing of a weenie.