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According to the Internet, the Netherlands support hitchhiking by placing signs (see picture) in spots that are a good location for hitchhikers. Are there any other countries that have such great support for hitchhikers?

I'm not asking if it is easy in other countries to hitchhike, but I want to know if other governments make some similar effort (like installing signs, legalize hitchhiking or provide official information about hitchhiking) to support hitchhikers.

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@hippietrail is going to love this question... –  Mark Mayo Nov 8 '11 at 9:19
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Looks like the answerers are using a more liberal reading of this question than me. I know that hitchhiking is illegal in some places and easier in some places than others but I don't know of any country besides the Netherlands in which their is active support for hitchhikers from the government. –  hippietrail Nov 8 '11 at 10:12
    
those signs are far from common in the Netherlands. They're placed by some city councils, not national authorities. –  jwenting Feb 3 '12 at 7:12
    
true, but that doesn't mean too much: road signs are placed by the governing body that has authority, most of the time the city council and for bigger roads it might be the county (province?) –  Nanne Aug 8 '12 at 7:32
    
Is there more than one such sign in The Netherlands? I know exactly one (in Amsterdam, close to the Amstel Station). –  gerrit Aug 8 '12 at 15:13
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Simple answer: YES. Not necessarily in that there are signs, but certainly there are many hitching-friendly countries. Some people on this site would claim you can hitch in any country.

Hitchwiki is a great site for checking out the 'hitchability' of a country. It has a list of all countries and their ratings for your quick reference guide.

So for example, they would consider Moldova to be better for Hitching than the Netherlands! I'll leave it to you to read why.

Now of course, you have to know the reasons why some are considered good. For example, in Uzbekistan and other ex-Soviet states, it's VERY easy to get someone to stop and pick you up. The problem then is that that car is transformed into a taxi. Allegedly it's because of socialist times helping each other out, and you usually pay a small amount to your new 'taxi driver', who will take you if you're headed in a similar direction.

But because they aren't official taxis (although these do exist) often you then begin a fun dance of 'so...how much? I dunno, how much do you think? Is ... this enough? Maybe?' between driver and passenger. As such, however, it's harder to hitch for free because it's often just assumed that you'll be paying - even a small amount - for your ride.

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So after the clarification, you can still use Hitchwiki to check out which countries do have good support for it. For example, Cuba has the Amarillo police, who are there specifically to drive around and enforce the LAW that drivers are REQUIRED to pick up hitchers! How awesome is that!

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ROFL has clarified his question so you might want to revise your answer. It's a good answer to another question though (-; –  hippietrail Nov 8 '11 at 10:22
    
Done, added detail about Cuba, which is probably the most pro-hitching country out there ;) –  Mark Mayo Nov 8 '11 at 10:31
    
+1 for the Amarillo police! –  hippietrail Nov 8 '11 at 10:31
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About hitching in Cuba, only cars from state-owned companies are required to pick up hitchers, and some times the company charges a (ridiculously small) fee. Private cars, taxis, cars from the army or from high-rank government officials, are all exempt from this requirement. By the way, inside Havana there are also "azules" (blue), with the same function as "amarillos", just dressed with a different color. –  yms Dec 14 '11 at 5:43
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In France, there are no such road signs, but there are ways to organize hitchhiking.

Many web sites such as carpooling.fr or covoiturage.fr let you express your travel need or find a driver willing to take passengers.

The most obvious support from government is to not forbid hitchhiking.

Another form of support is through the promotion of car pooling by governmental organizations as a way of commuting (ref. ADEME(fr)(en by Google)- Agency for environment and energy control). But this is not exactly hitchhiking.

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I have done hitchhking in Belgium (Ardennes) without much problems.

There are no official signs. Btw, I also didn't see them in the Netherlands (and I live there).

For the netherlands: I see regularly people hitchhiking, good places to stop are gas stations (especially along high ways, but you have to get there by car first). From there you can go almost anywhere. Make a sign helps and there are a lot of such stations and the road network is like a spider.

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In Israel hitchhiking (Tremping) is pretty common, though I would not recommend it for tourists. There are specific spots to stand and get a Tremp around most cities. In Jerusalem they are in Gilo for heading to Gush Etzion and up near Pisgat Zev for heading north.

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the OP is not asking if it's easy, but actively supported by the government - see second paragraph in his question. –  Mark Mayo Feb 5 '12 at 0:15
    
sorry I was less then clear. Yes the spots to grab a ride are I think officially government sponsored (In some cases with security) –  Zachary K Feb 5 '12 at 3:06
    
def worth editing your answer then, as it'll improve it, AND I'll be able to undo my downvote ;) –  Mark Mayo Feb 5 '12 at 4:12
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