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Not Just Bikes


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Civics

Regional Focus



YouTube Video

The Best Dutch Cycling Infrastructure

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  • This video is about the system of bicycle-only roads in the Netherlands. 
  • Students will learn about the benefits of these roads, including convenience, improved safety, and better quality of life. 
Teaching Tips


  • It provides beautiful footage of biking around the Netherlands on bicycle-only roads.
  • Students can visualize the benefits and see how bike traffic flows in a well-designed biking system.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is an ad before the video.
  • Students should understand how increased bike access can result in cleaner air, fewer carbon emissions, more equitable transportation access, and a healthier population.


Scientist Notes
This resource is a 5-minute video that presents several examples of bicycle-only roads that are ubiquitous in the Netherlands. Advantages and challenges are presented, and issues with planning and public opinion are discussed. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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