Netherlands Cyclists Enter Green Phase
The largest city in the northern Netherlands is the epitome of a city in its multi-modal renaissance. Groningen, which boasts a 57 percent bike mode share, has acquired the distinguished title of "World Cycling City."
Cyclists in this city enjoy roads designed specifically to accommodate and protect cyclists. Traffic lights around the main ring road that circles Groningen have a separate "green phase" that signals cyclists to proceed in any direction, even diagonally.
This video shows the green phase traffic lights in action; and, engineer Hillie Talens explains how it works. The free-flowing movement of cyclists and pedestrians at these intersections is made possible thanks to the fact that cyclists and pedestrians can communicate and make eye contact with each other.