Cycling around Delft checking out Dutch cycle infrastructure

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In this video I'm cycling around Delft, The Netherlands and experiencing some of the awesome bicycle infrastructure the Dutch have implemented there. (Filmed May 2022)

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P Constructor
P Constructor 2 aylar önce
When you showed the crossing from above a cycle bridge, you saw sharks teeth (yield signs) on the road for cars and bikes. You mentioned they weren’t necessary because of the traffic lights. But they are necessary for when the traffic lights won’t work caused by an outage or at night when they turn to orange flashing lights. So you always see road signs and sharks teeth for these situations, it’s a backup.
Basil 2 aylar önce
THANK YOU for making these videos!! I'm an urban designer in Seattle and have been looking for excellent explainer videos like these to show people how this excellent cycling infrastructure works in practice. Thank you so much!
superjorn Aylar önce
Come over to The Netherlands and you will be amazed. :)
Henk van Peer
Henk van Peer Aylar önce
An this cycling infrastructure invite people to cycle more, and that works! Once they cycle recreati9nally, they more readily also bike to work,,school etc, so leave the car in the garage… Makes for much healthier environments, and also in cities it is made very safe to cycle… cyclist have their own roads.,,
DaHeMpEr Aylar önce
A part that is often overlooked in these videos however is noise levels. In how many other 100.000+ inhabitant cities around the world can you record a video on your bike without raising your voice? Not many. So peacefull. Another big plus of our infrastructure.
Rob Roordink
Rob Roordink 2 aylar önce
Perhaps unexpected, North American expats love driving car in the Netherlands ‘its way better’
dimr rider
dimr rider 2 aylar önce
Bicycle Dutch is a good one to ;p
Timo Aylar önce
9:00 one more addition not a lot of people mention are the bricks. Driving on them make significantly more noise inside the car than asphalt so people instinctively drive slower
Dyon van der Meer
Dyon van der Meer Aylar önce
@Suzanne O They use bricks mostly in spots where stuff like the sewage system is below.
Suzanne O
Suzanne O Aylar önce
It has a practical use sometimes as well. for example, on the TU Delft campus (where he cycles around 16:30 in the video) they're still working on some below-ground infrastructure (internet cables maybe? not sure) and a brick road is more easy to take out than an asphalt road.
Ranx Xerox
Ranx Xerox Aylar önce
Can I just say from a cyclist in the UK, I am soooooo jealous of the infrastructure that all road users receive. Brilliant planning, and WOW, look at the green spaces it creates!
Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas Aylar önce
@David Danser if the trials are anything to go by the bike superhighway hasn't worked well. New roads aren't being built in cities much mostly resurfacing of old routes. Around old private property. It is less a superhighway and more a series of death trap sections interrupted by nessisary commercial stops and junctions forcing them out in to road blind. It would be safer to just share the road. Now they have put some narrow bollards between the lanes making the road look like a slalom run except much slower than before.
David Danser
David Danser Aylar önce
@Paul Thomast is very hard now, but in the Netherlands almos ost every road build has a bike line next to it. Ofcourse it is harder with a bigger population, but the principle of building every road with a bike line (very rural areas excluded) could work everywhere
Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas Aylar önce
the reality is is the Netherlands has a third of the population. Amsterdam covers around 84 sq miles and London around 600 sq miles with 10 times the population and that population swell during the day. Making a continuous bike infrastructure is hard. In the countryside there is some success with greenways, but in a town it is next to lethal to be a bike user sharing with buses, HGV and cars.
Eric Vosselmans
Eric Vosselmans Aylar önce
I cycle a lot myself in Holland, being from Breda, Noord-Brabant and it's what most foreigners I encounter say about my country. I encounter a lot of folk from the UK, Germany, Belgium, Austria even. I always assumed they would be disappointed because nature and scenery is so much more beautiful in other countries, But people are always full of admiration of our cycling infrastructure.
Wielie0305 2 aylar önce
What’s very important when cycling or driving a vehicle in the Netherlands is to make eye contact. They know you are there and vice versa and you can anticipate better. Equally important is that most car drivers are cyclists as well. It depends on the trip if I take my bike or the car.
Pierre PP
Pierre PP 2 aylar önce
At 9:14 the raised area is not just to slow cars down. It tells traffic that they have to yield to the traffic on the main road. So if a car would come from the left at that point, you as a cyclist have to yield to the car coming from the left.
M. Moolhuysen
M. Moolhuysen Aylar önce
Also, if the area is raised like this and the type of pavement of the sidewalk you cross continues, instead of the pavement type of the road you're on, in that case you have to yield to the pedestrians as well.
lbergen111 2 aylar önce
Super video about the bike infrastructure. 👍👍 About yielding on a crossing: Many young agile cyclists don't actually stop for you, but they maneuver around you, just to avoid stopping. You should continue your way in a straight line, because they know and respect your priority and just anticipate on that.😄
Eric Vosselmans
Eric Vosselmans Aylar önce
Not shave everything over one comb. 🙂😀😀 Older agile cyclists like myself also like to maneuver around the traffic. Goes without problems as long as other cyclists and traffic users keep on doing their thing. 🙂 The occasional Karen can throw a spanner in the works though.
Saskia Aylar önce
Regarding the cycling signage, the red-white signage indicate the quickest way to get to a nearby town/village. The signage with the numbers are from a cycling route network focused on leisurely cycling, they get your from a to b, but along more scenic routes and the paths aren't always easy to travel (I once got stuck on a sand path, no asphalt in sight).
Michiel Van der Ark
Nitpicking Dutch driving instructor here: At 5:38 strictly speaking the car has right of way, despite the white triangles … Please note that almost nobody (bikes and cars) sticks to the official rule. We teach our driver students that you better give way to the bike here, as cyclists will most likely take their right of way, and quite understandably so. But once in a while you will get that someone who endangers a cyclist by enforcing a technical rule. Or they’re just bad drivers. Anyway, here’s the official rule: The white triangles only apply to traffic that’s on the street or bike path that you cross; not to traffic that is on the same road as you. In this case the “traffic going straight takes priority over turning traffic” applies. So if the bike was coming from the left, they would have right of way, but you, driving the same road and direction as the car and turning left, don’t. I know, strange and dangerous. Some argue that the second you have turned you are in fact on the street that crosses, but that’s not how this traffic law works. The debate continues. Again, I just want to point out the official rule. Now forget that rule and please drivers, give bikes right of way in this situation; much safer!
Roob 001
Roob 001 Aylar önce
Nice to see my hometown on TRvid! The large bicycle bridge you show was actually constructed as part of a large national bike infrastructure pilot project that took place in and around the city of Delft somewhere in the 1970’s or ‘80s. A lot has been learned since, and modern bike bridges are a lot leaner and more elegant. Please keep on doing the great work of promoting biking all over the world! ❤
Ferry van Tichelen
Ferry van Tichelen Aylar önce
I'm in Spain now, I really like that they tried to also create segregated bike paths in a lot of places now, it's just almost hilarious how badly it is implemented sometimes, it's clearly not done by someone who actually rides a bike. You have to stop and go a lot of times here, because you almost never get priority, which on a bike is just a lot more annoying than in a car or when walking for instance. Also, it happens often that the bike path just stops at some point, you are going nicely and then suddenly: end of path, you're on the side of the road now, with your wheels in the sand and rocks. And lastly, it happened quite a few times that there is just a curb in the middle of the bike path, so you have to drop down about 20cm to continue riding. What this means that after you tried taking 3 bike paths you decide to get on the road anyways, because it just doesn't work. But still, love that they tried at least! Biking is just so much nicer for yourself and everyone and everything around you...
Ruben Hofs
Ruben Hofs Aylar önce
Last summer I drove like 50 km by bike in one day in Valencia. What I learned from there is that they are trying at least to give cyclists a place in traffic. But its no where near cities in the netherlands. But I recognize what you mean by those bumps after every roadcrossing or bike paths just abruply ending its as hilarously as its dangerous.. Also, I saw nobody on a bike outside outside of the city centre maybe a lost moped here and then. But at least city made an effort to create bike paths at all.
Essay Edgar
Essay Edgar Aylar önce
It's always cool to see how people that aren't from the Netherlands experience our country - and by extension, our infrastructure. And Delft is such a beautiful city, def my favourite city in NL :)
Sonny 2 aylar önce
Nice to see the roads in the netherlans through the eyes of others. I live here my whole life and never thought about the way things are designed to increase safety. I like watching the channel 'not just bikes' also.
austinpowersfasjer Aylar önce
19:54 The lines at the side are typically not official bike paths (this would have implications). These lines are common on the side of rural roads with a max of 60 or 80 km/h. The lines on the side instead of in the middle makes the road feel smaller and lets cars slow down when they pass each other. They also make your place on the road, as a vehicle, more to the center which is safer. Ofcourse when there is no oncoming traffic. Notice the zone 60 sign and the lines continuing🤓
Lars van der Heide
Lars van der Heide Aylar önce
The blue round sign with the bicycle actually indicates it's compulsory to ride on the path and not on the gray asphalt road. Something that I see foreigners are sometimes struggling with, asking myself why anyone would want to cycle in a more dangerous place. The blue round sign is also a way to tell if you can expect mopeds on the path or not as some signs will have the moped and the bike icon and others will only have the bike icon. Whether moped riders obey those rules is another topic 😉There also exists a rectangular sign with the word "fietspad" (bicycle path) on it which indicates a bicycle path that you can use, but is not obligatory.
Canyon Wanderer
Canyon Wanderer 2 aylar önce
Loving these videos! I only discovered your channel today, but love the content and narrative.This video you came across several locations that are on my Voorburg/Rotterdam commute (not in winter) and also the faculty I studied at in Delft 🙂 Following multiple international cycling related channels on different media, I'm very much aware that we're blessed with our Dutch cycling infrastructure, feeling grateful
Donne G.
Donne G. Aylar önce
So funny to see this explained while it feels very normal to me! Especially since I ride my bike through many of those areas daily. Very lucky to have such an infrastructure to cycle freely! And fun fact: the first roundabout you cycled on has now been changed into one-way for cyclists, since it was too dangerous as cars couldn't see cyclists that well going from two ways. Great video!
Stijn Lammers
Stijn Lammers Aylar önce
Although you're right at 4:28 about the laws. The reason cars let cyclers go first is usually because even the people in cars are cyclists themselves and they know it's kinda annoying to stop while cycling as opposed to breaking with a car. It's just them being nice basically.
Stephan Brandligt
Stephan Brandligt 2 aylar önce
The traffic signal you pass a few times (e.g. 5:57) is a special one: it is standard green for bikes, cars have to 'beg' for a few seconds of green to pass.
Mariel Staszkiw
Mariel Staszkiw Aylar önce
Thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed the "ride along" i used to live and bike to school in the Netherlands. You gave me a very nostalgic memory and I haven't felt so relaxed in, what feels like, years.
Mark Merlin
Mark Merlin Aylar önce
I am so happy with your vids! I am Dutch, so for me this is normal. But you show me the sunny side of my country, and even make me enthousiastic to hop on my bike for a ride. Silly isn't it? Anyway, keep up your nice work! 👍
Gabe Weymouth
Gabe Weymouth Aylar önce
This is my neighborhood in Delft! Thanks for highlighting how easy and safe it is to get around by bike.
Joe Glover
Joe Glover 2 aylar önce
The difference between cycling infrastructure in UK to Holland is night and day. In the UK there are some cities that are better than others but overall its pretty poor compared to Netherlands.
CrazyCyclingChannel 2 aylar önce
I know!
Joris 2 aylar önce
The bicycle path at the roundabout you showed at the start has been revamped soon after you filmed this. It's one-directional now because it was considered too dangerous.
Pierre Tombal
Pierre Tombal Aylar önce
That thing has been a dead trap since they converted it from a guarded intersection to this monstrosity. In its first year (2009/2010) it counted more casualties than in all of the forty years that the intersection had existed at that time and it never seized to do so as the municipality failed to identify the reason and only made it worse with every patch they made.
Ger Ver
Ger Ver Aylar önce
Yes, 2 direction bike paths on a roundabout is too risky. Too many cyclists were hit by cars. If its 1 direction its a lot safer so a good decision in my opinion.
Robert 2 aylar önce
16:47 these dips are made so cyclists who are distracted (on their phone, calling, talking, etc) get notified. They did this on both sides infront of a busstop where peds might cross to the sidewalk. Also what you said about priority is correct, follow traffic signs and else right has right of way. How ever the right has right of way is only for equal intersections. If the entire intersection is lifted up or just the same level. Like 8:27 and 9:56 its an equal intersection, right has right of way. 9:15 and 9:38 are raised entrances, this means that if no signs, people coming from these raised roads do not have right of way if no signs are prevent to tell otherwise.
MrLoveToGame 2 aylar önce
At 13:40 you say you’re entering a pedestrian priority zone. However the sign actually means it is a pedestrian only zone, that is why you see cyclist walking their bikes. For the rest great video! Hopefully it inspires other countries to follow our Dutchies example. Enjoy the rest of your trip
GwnLars_ Aylar önce
@Ariaan Staat een onderbordje bij (fietsers toegestaan), dat klopt ook. Geheel Delft Centrum is "fiets-toegestaan", met uitzondering van De Vlouw/Papenstraat en de Grote Markt/Jacob Gerritstraat op marktdagen. (do en za van 10 tot 19)
Ariaan 2 aylar önce
@Daniëlle Bethlehem ah, you’re right, different segment. That’s pedestrians only. I was talking about a minute before that
Daniëlle Bethlehem
Daniëlle Bethlehem 2 aylar önce
@Ariaan He does turn left at 13:40. Different market parts are before and after this specific segment.
Ariaan 2 aylar önce
@Daniëlle Bethlehem yeah.... if he'd actually followed the road to the left. But het just went straight right INTO the market, which is pedestrians only. XD
Daniëlle Bethlehem
Daniëlle Bethlehem 2 aylar önce
Almost a good call. The upper sign indeed says that you're entering a pedestrian zone (or to be precise that this zone is a continuation of the earlier stated pedestrianzone). Although the, in the video barely visible, sign underneath states: "bicycles allowed, scooters/mopets not". That means you're allowed to ride your bike in these areas. Whether it's doable or preferred by the rider at this specific moment, is a completely different case. ;)
Evol GrinZ
Evol GrinZ Aylar önce
Awesome to see my city through the eyes of someone else. Usually videos like this are always in Amsterdam.
Ernst van Loon
Ernst van Loon Aylar önce
Nice to see the city where I lived during my studies. A lot has changed during the years, so I had some difficulties recognizing certain areas 🙂Good to see how the cycle infrastructure has really improved. Also necessary with about 17% of Delft's inhabitants being a student and (probably) traveling by bike.
Wypkje Van Rossum
Wypkje Van Rossum Aylar önce
I used to live in Delft for 70 years , it is lovely to see all these familiair places , thank you
MattheusJohannes Aylar önce
You should go to Houten, bike city of NL a few years ago and multiple times. Awesome infrastructure and the surrounding area's are very pretty as well
W M Aylar önce
The raised parts are sometimes sidewalks that are ongoing, which means pedestrians have priority. Even bicycles have to give priority to pedestrians. Sometimes it are bumps to slow traffic down.
Paris Cycling & Transit Stuff
@2:12 This whole roundabout is incredible. You're sheltered so well from traffic you don't even see them circling. That a bit scary but so peaceful.
eugbahisdbl Aylar önce
I've lived in Delft for 23 years now and that roundabout was actually a bit infamous for being unsafe. They've recently changed the two-way traffic for cyclists to one-way because cars would get overwhelmed from having to look in two directions for bikes and pedestrians while also keeping an eye on the tram tracks. People got hit there quite frequently before the change. It still looks very nice, though!
Jurjen Bersee
Jurjen Bersee Aylar önce
I love this video, it makes me happy to see that some things in the Netherlands are quite well organised. Two fun facts I wanted to add: 13:02 The blue/yellow bike is a cool story too: it's an extension of our public transportation. Called an OV-fiets (Public transport bike). You can rent them at train stations. 21:10 Yes, the green arrows help you on your way on your bike. But it's for recreational purposes mainly. To get from A to B you can use the white/red signs that you can see in the background. They are also for bikes only. Car signs from A to B are blue.
P1nkR Aylar önce
A lot of people make these kind of videos without knowing how it actually works. Thank you for doing the research and explaining it so clearly.
rottend restantje
rottend restantje Aylar önce
Nice to see Delft from a bike path. I would prefer it if you'd call them separated (from the road) in stead of segregated. Maybe you can explain the rule about yielding to traffic going straight on the same road if you're turning. A lot of people from abroad don't seem to know that one. Some apparently think that indicating somehow gives them the right of way.
Roy Kliffen
Roy Kliffen 2 aylar önce
19:20 The yield signs for bikes ARE useful. sometimes traffic lights malfunction (yes, even happens in the Netherlands) and in those cases the road signs will be leading.
Erik Beumer
Erik Beumer 2 aylar önce
Also a lot of traffic lights are turn off at night. So the normal traffic rules are applied and the yield sign have a function.
Reinier Zwitserloot
Some additional info from somebody whose house you biked past in this video :) - the 'Achterom' street, which you bike through at 15:15, has a bunch of cars parked next to the road. This road is currently being re-paved (maintenance for gas infra), and will return 'autoluw' - cars can no longer park and are allowed in only if you have stuff to deliver or pick up. The municipality plans for the city essentially expand the autoluw zone by a street or two every year. The buttons for bikes at the lights __do nothing__ - they are 'placebo buttons' just like elevator close buttons tend to be. Generally you can see in the video that the lights around the button are already on. That's because there are induction mats installed below the asphalt that detect bikes. Usually there are 2 - one right at the lights, one further away from the lights; that's why you sometimes just get green as you pedal towards an intersection. The button is generally hooked up, but it's there only in case you have a weird bike that didn't trigger the mat, you stopped and missed the green light, or the induction system is broken. Pressing the button does not make the light go green any faster, though repeatedly smashing it can alleviate stress just like hammering an elevator close button :)
Pierre Tombal
Pierre Tombal Aylar önce
@Seal silly Those are the older ones, with the black push-button. You really need to press those, otherwise the light will never turn green. It is however possible that at some time they reprogrammed the lights for that intersection and basically turned it into a placebo but if you are a one time visitor you can't know that. The modern one will show a red text telling you to wait if it detected you - if it stays black you should touch the device (there's no actual button to press), again because the program will skip your lane's green cycle.
Seal silly
Seal silly Aylar önce
i'd slightly disagree. i know from personal experience that those mats are not everywhere, and there are places where if you do not press the button the light for the bike lanes does not go to green. but yes, outside of that a lot of them are placebo.
Missi the Achievement Huntress
So nice to see my city through your eyes, I appriciate it much more while seeing you explaining it and riding the bike then riding om my back there myself, so weird.
R L R Aylar önce
Delft Its my Hometown , its changed a lot since i moved in 1995, but still happy to come. And indeed it has become better for cyclists, partly because Delft is a mega student city with a technical university with 1000 and 1000 bikes everywhere ... Dont forget Hugo de Groot 👍
Martin's Turtle Earth
Great to see formilliar places. You should visit our oldest city Nijmegen and de Veluwe for great cycle paths and the city ofcourse. Roman history here.. Greetz..
Munch WillbeBlue
Munch WillbeBlue Aylar önce
I didnt time mark my first comment and it turned out to be quite a long list. Overall I would say great video and as your Dutch, your cycling skills are very good. Love to see more videos, awsome content. If you have the yield signs you yield to traffic from both left and right, but you can go if you dont intercept the other. So when he comes from your right and you turn right there is no issue and you dont have to wait. Should you go left then he goes first and when someone comes from the left and you turn right you also stop. When there are no yield signs you yield to traffic from you left or from straight ahead if they go straight ahead but you turn left. Or if you go to your left and he goes to your left. If you go right and he goes to your right then he yields to you. (The person who makes the shortest turn goes first). 7:52 These buttons are going to be replaced by detections loops in the bike path over time, we already have many. Basically they detect you as a cyclist and trigger the traffic signals. Also, some have timers indicating how long or short you have to wait for your signal to turn green. 9:30 That raised area is actually a pedestrian path and they have "priority" over cars. I put it in "" because this is only the practical reason, its not law (also applied for cyclist). Should a car hit a person the car is assumed to be at fault. Its as good as the only law where you are pressumed guilty untill you can show otherwise. In this case the pedestrian would be double protected because the car has to cross the pedestrian path. This is also why you dont see the white parkings like you see on speed bumps. 11:50 This red sign with with white line indeed means no entry, but it means more. It means that traffic is comming from the other way. On the other side of that street you will see a blue square sign with white arrow up. A white round sign with red border means no entry and this is no entry from both sides. So in this case a car coming from the other side leaves no room for cyclist and therfore this no exception for bikes there. 12:38 This signs means the same as the red round sign with white stripe. The definition by law is that no one controlling a vehicle is allowed, Vehicle is not really the right word it allso applies to people walking with horses, riding a bike but not walking with a bike. Yes, usually it will say except bikes and moter scooters. So no, pedestrians dont have priority over you. You're breaking the law and could be fined for it. In practice this never happen, unless your creating chaos. 13:50 This sign does not mean pedestrian zone bike allowed. This is a pedestrian zone and you have to walk. Here is a link to a tweet showing you an example of a pedestrian zone where bikes are allowed. twitter.com/fb_utrecht/status/1333909722039263233 You dont see the full sign, but at the bottem it says "fietsers te gast" You can see it looks the same as a cyclestreet where cars are guests. Here the pedestrian is white on the foreground and the cyclist is in red behind it. That said, if its not busy and you dont cause chaos then no one will care if you cycle there, its just not allowed by law. You can actually see it at 14:33 the bottom sign. If that was not there then officially you have to get off your bike and walk. (Interesting how you do know the sign for cyclepath and cars are guests but not pedestrian path and cyclist are guests ;-) ) 16:50 did you know that the white straight lines indicate there is a actual bump but there is also a sig sag pattern and this is placed to make you aware you need to be extra alert, there is no actual bump there. 17:00 While your on the subject of colour, design and shape .. This dark grey stone in between the cycle path and pedestrian path consists of raised waved lines. If you ride your bike over you will feel it for sure. However, its actual function is to alert blind people not to cross that. They should follow raised straight lines. Ah 17:22 .. as you elegantly put it, the rumble strip. 18:55 If you look at the bike path on the left just in front of where the traffic light is for cyclist you can see rectanglar dark line just before the stop line on the cycle path. that is a detection loop. if you stop your bike on it then it will detect you. You can also see there is no sapperate pole with a button on it to press. There will be a button on the pole of the traffic light for cyclist, but this button is for pedestrians. You can also see it in the bottom middle for cyclist to cross that priority road. Altough there you also see there is still a sapperate pole with button to use for cyclists. 19:55 Officially this regular road does not have a bike lane on it. This is actually a suggestion lane. This means that cyclists can cross the dotted line. For cars however this is different. Cars can drive on the suggestion lane where as if this was a cycle lane they are only allowed to go on it when they need to allow room for traffic from the oppesite direction to pass. After that they leave it. The visual difference is that a suggestion lane for cyclist is only a dotted line where if this was cycle lane there would be cycle symbol on it every 500 meters and right after every crossing. 22:44 thats not a bike repairshop this is the OV fiets or "Public transport bikes". You can for a small fee add public transport bike membership to your public transport account. What this does is allow you to rent bikes cheaply. So you can for example use your own bike, go to train station, park your bike there. Go on a train and visit another city, there for a very small fee you can rent such a bike and explore that city. Then return that bike, hop on the train back and pickup your own bike. Also very conveniant for people working in a city where paid parking prices rise or cars are more and more banned, making room for cyclists. That said, eevery train station will also have a bike repair shop, that was just not one of them.
Fastbikkel Aylar önce
It must be a delight, as an american bicycle enthusiast, to be able to use a bicycle in traffic that is so clearly designed to facilitate this all. And of course, there are people out there that are outright antisocial and people that just make mistakes. One always has to be on guard.
Spiethstar Aylar önce
Great video. The intersection's markings at 19:20 are there to help when the traficlights fail.
Jan 2
Jan 2 Aylar önce
2 small things interesting things to add: - At 16:24 you are driving on the campus of Delft University of Technology, and the road to the left is a bus only lane. Cars can only drive around the campus. - The bike parking garage at 22:35 is directly above Delft Central Station, which is underground, and you can enter the train station directly from the parking garage. There is also a major bus station above the parking garage.
Nothing ventured Nothing gained
Great to see my city where I live! Bike friendly city.
A Bel
A Bel Aylar önce
The white lines are usually put down to alert a cyclist of a bump or dip in the road (or to fake it). The dips are mainly used on longer stretches to slow down, where the bumps are used to warn about the possibility of crossing traffic (any kind of crossing traffic).
Wip Boy
Wip Boy Aylar önce
Funny to see a deep analyse about my daily trip to school. Weird to think these roads are not normal for some people
tjcowling Aylar önce
Fascinating to see my city through your eyes! You cycled past my house around 4:20 😊
NLvideomaster Aylar önce
Some info on the weird double speedbump/dip (14:27). They're not intended to slow bikes down. They're intended to slow down mopeds/scooters. They often go rather fast (45kmh), and are sometimes illegally tuned to go even faster than they should. Hence the traffic calming. I've heard that staying upright on a moped/scooter at high speeds over those humps is quite hard and might damage the thing.
luizcanalle Aylar önce
If you find interesting, you should check out the city planning in the Dutch city of Houten, near Utrecht.
I'll try to!
Jesperenzo Aylar önce
They've changed the roundabout at 2:20 drastictally a month ago, it's now one-way traffic for bikes too. That way it is more predictable for cars to see incoming bicycles. But I must say not a lot of people follow these new rules, beceause sometimes you have to detour instead of it being a short distance cross.
Robin van Veldhuizen
Robin van Veldhuizen 2 aylar önce
They actually had to fix that roundabout at the beginning of the video because it was such a pain for drivers looking at cyclists coming from both directions, it's way better now
Marcel Geenen
Marcel Geenen 2 aylar önce
Lovely video. When talking about the signaled intersections though you mentioned the buttons to push twice but you didn't mention that those buttons were superfluous. I'm your video you can see the black lines of the detection loops in the road. Normally a bike is automatically detected. The buttons are only there in case the detection doesn't work, for example if you have a carbon bike.
David van der Gulik
The signaled intersections without buttons are a pain if you're on a carbon fibre bike though. I tend to avoid those intersections but sometimes you happen upon them and they really will not detect you, forcing you to either find a different route, wait till someone else triggers the loop in the road, or run a red light
Engelke P
Engelke P Aylar önce
nice to see this with different eyes, as I'm so used to dutch bicycle infrastructure.
Ivan Mv
Ivan Mv 2 aylar önce
Fantastic, the algorithm showed me this and I have to say it did great. Superb content :)
CrazyCyclingChannel 2 aylar önce
Ha! Well I'm glad the algorithm introduced you to me :). Thanks a lot I really appreciate it!
Henk van Peer
Henk van Peer Aylar önce
Indeed! Way more nicer then car centric city! Well put!👍👍👍👍
PeTeRFeCTo Aylar önce
You were kinda lucky while waiting for that open bridge. That's one of the craziest places to cross if it's really crowded with out- and ingoing students. I have seen 100 meter queues...
Hugo Bouma
Hugo Bouma Aylar önce
20:20 In theory, indeed you can just write down a list of numbers and follow them to your destination. However, I'd still recommend keeping a map or GPS at hand, because those green signs can be very easy to miss. In nature reserves, often they'll be even smaller and on knee-height posts so they don't spoil the view. At some junctions you can only see the signs from a certain direction. When there are roadworks, often the signs just quietly vanish. And when you miss one, suddenly you're completely in the dark about where you should go, especially when, as a tourist, you're not familiar with the area.
Snowshowslow Aylar önce
I usually manage with just the numbers and then screenshots from the map online as a back-up. Just to know what rough direction I expect to have to go if I get lost, which honestly rarely happens. But I don't do a lot of that type of recreational cycling in the dark, that might be different.
Xander Aylar önce
As the example shows, the intersection, at minute 19, has road markings. They are there because if the traficlights malfuncion (blinking orange) or are disabled you can still safely cross.
DavidJonSpem 2 aylar önce
The raised intersections are also to help people in a wheelchair cross the road easier. Because the pavements will be even.
Hardbunker Aylar önce
The speedbumps on bike roads normally are for mopeds! Bikes typically don’t go fast enough unless their racebiking
Mark Drost
Mark Drost Aylar önce
Greetings from a Delft local :) Well done!
Hans Peter Smallegoor
There is one golden rule in Dutch traffic and that is: you must get priority, not take...
Mavadelo 2 aylar önce
I heard you said that "pushing the button will speed along the signal". This CAN be the case but is highly depending on the crossing. Basically there are 3 different ways pushing that button can play out. (for bike and pedestrian crossings alike 1: you push, the system sees a biker wants to cross and gives it priority, without pushing the light will follow a cycle but will go green eventually regardless 2: you push, the system sees a biker wants to cross and intergrates the light in the cycle. no pushing, no green 3: It is a dummy button, just there because we expect it to be there. Pushing or not pushing will make no difference. The general public has no way of telling what button is placed where. Only experience with the crossing will eventually clue you in on the type. However, if you see detection loops prior to the crossing chances are high it is either 1 or 3.
Kenny -Artistpage
Kenny -Artistpage Aylar önce
lol, you are the first biker that uses the official roadrules. Here in the netherlands, we just bike everywhere, if it were possible, we would bike on water, believe me, we tried, look at the bikes in all the canals...
dimr rider
dimr rider Aylar önce
There's one type of crossing for cyclists that is unique in the Netherlands and you can only find it in the city of Groningen. It is an intersection controlled by traffic lights. It has car lanes, bus lanes, and lanes for cyclists. right-turn is always green for cyclists as the paths are seperated from the car and bus lanes, but it can be difficult to get to there if you're stuck behind a big group waiting for the light for straight ahead and left turn to go green for cyclists. And when that happens, it happens for all the cycle lanes at ones. All the cyclists from all directions get green light at the same time. They tried this in Rotterdam and they had to close that down after two days because people were hitting each other, but it works in Groningen. trvid.com/video/video-eIqCei97M74.html (someone accidentally coming across it and admiring the chaos) and trvid.com/video/video-q53WM1apdX4.html - an official impression shortly after it was implemented, to see if it actually worked - it did, it's still there this way to this day. As the film says, it looks chaotic but because it's all low speed and because people use common sense there's no significant number of accidents. The big advantage is for left-turn cyclists, they can go in one go instead of through two (or more) traffic lights. A lot of the infrastructure for cars and sometimes for cyclists is based on the philosophy that when it LOOKS unsafe or chaotic, people pay better attention and at lower speeds (inside build-up areas) it will actually be safer than dividing everything. So the pedestrian areas with cyclists and pedestrians criss-crossing looks chaotic, but it's safe because people pay attention to each other, make way for each other and it's all at low speed. Someone on a bicycle who thinks they can blast through at say 20 km/h won't get very far without a lot of obscenities thrown at them. Same goes for some roads and intersections where cars share the road with mopeds (they've been banned from most cycle lanes). Their speeds are closer together on the road than between mopeds and cyclists. Even though mopeds don't have any more protection (other than an integral helmet) than a cyclist. In the beginning both parties (car drivers and moped drivers) were humbugging quite a bit, but statistics have proven that 1) the number of accidents with severe injuries between moped drivers and cyclists dropped significantly and 2) the number of accidents between moped drivers and car drivers leading to injuries didn't significantly increase. And when they occured, it was usually at crossings where they didn't share a lane, but where one didn't yield to either a red light or to traffic from the right. So in place where they already happened before mopeds were banned from cycle lanes, and for the exact same reason still. It's the same philosophy why we don't remove full-grown trees next to country roads, despite the occaisional person getting in a one-sided accident and curling their car around said tree, sometimes fatally for themselves. Or that we don't put up high wire fences next to our canals to prevent shit-faced drunks from tumbling in when they try to empty their bladder. It's not the tree's fault the driver was speeding and lost control. It's not the canal's fault the pee-er had so much to drink he doesn't know what he's doing. If it looks unsafe, sane people pay more attention - whether it's driving along a tree-lined country road, or next to a canal without a fence. The total number of accidents goes down when you adjust your speed to the circumstances. What you see in North America is that the philosophy is completely the other way. Remove potentially dangerous things next to the road because people drive so fast so much that the number of people losing control is high - and so would be the number of people careening into trees if there were any trees. Except they wouldn't be driving that fast if there were so many trees, the lanes were narrower, there was other traffic sharing the road. The Dutch set their speed limits on roads to keep the people using that road safe and to reduce the number of accidents. In the USA, no, no speed restrictions on roads that are deadly. They just remove things that killed the drivers. Well, except the cars. The cars always stay.
W M Aylar önce
Basic rule is traffic (bicycles) from the right has priority. But don’t hesitate to much. Ride onto the intersection almost halfway and yeald to bicycles from the right. And think: party time! There are more intersections like this in Groningen and also in other cities.
I watched that video, WOW that is an insane looking intersection, I really want to go there and try it! Thanks for the super detailed comment too.
Sudazima Aylar önce
the dips and bumps in the cycle road _arent_ for slowing down cyclist but for slowing down scooters that also use the cycle paths. especially for scooters that go faster than theyre allowed!
Damon J
Damon J Aylar önce
The roundabout in the starting of the video has changed now because there were too many accidents happening. It's now 1-way for bikes.
Wouter Aylar önce
Did you happen to visit Utrecht by any chance? A great aspect of Utrecht is that in some busy areas, mainly around both parts of the canal called 'Oudegracht', cyclists and pedestrians really get in each other's way. A lot of people in both camps often complain about this situation, but the city counsel flat out refuses to interfere. "Be cordial, look out for each other and try get along", seems to be the stance. I love that.
Jill van den Linden
Sounds like a thing the council would say because the city of Utrecht grows too much too soon and they know that.
Dennis John
Dennis John Aylar önce
The white triangels we name Shark Teeth's.. meaning you need to give priority to any passing director! :) love your vids!
bingbong Aylar önce
The zones around 13:00 I think are meant for pedestrians only and you are supposed to walk with the bike next to you.
DataStorm 2 aylar önce
1. Triangles on the ground are called "shark teeth" for they bite towards the one in the wrong. 2. @2:37 the car didn't yield, for you indicated way too late for him to anticipate (by speeding up to not interfere or slowing down to let you pass). The speed difference still comes into play for being able to react. 3. The law is that even when the larger (moped, car/truck or w/e) vehicle was totally in the right, they still get 50% of the blame. Doesn't matter what the biker, walking person or w/e is doing, they have 50% of the dmg to cover by insurance etc. Which is a huge dent into their insurance of damage free years etc. 4. The dips to slow down in bike paths aren't against bikes, they are against motorized (mopeds, speed pedelecs, scooters etc) vehicles going too fast there. The idea is that difference in speed is the problem with accidents. If motorized 2 wheel vehicles can go twice the speed, that's a problem.
Captain Chaos
Captain Chaos 2 aylar önce
5:12 - "that's just a European rule" - actually the US has the same rule. It's just that it almost never applies because there are stop signs everywhere.
Spiritual Anarchist
Spiritual Anarchist 2 aylar önce
Yes ! Your comment made me remember my travels in the U.S. and there is this very annoying system where at crossroads, there are these stop sign , with something like ' 4 way, or all way ? ( i forgot the actual words ) . It took me a while before i understood it means ' first come , first go ' . So i had to watch who was first, second, third, etc. Meanwhile more traffic was coming..pfiew ! 😅
Darryl Toombs
Darryl Toombs Aylar önce
If you want to show people a bike storage facility you should go and have a look at the one at Amsterdam Centraal train station.
DaHeMpEr Aylar önce
Lovely video. A part that is often overlooked however is noise levels. In how many other 100.000+ inhabitant cities around the world can you record a video on your bike without raising your voice? Not many. So peacefull.
michel piquer
michel piquer 2 aylar önce
The dips in the bike paths are meant for slowing down scooters and fast ebikes.
Onno -
Onno - Aylar önce
About the big roundabout you showed in beginning of the video: It looks really nice, but is a nightmare for the drivers. Which in turn makes it kinda unsafe for the cyclists. When cyclist can basically enter the roundabout 4 different ways at once + bus and tram it is hard to keep track of everything for the driver. I used to live really close to it and accidents happened almost everyday. For that reason they actually did a small redesign. It is now a one-way roundabout for both cars and bikes. Which makes keeping track of everything easier for the drivers and hopefully stops them from not seeing a cyclist because they simply didn't have 4 sets of eyes at once. (And yes the solution for the cars is ofc to just drive slower and double check before crossing the cyclepath but we all know that is never going to happen)
Lars van der Heide
Lars van der Heide Aylar önce
Did anyone notice the pedestrian at 1:58 reappearing at 7:12 ? 😄
Fanjan Aylar önce
So interesting to note. Cities aren't loud and noisy, cars (and ICE mopeds) are loud and noisy.
Renzsu Aylar önce
That's where I did my studies. Seeing this, I instantly had a flashback to the yeast smell that's everywhere in the city due to the factory nearby..
Alex van den Bogaerdt
Great video except an issue at around 5:39. Traffic on your road needs to yield to traffic on the crossing road. Both you and that car were on the same road, despite the separate lanes.When you make that left turn, you should yield to traffic going straight on the same road. That includes the car you were commenting on. If an accident would have happened, you were to blame but the car would be liable. Liability and blame are not the same.
Nder Aylar önce
Note that a raised part is not just to slow down. it indicates who had priority. So a road comming from the right has right of way, but if that road was raised it has to wait and give way
Michiel Vandermarliere
btw, the lights at 6:05 are always on green for bikes by default, only when a car gets detected will they change to red. This was done because the bikes heve priority (righfully so) but since this is one of two main connections between the univeristy and the train stations cars would litteraliy not be able to ever cross during peak hours because of the amount of bikes.
Mjoezic Aylar önce
Lars Van Den Broek
Lars Van Den Broek Aylar önce
Often the yield sharks teeth are painted at an intersection with lights because the stop lights turn to orange flashing at night. This indicates that the intersection is regulated by the signs at that moment and the lights are inactive. It's a measure to speed up traffic at night when there's less cars driving through.
Stijn Handgraaf
Stijn Handgraaf Aylar önce
I'm proud to announce that my bike is in this video!
Hypnotic Sheep
Hypnotic Sheep Aylar önce
The bumps you mention around 11:00 also make the intersection an equal intersection, meaning that you have to yield to traffic coming from the right!
Patrick van der Meulen
The double dip at 16:28 is actually to slow down 50cc/electric scooters. When you cycle at an average speed of around 18 km p/h (12 miles p/h) you don't have to slow down. But when you hit it above 25 km p/h it gets unpleasant. And at 40 to 50 km p/h you will get launched into orbit.
kempo 95
kempo 95 Aylar önce
19:10 the give way signs are there in case the traffic lights break. By law in the NL, lights take priority over signs, and signs take priority over the basic give way rules. If the lights fail, people need to attend to the signs. The main road (up-down) will have the priority. While the road from the left and the cyclists need to wait for traffic from the main road.
Francis Behnen
Francis Behnen Aylar önce
So funny to see my daily route to Uni up on TRvid with commentary how "special" it is haha.
Jacob Bax
Jacob Bax 2 aylar önce
At 7:49 you can see the detection loop in the pavement which has the same function as the begbutton. So pressing the button was not nessesary.
Rients Dijkstra
Rients Dijkstra Aylar önce
Great video, but one remark: those "dips" in the cycle path are not (!) to slow down the bikes, but to slow down the mopeds / scooters! Because these mopeds and scooters tend to go way too fast (often these riders soup up the engines to make them go faster then the legal limit of 20 mph).
Ger Ver
Ger Ver Aylar önce
The car yielding while he was allowed to go thats simply because of being a friendly driver. Most wont yield which is their good right :) Eye contact is everything here
Pieter Aylar önce
the roundabout is history (this way), to many accidents there and they changed it into a one way roundabout
dascandy Aylar önce
@19:00 the idea of the priority signaling on the floor is that they do not count when the signals work. When the signals are off - at night, or during power failure - the floor signage takes over, and cars on the straight road still have priority over cyclists crossing it.
Raymond Ashby
Raymond Ashby Aylar önce
in the newish bike garage in Tilburg, there's a ticketing system and a security bloke on the door to check you in and out.
hungry for truth
hungry for truth 2 aylar önce
So people there do not have to lock up their bikes ? That is awesome!
Koen NL
Koen NL Aylar önce
As a dutchie I must say this is a very clear video and nice to see it from the POV of the cyclist perspective. But i do think that it would be interresting to see a broader coverage of the infrastructure, i think Delft has been covered a lot. Would be nice to see some city in other parts of the netherlands. Very cool video.
Snowwie 2 aylar önce
What kind of camera are you using to make this video, despite you bicycling the video stays nicely stabilized.
fastfietser Aylar önce
I didn't know that Delft was so sunny at this time of the year.
TimDaOne Aylar önce
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Essay Edgar
Essay Edgar Aylar önce
16:35 I think the dip is moreso aimed towards slowing down mopeds than slowing down bicycles lol
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