Armadillos: The Emperor’s New Infrastructure
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|City centre street, no cars allowed.|
Clear signage gives loading times
|"Shared" street ? Not on an equal basis.|
It's a through route for bikes but access
only for cars.
|City centre streets are busy, but with|
bikes instead of cars
|A child rides a bike in the middle|
of a bicycle street.
|Residential street. No cycle-path|
required as it's not a through road for
cars. Residential parking, but cars
|In a village, primary school children|
cycle home unaccompanied on streets
which are not through routes for cars.
From an average age of 8.6, children
|Between towns in the Netherlands you can often find two roads next to each other. One for cars, the other for cyclists, agricultural vehicles and access to homes. Sometimes the route for drivers isn't visible from the route for cyclists.|
|Route signs in a village. Only one|
direction offered by car, lots by bike.
|While cyclists are segregated from traffic in every photo in this blog post, this is the only photo in which this was achieved by building a cycle-path. This is a through road for cars and is used by a higher number of motor vehicles, so it needs a cycle-path.|
|This map, which accompanied the printed version of this article from the Fietsberaad about Enschede, shows how main routes for cycling have in large part been unravelled from main routes for motor vehicles in that city. In the article it is explained that the absolute maximum number of motor vehicles per day on these routes should 2500 - i.e. a number that you might find on a residential street. More than this and the route starts to feel unpleasant and threatening for cyclists.|