Published on Feb 8, 2014
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By the mid 20th century, Assen had several traffic light junctions in the city centre. None of them remain. The centre has now been transformed either to allow only bicycles and pedestrians or, as on streets like this one, to allow cars for access but not in sufficient numbers that they dominate the city centre.
Pedestrians can cross the road easily. Cyclists can take the direct route through the centre without being threatened by drivers. The city centre has has regained the civilized and quiet character which it had before motor vehicles arrived.
This is extremely common in the Netherlands. However, any town in any country could do the same thing.
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