Saturday, 8 February 2014
Disappearing traffic lights. Removal of motorized traffic from where cyclists and pedestrians needed to be made mass cycling possible in the Netherlands. A second transport revolution despite a rise in car use and ownership.
The first traffic lights in the world were installed in London in 1868. This gas operated signal exploded shortly after installation.
It wasn’t until the 2nd decade of the 20th century that electric traffic lights were invented and after the first of those was installed on August 5th in Cleveland Ohio, they were swiftly adopted worldwide.
The Netherlands followed shortly afterwards, installing the first traffic light in 1928.