Starting today, it is illegal in the Netherlands to text while cycling. Those caught using their smartphone while on their bicycle, face a fine of 95 euros.
People in the Netherlands largely agree about what it means to be Dutch, valuing the same traditions and symbols regardless of origin, age or level of education. Dutch also agree on what they consider to be the biggest threats to the Dutch identity - polarization and Islam, the social and cultural planning office SCP found in a two year long study into the Dutch identity titled Dekend aan Nederland.
Those caught texting while cycling after July 1st will face a fine of 95 euros. The Council of Ministers will discuss this proposal by Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management on Friday, sources in The Hague confirmed to NOS after reports in AD.
The Netherlands ended the joint European Championships for athletics, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing and triathlon in Berlin and Glasgow with 43 medals - 15 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze. With that the Dutch athletes won the fourth most medals, after Russia, Great Britain and Italy, NU.nl reports.
The chance that the Vuelta a España will start in Utrecht in 2020 increased considerably on Monday. The Provincial States made a contribution of 2.1 million euros available for the organization involved in being the cycling event's starting point, NU.nl reports.
Children in the Netherlands increasingly grow up without learning to ride the bicycle, instead walking or being driven to school, according to traffic safety association VVN. Parents often find it too dangerous to send their kids to school on a bicycle, but not being able to cycle could be detrimental to children's development, VVN warns, RTL Nieuws reports.
After six weeks of relatively quiet roads, commuters can expect more traffic on Monday as schools in the central regions of the Netherlands reopen after the summer holiday. Safe traffic association VVN warns motorists to keep a wary eye out for children crossing the road or cycling to school today, AD reports.
Tom Dumoulin's historic victory in the Giro race in Italy is on the front page of all major Dutch newspapers on Monday. Big things are expected for te 26-year-old cyclist. Dumoulin is the first Dutch ever to win the Giro d'Italia and only the third Dutch to win a major cycling race. This is the first major cycling victory for the Netherlands in 37 years, according to AD.
Last year 185 cyclists were killed in accidents on Dutch roads, 115 men and 70 women, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. The number of cycling deaths in the Netherlands has been around 180 per year since 2004, though the total number of traffic fatalities halved in the last 20 years.
Cyclist association Fietsersbond sees very little merit in banning the use of smartphones while cycling. Such a ban is unenforceable and instead of creating this senseless law, the government would do better to make a mobility mode mandatory on all smartphones, Saskia Kluit, director of the Fietsersbond, said to newspaper AD.
Amsterdam has the slowest bike paths in the Netherlands - cyclists travel at an average speed of 14.4 kilometers per hour in the Dutch captial. The three busiest bike paths in the Netheralnds are all in Utrecht, according to the results of annual cycling study Nationale Fietselweek, Het Parool reports.
Lisa Kruger won the first gold medal for the Netherlands at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. The 16-year-old swimmer clocked 1.15,49 in the 100 meter breaststroke in the SB9 class, thereby just missing breaking the world record of 1.15,47 she set earlier that day
Chef de Mission Mauritz Hendriks is disappointed in the number of medals the Netherlands won at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which finished on Sunday. All in all the Dutch team, TeamNL, won a total of 19 medals, the last one a silver won by Nouchka Fontijn
Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin won silver in a 54.6 kilometer time trial in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. First place went to Swiss Fabian Cencellara
Anna van der Breggen had mixed feelings about her gold medal win in the Olympic cycling road race for women in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The 26-year-old was "terribly" shocked by teammate Annemiek van Vleuten's crash, to the point that she thought Van Vleuten had died, she said to NOS after the race.
The Giro d'Italia cycling race drew over 575 thousand spectators during the four days it was in the Netherlands - from the team presentation in Apeldoorn on Thursday to the third stage in Nijmegen on Sunday, the organization announced.
The Giro d'Italia cycling race is starting in Apeldoorn today with a 9.8 kilometer time trial. King Willem-Alexander will be in the Gelderland city to see the start of the 99th edition of the race, according to his schedule on Koninklijk Huis.
Rotterdam plans to build two new bridges over the Maas river, called the Meuse river in English. The first new bridge will connect Rotterdam West and Waalhaven, the second will be in the east of the city between Kralingen and the area where the new Kuip is planned
Online gambling website Unibet was named the new main sponsor of the Netherlands national cycling association KNWU. The company’s six green dot logo, without its name, has prime real estate on the association’s new cycling shirt concept, wedged in between the KNWU logo and the flag of the Netherlands.
After exactly 20 years of sponsorship, Rabobank is breaking ties with cycling union KNWU next year, after the next cycling season. The bank will also no longer sponsor equestrian federation KNHS, the bank announced on Thursday
Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in the Netherlands. The number of bicycle kilometers traveled by inhabitant was 1,018 kilometers last year, compared to 865 kilometers around the turn of the century. Electric bike sales was good for a turnover of more than 414 million euros in 2014.
An English cyclist managed to get his head stuck between the narrow bars of a fence after crashing into it while on riding his bike. The accident happened Friday morning just after midnight in Amsterdam while the man was riding on Veemkade along the IJ river.
A survey done by the Doping Authority has revealed that dozens of Dutch athletes that belong to the international top are doping. This involves 4.2 percent of athletes - more than is found in doping tests, but less than the Authority expected
The Dutch habit of riding bicycles means that they live 6 months longer than the non-biking world population. Biking also prevents 1 thousand deaths in the Netherlands each year.