As Bicycle Dutch Blogger elaborates on in his article, Explaining the Dutch Roundabout Abroad, the Dutch roundabouts are dangerous in the “eyes of foreign planners and engineers”. The Dutch prefer roundabouts over over signalized intersections. This is even the preference for pedestrians and cyclists. The striking observation that Bicycle Dutch Blogger made was that the Dutch intersections that are now roundabouts have proven to be less dangerous than traditional intersections. Bicycle Dutch Blogger also spoke with Dick van Veen, a senior traffic expert at Mobycon a Dutch consultancy company. Dick van Veen explained to Bicycle Dutch Blogger that through research he has found that signalized intersections are designed for not for the safety of pedestrians or cyclist but for high traffic flow. Dick van Veen believes that signals make people lazy and cause them to only be concerned about whether or not their traffic light is green. Moreover, Dick welcomes switching off signals outside of peak times. Dick elaborates also that when one is driving through a roundabout weaving is not easy and causes cars to use the most outer lanes.
Betsky agrees with Dick and believes that the Dutch roadway are safe and are built more along the lines of concern for pedestrians and cyclists. Betsky’s uses his bike route from work to home to help explain how he views the Dutch architecture of the city. Betsky describes the Netherlands to as a country that is “marked by linear development along dikes, roads, and now highways, connecting points where first water and now traffic is controlled” (16). Betsky describes how the story of today regarding Rotterdam is a modern metropolis. He explains that the modern architecture and planing reflect the “glories of integrated economic, social, aesthetic systematizing of all urban needs” (34).
It is clear that though the eyes of these writers in these articles that the Dutch roadway system is built and nicely accommodated for pedestrians and cyclists. Their roundabouts have proven to be less dangerous and more effective in preventing accidents than signalized intersections. Amsterdam and Rotterdam are focused on their environment and having a modern metropolis that is concerned about pedestrians and cyclists that help the environment.