Intersection Design - The Dutch Way Can the cycling-friendly Dutch model for intersection design apply to North American streets? en-us <function copyright at 0x564ef50> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:27:58 GMT Defending US practice? 637e6d7e-749c-11e3-ac5a-1231380a02d9 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:27:58 GMT Yield markings in the intersection violate US standards
IF you want to spatially segregate bicyclists but WITHOUT grade separations, then you also need to temporally separate them from motor vehicles through signal timing and traffic controls. In effect, you are treating the sidepath as though it were a little one-way frontage road next to a major street at a cross street.

The "Dutch way" has several major differences from typical US design, including Protected Only Mode Right Turns. That requires prohibiting right turn on red, right turn arrows on the signal heads, signs saying Right Turn on Green Arrow Only, along with yield markings (shark's teeth) and yield signs in the intersection.

Those shark's teeth appear to be directed at drivers turning left off the main street on a green ball, telling them they need to yield to bicyclists on the sidepath crossing. Of course, turning drivers already by law need to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk, but there is no corresponding law for drivers to yield to bicyclists in the sidepath crossing, either in the US or in Europe. Thus the need for yield signs and markings in the intersection, which violates the US standard against having stop or yield signs within an intersection.

Simply put, this design does NOT follow US practice, meaning that US practice would have to be changed BEFORE this design was installed anywhere in the US (without an approved Request to Experiment, that is).]]> 59c0741e-5e9c-11e3-9307-1231380a02d9 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:32:16 GMT
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Others have noted the problem with making left turns (you will always encounter one red light, and frequently will encounter two). Bikers also forced to swerve entering and exiting intersections, which would increase bike to bike collisions dramatically.]]> cba4615a-b1d9-11e2-9503-1231394043be Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:06:15 GMT
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Roundabouts d45b0566-2d30-11e2-b781-1231394043be Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:24:11 GMT Bicycle safety 2b99f086-133b-11e2-9b27-1231394043be Wed, 10 Oct 2012 17:32:42 GMT Where do cyclists wait for red lights? 68ec85b0-ee2a-11e1-b724-1231394043be Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:29:31 GMT The Dutch Way Good be very good for North America

GREAT THINKING]]> 86ac723a-e8d1-11e1-b2b8-1231394043be Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:10:40 GMT
Safer, but not safest
Having said that, it is even safer to lower traffic speeds altogether- i.e., 20 mph or less- and desegregate all traffic modes. Many Dutch towns have done this, too, by eliminating curbs, and virtually all traffic controls, in local areas, and have experienced huge gains in traffic safety as a result.]]> ad7471a8-e7b2-11e1-ad88-1231394043be Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:57:19 GMT
Dutch Knowledge
Too bad the export of our advanced traffic knowledge isn't a big thing. Nevertheless I think other countries could learn a lot of the Dutch traffic regulation. It's not by coincidence that the Dutch traffic is the safest in the world, despite our busy traffic ánd many cyclists. It probably would be a tremendous challenge for Dutch traffic experts like me to improve safety and traffic flow, but most roads in other countries can be used more efficiently I suppose.]]> c2c059ea-e6cd-11e1-bd59-1231394043be Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:38:40 GMT
great idea 5827df22-e2c2-11e1-89dc-1231394043be Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:06:52 GMT I love the Dutch!! 3967b64c-dfa8-11e1-8bde-1231394043be Mon, 06 Aug 2012 02:22:20 GMT