4 thoughts on “A Dutch roundabout with bi-directional cycling lanes”

  1. This would never work in the States. If a traffic circle like that opened, within an hour it would look like a demolition derby. Auto,SUV, and Pick em up truck drivers show little regard for bicyclists.OTOH, many bicyclists think they own the road and they would dare auto, SUV, and Pick em up Truck drivers to stop.

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    • Ah, but there is a very simple trick to that: in the Netherlands the law says that no matter what actually happened, in an accident between two non-equal traffic participants, the “stronger” party – i.e. the car/truck/SUV – is ALWAYS at fault.
      And what with car insurance premiums being what they are, motorist learned quickly to be watchful.

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  2. Almost correct. They are not always fault, but almost always responcible for the damages caused.
    In the case a bike (slow trafific) has an accident with a car (fast traffic), the car needs to proof he did everything it could to avoid a accident. When the car had right of way, and he is able to proof there is no way he could avoid the accident he is not responcible for the damage. All other cases he is.
    It is called “Omgekeerde bewijslast” roughly translated to responsible until proven not.

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