|Ruysdaelstraat in Assen in 2009|
|Ruysdaelstraat in 2012|
|Detail of parking space. Note that the|
kerb is angled. It's designed to enable
driving over only at a slow speed.
These houses and the street which they are built alongside, date from the 1930s but existing trees on just one side of the road were recently taken up and replaced with trees on both sides of the road combined with parking bays.
Note that while the direction of motorized traffic was changed recently, this street has been one-way except for cyclists for some years. Routes for cyclists are unravelled from those for drivers. This is a useful through route with a bike, but not with a car. This makes yet another example of how segregation of modes is achieved without building cycle-paths.
|This street in the newly built suburb of Kloosterveen uses the same design to keep cars off a series of streets which together form a direct route only by bike. This is the only photo in this blog post of a new development.|
|A different way of achieving a similar result can be to use concrete setts through which the grass can grow.|
|In some areas, bollards are used to control parking, This is a one-way street with cyclists excepted.|
|The same street, showing how there are again angled kerbs to climb a low speed in order to park one's car.|
|Sometimes, parking bays are built on-road, alternating from one side to another. This is again a street which makes a good through route for cyclists (linking up with the bridge shown in this video) but which goes nowhere for drivers. In this case, the permitted side of the road for parking alternates, which makes the road meander and serves to slow traffic.|
|The only street in Assen converted into a Woonerf. Here the speed limit is walking pace. Note that cars can park on one side only.|
|An older treatment showing parking bays on both sides of the road to achieve a similar result.|
|Another example of cars parked between the road and the pavement (sidewalk)|
|The bays can be made quite attractive, increasing the green look of a neighbourhood rather than resulting in residential areas looking like car parks.|
|Work continues right now on the process|
of transforming older residential streets
In the Netherlands, people are not discouraged from driving by providing inadequate car parking spaces (as has been done to disastrous effect in the UK) but are provided adequate spaces to park their cars while cycling is made attractive by making cycling routes more convenient.
The highest modal share for cycling in the world works due to carrots, not sticks.