At the Amsterdam Mr. Visserplein you need to cross this main road. There is no way you can combine cycling and motor traffic on such roads. If the cycleways are at capacity at such locations drastic measures must be taken. You either widen the cycleways or reduce the motor traffic volume.
Two years ago, the city of Amsterdam established that cycling had increased by over 40% in the last 20 years. This causes challenges. Bicycle parking is one of these challenges and overcrowded cycleways is another. The city searched for solutions to get the cycle traffic flowing again in an attractive and safe way. There is the never-ending story of the mopeds/scooters on the cycleways, that has – sort of – been addressed earlier this year. Older scooters are now banned from the innercity, the ban can be enforced in the coming months (after a period to get used to the new rules ends) and then in 2019 the slower type may finally be banned from the cycleways too. But that doesn’t help the crossing of Mr. Visserplein now. This is a place where 20,000 people pass on their bicycles on every working day. The cycle crossing was already 4.5 metres wide, but it was not enough in rush hour as my earlier video demonstrated. To find out if the settings of the traffic lights could be improved, the University of Amsterdam was asked to investigate this intersection and they did that in cooperation with Copenhagenize. The “desire lines” study found that 90% of the people cycling here adhered to the rules, even when the design of this intersection made that quite hard. The main take away from this investigation for the traffic experts of the city is that you need to design in such a way that it facilitates people’s natural behaviour. That way the chance that they follow the design and its rules is the highest.