Compare and contrast

Ever since I discovered mapfrappe.com I’ve been hooked on comparing cities and countries.

So here is Utrecht superimposed on Belfast: http://mapfrappe.com/?show=14616

Utrecht and Belfast have similar population sizes, about 300,000 in a wider urban area of approximately 640,000. Utrechters look up to the Dom tower; people in Belfast have the same fondness for Samson and Goliath. Both cities are great holiday destinations. Belfast hosts the Giro d’Italia’s grande partenza in 2014; the Tour de France sets off from Utrecht in 2015.

So, two peas in a pod.

Not quite. Here are Utrecht’s cycle lanes:
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And here are those of Belfast:

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I’ll leave that without comment…

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