|Bike Parking at Delft Station|
2. The bikes we got belong to the train company. Any registered NL citizen can hire a bike to extend their train journey very cheaply (free?). They were the type without handbrakes which took a little getting used to!
|The Train Company Bikes|
3. As we sat outside Mobycon building we could see the route to the station and one main road. There were nearly always more people visible on bikes than in cars.
|Market Square : Car friendly version|
|Market Square: People friendly now|
6. We saw a “Home Zone” where cars are limited to 10 kph, there are no through roads, and parking (even for bikes) is at a premium.
7. We were shown an amazing roundabout. This was a fantastic example of changing the power dynamics of a city form cars to people. We were so impressed by this roundabout that we all cycled round it many times whooping like children! Here is the before and after picture:
|Before and After|
- Tram and busses go straight through the centre and then the lights stop everyone else
- Cars give way to pedestrians then to cycles that come in *both* directions (many more of them when we were there than in the video).
- The road has been reduced from Dual Carriageway to one lane in each direction plus a separate lane for trams and busses.
- But cars seemed to make fine progress
|This is how to make roundabouts safer for cycles|
|A six lane highway has been replaced by exposing the canals underneath and creating a green waterside walk|
9. We saw the University where they have removed major access road over bridge and replaced it entirely with cycle *road* (and a very busy cycle road it was too).
|The TU Delft Campus as it was|
|TU Delft Campus now (cars can still get there, but they are guests and come round the back!)|
10. We saw a number of these - a kind of bin on the front of a Segway! Apparently kindergarten teachers take the kids for rides in them. They love it!