Dutch Intersection Design Has Toronto Cyclists Envious

Dutch Intersection Design Has Toronto Bikers EnviousBicycling is a key part of Dutch culture and the intersection design on Amsterdam streets reflects this progression. As a Torontonian who loves to bike our streets, I'm completely envious.

Here's a pic I snapped of a typical intersection in The Netherlands.

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Instead of trying to explain how it works, I found this fantastic video that explains all much better than I ever could. Watch this:

Makes sense, doesn't it? Is there any chance Toronto would implement something like this? Lest we forget what our mayor once said.

I can't support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day.

Sigh.


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Mark H

As you said, the Dutch have biking ingrained in their culture. You could implement these lanes but I have little faith that either the drivers or the bikers in our region could handle it.

August 13, 2012 @ 1:03 PM

Lorne

That's a neat, well thought out design. It makes perfect sense, uses existing infrastructure, and would allow cars and bikes to cross and co-exist easily.

In other words, the MTO would never go for it. =(

August 13, 2012 @ 4:11 PM

dlauthor

Of course Rob Ford doesn't like bikes. Stupid things bend in half every time he tries to ride them.

August 14, 2012 @ 8:26 AM

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