A novel cyclist-friendly roundabout design in Zwolle Netherlands

In Zwolle (Netherlands), a particularly problematic segment of a particular road required a novel approach.  The Dutch have a “roundabout” design that already serves the needs of car drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists in an ingenuous and efficient way.  This particular intersection, though, required a non-standard roundabout.

In typical roundabouts, cars can go round-and-round the roundabout, if needed.  In this particular case the cars had to either go straight or turn right, but not swing around the roundabout.  It required a design with barriers preventing cars from doing so, while still allowing bicyclists freedom to take any direction they like.



About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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