|Drivers' access to these city centre|
streets are controlled by a one-way
system. Bicycles are excepted.
|The direction of the one-way street|
varies for drivers. Always a through
route by bicycle.
Note that this video has many captions which explain what you are looking at. They are only visible on a computer and not on a mobile device.
This video shows the route for bikes directly through the city centre along Noordersingel, Nieuwe Huizen and the most Southern part of Groningerstraat. It's shown on this map in red:
|Click for Google Maps. The video follows the red line from bottom to top. Drivers are directed by the one way system along Javastraat, Jan Fabriciusstraat and Het Kanaal. This removes them from the route through the centre taken by cyclists.|
|The one-way system for drivers. Cyclists can use any of these streets in any direction.|
Read more about this street, watch a more up-to-date video.
Here are some photos of how it used to look:
|In the video we ride from right to top/left from approximately 0:45 until 2:02. This photo shows how the same streets looked in the 1960s.|
|This is how the junction at 1:15 in the video looked in the 1960s. Note how pedestrians had to walk on narrow sidewalks behind barriers which prevented them from crossing the road wherever they wanted to and how there was "not enough space" for cycle-paths on these streets. This is similar to many current British road layouts.|
|This junction appears at 1:38 in the video. In 1965, this was the busiest junction in Assen and traffic lights were needed in this location. There is a blog post and video specifically about this junction.|
This is an example of segregation of modes without cycle-paths. It works. Even in the city centre. Due to their central location, and that they remain a through route for bikes even though not for cars, these streets are very popular with cyclists. A count here showed nearly 9000 cyclists per day using these streets: a very impressive figure in a small city of just 67000 people.
|Nearly 9000 cyclists a day use this route now. They use the entire space. Encounters with moving motor vehicles are rare.|
|Access to this road by car is possible, but it's not a through route by car any more so people drive here only for access.|
The photos come from the book "Assen Verandert" which we reviewed. There are a number of other posts about Groningerstraat, showing more about the road North from the end of the video in this post. You'll note that where the road is busier, there are cycle-paths because you can't achieve a high enough level of subjective safety for mass cycling on roads with a large number of motor vehicles.