The Netherlands has always
been famous for its ambitious projects that amaze and impress people all around
the world.
We at Bright Side think that
every country should follow the example of the Netherlands or at least try to
carry out these following 7 projects.
1.
It’s the only country with no abandoned pets


Recently it was officially
confirmed that there are no homeless cats and dogs in the Netherlands. The
government managed to do this without doing any harm to the animals. In an
attempt to ensure dogs’ rights, the authorities made strict laws against animal
abuse.
2.
The Netherlands has the world’s first solar-powered bike lane
The project called SolaRoad is
the result of a collaboration between the government, private sector, and
academia. The first part of the path was opened in 2015. Its length is just 100
m, but this is a huge breakthrough in the construction of the roads of the
future. The main idea of this project is that solar power from the road is used
for lighting the streets and charging electric vehicles.
3.
Charging points for electric cars are located within 50 m of each other

One of the strengths of the
Netherlands is their sustainable transportation system. That’s why in the
attempt to stop using gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles, many charging
points were opened for citizens who drive electric cars.
4.
In the Netherlands there is a town where nobody drives cars
The Dutch town of Houten is
considered to be the safest place in the world. In the beginning of the 1980s,
4,000 citizens of the town made the decision to encourage everybody in the town
to start cycling more rather than constantly using cars. And, step by step, all
the citizens got used to riding bikes.
5.
The authorities are going to ban the sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered
vehicles


Petrol and diesel cars will no
longer be available in the Netherlands by 2025. Besides, the owners of
alternative-fuel cars don’t have to pay a private motor vehicle tax. As a
result of this, the environmentally friendly cars became 15,000 euros cheaper.
6.
The Netherlands keeps having to close its prisons due to a lack of prisoners

Long ago, the Dutch government
started to take serious steps to reduce crime in the country, and the results
turned out to be very successful. Owing to a lack of prisoners, 19 prisons have
been closed since 2009. According to recent reports, the average incarceration
rate in the Netherlands is about 163 people per 100,000, which is less than
half the incarceration rate of Brazil.
7.
In the Netherlands there are ecoducts — wildlife crossings for animals living
in the forests

Another primary task of the
Dutch government is the protection of wild animals. Therefore, several wildlife
crossings were constructed to allow the animals to cross roadways safely from
one part of the forest to another.
SOURCE:
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.