Monday, 13 September 2010
Another of Mark Wagenbuur's excellent videos, showing the design of a typical traffic light junction in the Netherlands and how it differs from the design in other countries.
This type of design not only increases safety of cyclists, but also the important subjective safety required to make people want to cycle, and want to let their loved ones cycle.
The Netherlands has the highest cycling rate in the world, so more vulnerable road users than other countries, yet also the safest roads in the world. It is infrastructure like this which has achieved such a level of safety for cyclists.
Note that in most cases a cyclist can make a right turn without stopping at the traffic lights. This is usually the case even where there isn't such an obvious cycle path on which to do it. As a result, even junctions which require a cyclist to stop twice to make a left turn provide cyclists with equal average speed through a junction to when riding on the road. At many modern junctions it is not necessary to wait twice to turn left, so cyclists get to stop less frequently than drivers.
This blog has more examples of traffic light junctions and cycle paths in the Netherlands (and elsewhere).