Safest Roundabout Design for cyclists. The best of Dutch infrastructure is worth emulating.
This roundabout is for everyone between 2007 and 2012 there were just four collisions on this roundabout, all of them involved one car shunting another, no pedestrians, no cyclists. no drivers were hurt either. This is my usual route to town I don’t stop at all, I simply cycle straight past the roundabout and I continue on my way towards the city center. Pedestrians have separate paths from cyclists. This is required because otherwise there is conflict. There is a separate bay for buses to stop in. Cars also have their own bays for parking. There is no conflict along here. This is the other side of the street, my route home. There is much the same situation. Again the bus stop does not conflict with the cycle path. There is a separate path for pedestrians. And I don’t have to go all the way around the roundabout, I can turn left before the roundabout. And cross, using the central reservation, so that I only have to cross through traffic in one direction at a time. I then continue on a cycle path, on the other side of the road, the same cycle path as the video began with. It is possible to cycle all the way around the roundabout, and you can do so in most directions, because the cycle paths are all bi-directional. However in practice no-one does this, there is no requirement to do so. You can make any journey by crossing only some arms of the roundabout. It is occasionally necessary to slow to allow cars to pass, however, it is very rare to have to stop. It is generally the case that people cross only one arm of this roundabout. Or, like this lady ahead of me, you can make a right turn without using the roundabout at all. It is also possible to join roundabouts like this with cycle lanes. In this example, one arm of the roundabout does only have cycle lanes. And it is possible to come back from the cycle lane, onto the cycle path as well, and again this courses no problem at all, it’s all very smooth. It’s interesting to watch cars go round the roundabout. There is adverse camber which causes it to feel uncomfortable, to try and drive to quickly. You can also see how there are good sitelines, for both drivers and for cyclists. Everyone can see each other, and everyone has time to react. And that is one of the reasons why this is such a safe roundabout. Pedestrians can cross here without any problems at all, they have priority on the zebra crossing. But note how the cyclist crosses very easily, he could see where all of the traffic was before he began to cross. Everyone finds it safe here, people cycle with all types of bicycles. And people of all ages, and abilities, can cross this roundabout safely. Alot of school children use this roundabout, as in this group who are approaching now. They’ll say goodbye to some of their friends who carry on in a different direction. And then they pause very slightly and look both ways, and judge a good time to cross. And they can do all of this without having to put their feet down. It’s a very easy to understand junction. This roundabout is for everyone. It’s safe for all users.