On your bike. In your boots

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Interesting blog entry for all ex pats who are not familiar with our cycling and walking system.

Discovering Belgium

You have a spare few hours; the weather forecast looks reasonable; and you fancy going on a bike ride or a hike in Flanders. But you’re tired of your usual route, and last time you tried a new one you got hopelessly lost.

Don’t despair, the solution is at hand; the Cycling Route Network (fietsknooppuntnetwork) or the Walking Route Network (wandelknooppuntnetwerk).

In my opinion they are one of Belgium’s most useful inventions!

The system originated in the Limburg mining industry. Underground junctions were numbered, and arrows indicated the tunnels leading to the next numbered junctions. Mining engineer and cycling enthusiast Hugo Bollen brought the idea above ground. It was first transferred to cycle routes and then expanded to walking routes. The concept has gradually spread throughout many areas of Flanders and has also been extended to many areas of the Netherlands. Importantly, the networks integrate perfectly…

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