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Photo #10390

This is next to a cafe in Geldrop. Not only is it a fiets-cafe (cycling cafe) as shown by both the green sign provided by the local government and the brown coffie company sign but also there is a "rijwiel hulpkist" - help cupboard which provides a track-pump, puncture repair kit, etc. for cyclists.

The contents are free for use. The cafe is happy to provide space for all three of these things.

This is provided in many locations by the ANWB which is the Dutch equivalent of the Automobile Association here in the UK.

The letters ANWB stand for "Algemene Nederlandsche Wielrijders-Bond" or "General Dutch Cyclists Union". Yes, that's right - the organisation that rescues broken down drivers in the Netherlands is actually a cycling organisation. They also put up many of the cycle route signs. Having said that, the organisation has been criticised for not doing enough for cyclists, and dissent in the 1970s led to the formation of the similar named ENWB ("Eerste Enige Echte Nederlandse Wielrijdersbond (ENWB)" - "First and only real Dutch Cyclists Union") which later changed its name to Fietsersbond ("cyclists union") and today campaigns for cyclists rights.

See also an inner tube dispensing machine at #12267 and another hulpkist at the opposite end of the country at #12781.

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