Protected separated cycling infrastructure has been the norm in the Netherlands for quite a long time. The Utrecht “Berekuil” was the first intersection in the country with a separate level for cycling and one for cars. It was opened in 1944 and it is still being used 74 years later!
Recently I cycled to a place to film for a new blog post. That cycle journey started in Utrecht during the evening rush hour. I had to pass the Utrecht “Berekuil”. A 74-year-old raised roundabout with a lower level just for cycling. It was so busy that I was fascinated by the way people on their bicycles were interacting with one another. I had to stop and film here too. I already filmed here in 2009 but there were no posts to go with my videos at that time. I knew the history of this place is interesting enough for a new post and the end-result is this new post with three videos!