20 Reasons why you shouldn’t bike across Belgium and The Netherlands (Sarcasm)

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1. The bike infrastructure is really, really limited

  • Shows all bike routes across both countries
  • Helps you plan your route, optimized for bike-only routes
  • Optimized to print out as a cue sheet (vertical strip) sized perfectly to cut and tape to your bike’s top tube
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Sidebar: I’m missing Amsterdam real bad right about now…

2. Soooooo limited. Like, hardly any route options...

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What’s that? You can’t see the cities or labels on the map because of the heaps and heaps of bike paths? Simply amazing. Oh, the places you can go on a bicycle.

3. Fietsnet is only offered in Flemish

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4. Bike shops are hard to find

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Hop off the train, park your bike or get it repaired, you name it.

5. Speaking of trains… Trains were super non-existent, hard to board, and unaccommodating for bikes

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6. Fietsnet’s route numbers correspond to signage along the way

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7. Nothing to see here

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8. Getting from A-to-B was a drag

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Please meet Jeff :)

9. Old cities are overrated — Definitely avoid Brussels

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10. No history here

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11. Bike parking is hard to find in Ghent

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12. This maze, also known as Brugge, is clearly impossible to navigate

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13. Time zone changes are hard

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14. No time to stop to smell the roses

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15. The bike highway connecting Keukenhof to Amsterdam… why even bother with this mess?

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16. Amsterdam really pushes the bike agenda down your throat

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17. Amsterdam is pretty boring, overall

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18. We’re supposed to share the road with cars and people?

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19. The Rijksmuseum was having a lovely day…

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20. What’s next, a matching cheetah bike outfit?

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#meow

I’ve been wanting to post some of these pictures for a while, so I hope you enjoyed. Where do you recommend to bike tour? Thanks for any tips. Best way to see a country is by bike, I’m convinced!

Product designer focused on UX/UI and user research (he/him) claytonhopkins.com

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