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Typical Dutch intersection and cycling

Typical Dutch intersection and cycling


A typical Dutch intersection where this 50 km/h
distributor road with protected cycleways… can be accessed from a 30 km/h
neighborhood access street. Traffic on the main road has priority. Traffic from the minor road
must give way to all other traffic. This is clear from the difference in road surface, the fact that the intersection is raised and the yield signs. Combined with these so-called shark’s teeth
on the surface. The surface of the cycleway
continues over the crossing. A further indication that drivers
must yield to people cycling. After a driver has dealt with cycling, they can safely interact
with other drivers on the intersection itself, without being in the way. Drivers keep the cycleway free,
always. So people have room to cycle
past a waiting car. The waiting space for motor traffic
is big enough for a standard car, but also for a small van, or a bigger one. Turning traffic must yield to traffic
going straight on. This includes people cycling and walking. Because of the design of the intersection drivers can see other road users well. They have space to wait and
thanks to the low speeds, drivers are also willing to stop
for other people. When they are in a van and even when they drive a truck! Naturally, left-turning traffic must also
yield to people cycling and walking. How easy is this intersection for
pedestrians? People can and do cross the side street
with confidence. Thanks to the split roadway, crossing
the main road is also very convenient. First you deal with crossing the cycleway. Then there is an island after which you
cross one lane of traffic. The central refuge island gives you time to focus on traffic coming from the other direction and finally you cross the cycleway
on the other side of the road. Tactile paving guides people
with impaired vision. The crossing is completely level… to make it easy for people in
wheelchairs or people with strollers. Having to deal with traffic coming from
one direction in only one lane at the time makes the crossing very simple. This type of intersection is safe for children, people in mobility scooters, and people on special bicycles. Thanks to the absence of traffic signals
people have to interact with one another and since everything is so clear
they can do that in a relaxed way.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Its so satisfying to watch these videos, they are the reason every time I go to work I dream with all the possibilities and I get angry when I see three or more lanes for cars on a secondary street and absolutely no infrastructure for bicycle in my city. There are plenty of space, just no one dares to remove one lane for the motor traffic… Thanks for sharing!

  2. Note: this is NOT 'Shared Space'!! There might not be traffic lights, but the intersection has been rigorously planned and is full of indicators of who has priority. I'm just saying this – perhaps unneccesarily – because I'm getting fed up with English speaking countries whose politicians and civil servants promiss 'Real Dutch Cycling Infrastructure' only to take away all traffic lights and then let the cyclists and pedestrians battle it out with the 50 m/hr cars!

  3. I wish we had this kind of space to implement the same infrastructure in Chicago. But, sadly, many main streets are too narrow to do this.

  4. Me watching cyclists crossing the streets: VERGA, NOJODA, LO VAN A MATAR.
    Me after seeing nothing happened: oh, yeah, this video was recording in The Netherlands.

  5. I do not think that I would like to change my country because of the cycling infrastructure, but each time when I ride my bike in the city where I live, I feel really sad and sometimes it is a big pain and effort to cycle. Respect for the cycling. Have been twice in Amsterdam and adore the cycling culture. That's something cool and it really does the magic!

  6. This is so relaxing to watch, it's nothing out of the ordinary here in the Netherlands, but the fact that this seems special according to outsiders it makes you think how good we have it here. Great stuff.

  7. Please show this to the idiots in San Francisco MTA who plan so-called "upgrades" to infra yet hate to include "waiting areas" for cars and consider bikes last, if at all

  8. Don't pedestrians systematically get priority while crossing the main road ?
    From the video it appears not, so I am wondering…

  9. Here in Norway the waitingarea is allways(when there is such a cycleway constructed) to small for a car, so it block the cycleway . It is so irritating, we should do as the dutch!!

  10. You would be scared to see me cycling everyday where I live, a city with 2 million inhabitants. And I also recently traveled interstate for one month, 1300km, 20+ cities. Some roads without dedicated sideroad. There is little infrastructure for bikes. It's all about the $ that is in the car industry and everything that's closest related to it.

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