Here's a great example of where Dutch cyclists don't have to stop at red traffic lights.
The first photo shows a road junction between our home and the city centre from as close as I usually get to it.
Instead of stopping at these red traffic lights, cyclists have a cycle path which goes through an underpass, making cycle journeys quicker as well as more pleasant than they would be by stopping at the lights.
The cycle path is four metres wide and there is a separate pavement for pedestrians just over 2 metres wide.
The second photo shows what the road looks like. There are five lanes in one direction and two in the other at this junction. Not really a very pleasant place to cycle... but you never have to cycle here so it doesn't matter. Also note the noise barriers which, combined with the 70 km/h speed limit and quiet road surface, keep noise levels to a whisper for those who live near the road. This is also a bus-stop. The bus stop is built into the noise barrier and provides somewhere dry to wait for a bus.
Here's a video showing riding through the tunnel, how you get from the bus stop in the second photo to the cycle parking for the bus stop on the other side, and the cycle path which parallels the main road:
This is the road which we avoided having to cross by using the tunnel:
Grotere kaart weergeven
There are many examples of where Dutch cyclists get to dodge traffic lights.
My bike is the one in the cycle parking which has lots of plastic bottles in the rear basket, left over from the kid's halloween party. They're there because there is a deposit on them and I'm on the way to the supermarket to return them for the deposit.
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