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    Default A Visitors Perspective Of Bike Paths

    This is an interesting view from a Dutch visitor but pretty much sums things up for here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Foo View Post
    This is an interesting view from a Dutch visitor but pretty much sums things up for here.

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    I have enjoyed cycling a few times in Holland and it sure would be nice to have those facilities here but then who pays for it?
    If we did a taxation comparison we'd find the Dutch pay a lot more tax, and they have much smaller in area and hence higher density cities to deal with

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL View Post
    I have enjoyed cycling a few times in Holland

    But you would not enjoy it during winter in Amsterdam. I still have vivid recollection of cycling to the other side of the city to go to school through that brown half frozen mush when the council sprinkled salt over the frozen icy roads.

    There weren't many cycle path in Amsterdam when I grew up there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL View Post
    I have enjoyed cycling a few times in Holland and it sure would be nice to have those facilities here but then who pays for it?
    If we did a taxation comparison we'd find the Dutch pay a lot more tax, and they have much smaller in area and hence higher density cities to deal with
    But is the Dutch Goverment as wasteful and stupid as far as Bureaucratic and funding BS goes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foo View Post
    But is the Dutch Goverment as wasteful and stupid as far as Bureaucratic and funding BS goes?
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    Well, I guess they are in the EU which is well know for it's frugality, and now that we have Uncle Tony, no worries cos he'll fix everything.

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    The tax system there is interesting but what is the Premium Insurance thing, is that like our Medicare levy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foo View Post
    But is the Dutch Goverment as wasteful and stupid as far as Bureaucratic and funding BS goes?

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    Having a bit more money to play with doesn't hurt either, BTW (GST) rate of 21% and a marginal income tax rate of 52% (cuts in at about $A75K).

    On top of that there is state pension contribution of another approx 10%, but pensions are not means tested.

    Now, whether the Dutch government and its' bureaucrats spend all that money wisely............who knows?

    But as BobL said, the Netherlans is a tad smaller, about 1/2 the size of Tasmania, with a similar population to Australia, so it is a bit easier to install bike paths!

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