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Green light in all directions for cyclists in Groningen (The Netherlands)

By Jan Christiaens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The “Cycling-El Dorado” city of Groningen has implemented an innovative idea to foster cycling trips: a crossing with a green phase for cyclists in all directions. This allows cyclists to cross diagonally, reducing waiting time.
About every second trip in the city centre of Groningen is done by bicycle. Now the city has implemented a new traffic light circuit with a green phase for cyclists in all directions. During this green phase all cars have to wait and cyclists are allowed to cross in all directions. This reduces waiting time for cyclists, especially for those who turn left.

The concept is influenced by crossings with a green phase for all pedestrians in all directions in Los Angeles. Previous experience shows that cyclists use the comfortable green phase for pedestrians without any problems. A green phase for all directions is well suited for cyclists because they are not inside a vehicle which facilitates eye contact and direct communication between them. In practice it already often happens that cyclists make direct contact to sort out who has the priority. Often it is enough to speed up or to slow down a little bit in coordination with the other road users.

Source: Rad-Spannerei blog (in Dutch)
Country: 
Netherlands
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