Advocacy & Safety - reducing road markings
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06-24-02, 10:23 AM
Interesting idea on BBC radio news this morning based on Netherlands experience.
At complex junctions, instead of adding white lines, bollards, signs to direct drivers, you remove them all, and let drivers negotiate with each other as to how to pass. This has been tried with some success on roads in the Nethrelands.
Have any Dutch riders experienced these junctions ?(do you experience any junctions in your seperate-but-equal cycle-lane haven).
Does this kind of driving take a peculiarly Dutch sensibility?
06-24-02, 11:08 AM
A lot of junctions have been changed lately, the most junctions transformed into a red plateau of tarmac.
On each entering side of the plateau, there is a white line, but no signs!
The traffic rule on this junctions is the basic; right first!
I can say for cardriving and cycling, it makes life easy :)
The rules are simple, and the red plateau makes drivers slow down and pay attention to the situation!
And for the sensibility; cars are always quilty in case of accident with a lower traffic user;such as pedestrians, cyclists and skaters.
I`m happy with these changes...
06-24-02, 12:48 PM
I find this extremely interesting. I'm curious how it will work out over time.
06-24-02, 01:53 PM
I`m only aware of the changes in my area, i don`t know if this is general for the country.
But for now it seems to work!
It sounds like a form of traffic calming, but I wonder how the rest of us would fare at the hands of distracted or aggressive motorists. If this design genuinely forces motorists to slow down at intersections, it is probably a good thing.
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