Reviews Nijmegen – The battle with water
The location is well chosen for the tour to take place because it really shows the way to deal with water management. One of the things we particularly liked about this tour is that it both shows the ways of water management within the city as well as the water management close to the city in a nature reserve. What makes the theme of the tour relevant as well as the way how it balances to show the necessary water management elements as the recreational response to the natural conditions both within and close to the city.
As it has been pointed out in the previous response, the tour shows both necessary and recreational solutions to Nijmegen’s close location next to the river. This has been shown well alongside the tour, for example by crossing multiple bridges and cycling alongside the river at multiple locations. One of the parts of the tour that showed this really well also is the road to the Bizonbaai. Here we cycled over something which appeared to be an old dike road, which really showed the necessity to protect the city against the river. The more recreational aspect, which Nijmegen anticipated well on, was visible by the multiple tourists who visited the Ooijpolder, the recreational beaches, and also the economic activity alongside the road like some restaurants (especially in the city center and one at Bizonbaai).
What we really liked about the tour was the nice balance between a city tour and a tour in nature. What stood out the most for us was the part in the Ooijpolder because it had a really rural feel and it made us forget that we were this close to a city. The part was really educational but didn’t fascinate us as much as the part in Lent, maybe because it can’t compete with the part of the route in the Ooijpolder ;). Overall, there wasn’t really a part that we specifically didn’t like, but some parts caught our attention more than others.
The tour was well explained. A link to a google maps tour made it more convenient to follow the tour without getting lost. Due to the tour being well explained, we only sometimes made small mistakes in our tour but didn’t get lost very badly. Due to the google maps link, it was then easier to pick up the tour, when mistakes were made.
As it has been pointed out earlier, the most prominent thing we learned from this tour is Nijmegen’s complimentary water management, where there is a place for nature, recreation, safe living, and economic activities within and close to the city. We have also learned about how a safety measure close to a river (like the uiterwaarde in the Ooijpolder) can serve as a recreational attraction.
Because this tour is organized really well, we don’t have a lot of recommendations to improve about this tour. Although, we do have one point for improvement. We think that the big bend at the beginning of Lent can cause confusion during cycling and that was one of the points where we made a mistake in our tour. We think that it might be a good idea to get a shorter route to fort lent, to avoid any confusion. We pointed this out on the map.
So, what we mean is the part to station Lent. We think that it might be better (and more beautiful because you will cycle alongside the river!) to turn right as soon as you arrive at the other side of the bridge. Maybe this isn’t possible, but it would be a (very, very small) point of improvement to look at.
All in all, we think that this was a very well-organized tour which we really liked to do. Therefore, we definitely recommend this tour and give this tour a 4.5 out of 5.