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Bicycle streets and mixed traffic

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Oss, Hescheweg , bicycle street. In September of 2003 local authorities in Oss opened the longest bicycle street in the Netherlands. The bicycle street is 3,5 km long and has two different lay-outs: 1) two lanes with a surmountable median strip and 2) a single lane bordered on both sides by a side strip. In addition a solitary bike path has been constructed on a stretch of road.

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Haren, Rijksstraatweg, mixed profile. In the nineteen eighties Rijksstraatweg was used as an experimental project for traffic safety. National authorities provided the funds to construct separate bike paths. Currently Rijksstraatweg is renowned as an exemplary shared-space project. The bike paths have been demolished.

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Haarlem, Venkelstraat, bicycle street. A survey revealed that on this bicycle street the relative positions of bicycles and motor vehicles were not clear to everyone. Cyclists regularly swerved towards the brick strip and some motorists even ‘honked’ the cyclists off the red asphalt. Axial lines and signs are to clarify the situation.

 

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Leeuwarden, Schrans, mixed profile. After motor vehicle volumes had strongly been reduced on this historic approach road, the bicycle paths have been abolished. A choice was made in favour of a flexible profile with mixed traffic, car parking in the middle and a loading zone on the pavement. Most traffic participants are positive. Retailers in particular are happy their businesses are visible once again. With video impression.

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Amersfoort, Holkerweg, two-way bike path. Initially local authorities in Amersfoort intended to turn the service road along Holkerweg into a bicycle street. This has the advantage that motor vehicles from side-roads may still use the bicycle street. After consultation of the residents, however, a decision was made to turn the service road into a separate bike path.

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Amersfoort, Keerkring, bicycle street. Local authorities in Amersfoort intended to turn Keerkring, a residential street with many cyclists, into a bicycle street. Residents, however, were worried about road safety, due to the large numbers of parked cars. The road is also used by visitors to the adjacent sports fields. In the old situation these parked their cars on both sides of the road. DHV drew up several alternatives.