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Last week, I introduced a series of posts of highway layouts I saw while on holiday in the Netherlands. This week I’m going to take a look at some roundabouts.
As usual, please remember that there will be context and reasoning behind what I’m writing about which must be an ever present health warning. These are observations from a holiday and not from using layouts on a daily basis for a number of years – David Hembrow makes this very important point here.
Our trip involved driving from Dunkirk to Bruges and then on to Amsterdam and in fact, the first “Dutch-style” roundabout (I think) I encountered was in Belgium, just as we entered East Flanders near the town of Maldegem;
The reason I say “Dutch-style” is that many of the roundabouts I encountered in Flanders (which borders the Netherlands) appear influenced by the Dutch layouts, but they are not quite there – many seemed to enable entry and exit speeds which did not reflect the real Dutch provision. As an aside, the Flanders region is definitely upping its game when it comes to providing for cycling and it’s a place which needs a visit in its own right!
Anyhow, back across the border. There isn’t a single off-the-peg type of Dutch roundabout (as locations and contexts vary), but there is a high level of consistency, especially at the more rural locations. There are also some poor layouts (one of which I’ll cover later). First, I’ll introduce you to the Hugo de Grootplein roundabout in Amsterdam in the neighbourhood of Frederik Hendrikbuurt which is just under a mile to the west of the centre of the city.