Amsterdam creates more space for cyclists.

amsterdamThe coming period Amsterdam wants to, with relatively small steps improve the flow of cyclists on the busiest intersections in the city. Work is underway to increase lanes and adjusting traffic lights.

In 2014, the University of Amsterdam conducted research into how riders use the busy intersections in the city. At nine major intersections the behavior of a small twenty thousand cyclists was mapped with video and interviews. The study was aimed at cyclists on how they interact at large and busy intersections with the design, with each other and with other drivers.
It showed that the capacity of most of the intersections shoots firmly deficit. This causes many cyclists to go their own way. They cut off, use the sidewalk, follow elephant trails, customize priority rules or ignoring the red light. Also, the investigation showed that there are at on most intersections a serious shortage of waiting space at the traffic lights. This leads to a lot of extra chaos because the waiting bikers block other routes.

These and other findings have led to a number of changes to intersections that will be implemented in the coming period.

A number of improvements for cyclists is already done, so the intersection Stadhouderskade for the Rijksmuseum is decorated differently and at different intersections as Weteringcircuit, Frederiksplein, Ceintuurbaan / Amsteldijk the trafficlights are adjusted bicycle friendly.

At other intersections, more space will be made available for cyclists. The crossing for cyclists will be widened at some points as well as the bike lanes. By adjusting markings and shortening pedestrian crossings they also want to give more space to cyclists. A green bicycle wave with cyclists must keep up the momentum.

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