The Project

Left: all the bike rides (82,714.8 km) Right: all the photo locations (9702 images) - Last updated: July 15th 2017

Bicycle Landscape: cycling across all 388 Dutch municipalities

From 2011 to 2017*, Yorit Kluitman will be cycling through all 388 Dutch municipalities. During this journey Kluitman will photograph the landscape between cities and villages, exclusive of people and buildings: a cross section of the organised Netherlands.(*Finished the project Sept. 2017)

“In April 2011 I bought a race bike and started cycling. My perception of distance and my view on the Netherlands changed totally. We live in a very small, flat country with a unique, almost manic way of spatial planning. I discovered, from a bicycle rider’s perspective, how well-structured and extremely cultivated the Dutch landscape is.

I gave myself six years to cycle across all municipalities. Within this time-frame I will be visiting as many different areas as possible. Equipped with a camera, I research the functionality, the rhythm, the composition, the lines, the form and the order of the Dutch landscape.”


About the collection

The photo’s shown in the ‘Gallery’ are a small selection of a collection of almost 10.000 images taken during the many bike rides through the Netherlands. “During these rides I search for open spaces between the densely build Dutch urban areas. In the process of making a photo I apply a set of self made rules and search for recurring graphic elements in the landscape. The ever expanding image database will serve as a basis for further study, research and reflection, which will turn into an unique and comprehensive publication.”