Bicycle Post 2

In the “Unbelievably busy bicycle crossing in Amsterdam” video, I was shocked by the number of cyclists casually biking in the city. The cars also seemed to be very mindful of all the other users of the street. Whereas in America, where on a regular drive you’ll maybe see one or two bikers, in Amsterdam, the number of cyclists were abundant and cars were very well aware of them, ensuring no accidents would occur. The Dutch street design concept is so intriguing because it allows the proper amount of room for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians simultaneously. The flow of traffic between the cyclists, drivers of cars and motorcycles, and pedestrians was very smooth, seeming almost effortless. It was surprising watching how the cyclists would simply pass each other with such ease, sometimes even without hesitating. Upon first glance I found this confusing, as in America I feel like all types of street users would not be able to communicate so effectively. Personally, I admit that as a driver, I have gotten annoyed when I see cyclists on the road instead of on the sidewalk, as I often have trouble gauging the space between the cars and the cyclists. If our streets were changed in a way that gave everyone a sufficient amount of room on the roads, myself and many other drivers would not often be worried when they see cyclists on the road. Additionally, since the streets are open and altered to fit the needs of all members of society instead of just drivers, it’s evident that this street design results in fostering a sense of community in the Netherlands. One question I have for Pascal is how he believes we can begin to incorporate Dutch street design in America. I am also curious to know if this concept would be able to hold and work successfully in overpopulated cities around the world.

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One thought on “Bicycle Post 2

  1. haha! that street didn’t look all that busy to me, compared to some I’ve seen in Amsterdam. But yeah it does look totally chaotic, doesn’t it? I think the attitude and communication is a big thing: everybody knows that bikes have the right to be there. The law also supports this: drivers of cars are always legally at fault in a bike-car collision.

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