Reconstruction of immensely tangled intersection creates new open space

A huge multidirectional multidimensional intersection in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, was built in 1965 when city planners thought cycling was dead, and the car would rule.  The intersection was extremely complex, and wasted a lot of space.

It had been built at one end of an island, and had to serve traffic flows from/through several directions at once.  While the design worked reasonably well for car drivers, some of the flows they used were …strange… and in any case cyclists and pedestrians had to take circuitous routes.

The intersection was redesigned/rebuilt in 2014 to give plenty of cycling routes, simplify the life of car drivers, and a bunch of open space was created from what had been streets.

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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