Bicycle Reflection

One key principle that struck me from these videos was how much the safety of cyclists was emphasized in all parts of Dutch infrastructure. One fact that was unknown to me prior to watching the “Junction design for safer cycling” video was that intersections are actually more dangerous when it comes to crossing paths compared to roundabouts. I would tend to think the opposite, as with roundabouts, there’s often a lot of room for miscommunication between drivers and pedestrians. The success of the Dutch roundabout design stood out to me because of how the entrances being at sharp angles help contribute to making the roundabouts safer. It was interesting to me how in the “Explaining the Dutch roundabout abroad” video, it stated that Dutch pedestrians and cyclists often prefer to use roundabouts rather than signaled intersections. In America, the structure of roundabouts don’t usually cater to people biking or walking, so hearing about the Dutch design was fascinating. Because the Netherlands is full of cyclists, their streets are specifically designed to adhere to them and focus on their safety.

The roundabout that I depicted is a busy traffic junction as it is positioned right outside of the entrance to my former high school. Surrounded by houses, apartments, and restaurants, this area remains a packed part of Olathe. This roundabout is filled with parents, faculty and primarily high school students hustling to enter the school. Cyclists are very common, specifically within the underclassmen demographic, as they are often not old enough to drive yet. Additionally, high schoolers in general are new drivers, so implementing Dutch street design would help make streets safer, especially when there are new, often uninformed, drivers on the road. Being one of the most populated high schools in the state of Kansas, this junction is often extremely crowded and by taking the Dutch infrastructure into consideration, this roundabout would be safer for pedestrians and cyclists. 

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