Posts tagged cycle ways
Despite a number of cities around the world becoming more bicycle friendly, there are still a few that refuse to accommodate those who prefer open air two wheel locomotion. If this is you, observe – simple solution – make your own:
This is a video taken from an intersection in Utrecht in the Netherlands. From the description of the videon on youtube:
Morning rush hour in the 4th largest city in the Netherlands. Streets look like this when 33% of ALL trips are made by bicycle!
This is an ordinary Wednesday morning in April 2010 at around 8.30 am. Original time was 8 minutes that were compressed into 2 minutes, so everything is 4 times faster than in reality. The sound is original.
This is one of the busiest junctions in Utrecht a city with a population of 300,000. No less than 22,000 bicycles and 2,500 buses pass here every day. And yet Google Street View missed it. Because private motorized traffic is restricted here.
These cyclists cross a one way bus lane (also used by taxis and municipal vehicles), two light rail tracks and then a one way street that can be used by private vehicles.
Behind the camera is a railway (you can hear the squeaking sounds of the trains passing) and the main railway station is very close too. A number of rental bikes from the station pass and many of the cyclists will have come by train for the first part of their commute.
An interesting question would be which came first the chicken (the infrastructure) or the egg (the cyclists). It’s also interesting that this is in a relatively small city. I’m not sure how this would work in a city that is more spread out. In addition, the Netherlands is freakishly flat. The city I live in is hilly in the extreme. Cycling, whilst good exercise in such an environment, is not for the faint hearted. What’s more, trying to put cycling lanes and intersections on such terrain would be nigh on impossible.