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Really a Dutch Problem

10:00 AM EDT on July 26, 2006

From Reuters:

Dutch cyclists union ENFB has launched the firstdoor-to-door route finder for bicycles, which is the result of a large volunteerproject inspired by the collaborative Internet project Wikipedia.

One in every three trips in the Netherlands is done on a push bike and thecountry has thousands of bicycle lanes that are not accessible to cars. None ofthese bicycle lanes were known to navigation software or route finding devices.

"This is really a Dutch problem. Other countries have very few dedicated bikelanes and in those countries car route finders can be used by cyclists, too. Buthere in Holland, car route finders are unaware of the best cycle lanes," saidKees Bakker, project leader for the Dutch cycle route planner available here.

In recent months, dozens of volunteers have mapped all roads and cycle lanesin the central province of Utrecht which has 1.17 million citizens.

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