|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|A six lane highway has been replaced by exposing the canals underneath and creating a green waterside walk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!