Infrastructure which works in the Netherlands

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Infrastructure which works in the Netherlands

Postby davidhembrow » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:50 am

Examples of infrastructure which works well for cycling in the Netherlands. All is accessible to and usable by children. All imparts a high degree of subjective safety as well as removing the conflict which can result in injuries:

http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/se ... at%20works
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Re: Infrastructure which works in the Netherlands

Postby schrodingers_cat » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:50 pm

Might I also add this link to my "picture posts" from 2012?

http://departmentfortransport.wordpress.com/tag/picture-post/

Plenty of people of all ages and abilities using the safe infrastructure!
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Re: Infrastructure which works in the Netherlands

Postby MJRay » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:10 am

Other than subjective safety, are there other common themes which we should be trying to drum into our highway engineers, or is it a pick-and-mix of solutions?
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Re: Infrastructure which works in the Netherlands

Postby davidhembrow » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:41 pm

MJRay: If you follow the link at the post above you'll see there are a wide range of different things which work in the Netherlands and the high modal share for cycling relies on all these things.

A feeling of subjective safety is always important because this is what encourages people to cycle. The main reason why people give up cycling is that they've had an unpleasant experience. If you manage to convince someone to try it at all, there's a fair chance they'll pack it in as soon as something unpleasant happens.

In order to keep people cycling the experience has to be pleasant and unpleasant experiences have to be eliminated. This is what the Dutch infrastructure does. It's also why it's so important to make sure that road works don't cause temporary problems for cycling.

Of course, by eliminating all those unpleasant near misses you also greatly reduce the injury and death rates. That is why Dutch cyclists are the safest in the world.
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Re: Infrastructure which works in the Netherlands

Postby Andre Engels » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:39 pm

MJRay wrote:Other than subjective safety, are there other common themes which we should be trying to drum into our highway engineers, or is it a pick-and-mix of solutions?


Of course there is also real safety, but most designs that are subjectively safe are objectively safe as well. Comfortable is another thing to look at - in particular, smoothness and no frequent stopping and starting. I guess that's roughly the same as David's "pleasantness". Pervasiveness would be a third: As David writes, one unpleasant experience can get people off cycling, so it doesn't help to put in one bit of top-notch cycling infrastructure if people have to drive in busy traffic or cross a busy in an unprotected way to get there. Thus, cycling infrastructure should form a network - or, if one really starts from zero, at least a complete route.
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