Six videos of left turns in the Netherlands

Posted: 21 September 2010

Source: BicycleDutch

People always ask how you can turn left while riding a bicycle in the Netherlands. They have difficulties to imagine how that is done with all the separated cycling infrastructure in the Netherlands. But the answer isn’t simple. There are a lot of ways to do it. Here are six videos with a number of examples.

Cyclists’ left turns onto a main road

Seven examples of left turns by bicycle in the Netherlands. In this video left turns from a street without a physically separated cycle path or lane to a street with such provisions. Usually this is the case when the cyclist leaves a 30km/h (18mph) zone and continues on an Urban Distributer Road or an Urban Access Road.

Left turns onto a main road

Cyclists’ left turns into minor streets

Nine examples of left turns by bicycle in the Netherlands. From major roads to minor streets.

In this video left turns from a road with a physically separated cycle path or lane to a street without such provisions. Mostly this is the case when the cyclist enters a 30km/h (18mph) zone.

Left turns into minor streets

Cyclists’ left turns in 30km/h zones

Seven examples of left turns by bicycle in 30km/h (18mph) zones in the Netherlands.

In this video left turns in 30km/h (18mph) zones. In such zones physically separated cycle paths or lanes are usually unnecessary because of the relatively minimal differences in speeds and directions of different vehicles.

Left turns in 30km/h (18mph) zones

Cyclists’ left turns on roundabouts

Five examples of left turns by bicycle on roundabouts in the Netherlands.

In this video roundabouts on mainly Urban Distributer Roads and Urban Access Roads. The roundabouts all have physically separated cycle paths or lanes. These roundabouts are the more modern solution to junctions. They were created and built to increase safety and to reduce waiting times for all traffic.

Left turns by bicycle on roundabouts

Cyclists’ left turns on various junctions

Eight examples of left turns by bicycle on junctions in the Netherlands.

In this video junctions between mainly Urban Access Roads and smaller streets. But all with physically separated cycle paths or lanes. These junctions were designed in sometimes very different ways. Reasons are volume of traffic, available space and the year in which the junctions were designed and built.

Left turns on a variety of junctions with separated cycle infrastructure

Cyclists’ left turns on main junctions

Five examples of left turns by bicycle on main junctions in the Netherlands.

In this video main junctions between so-called Urban Distributer Roads and or Urban Access Roads. All these main junctions have physically separated cycle paths. These junctions were designed and built in the 1960s. Old fashioned design from the era of the decline of cycling. But even then the safety of the cyclist mattered. Nowadays more modern solutions (like roundabouts and multi-level junctions) are more commonly built.

Left turns on main junctions

See more in depth explanation of the way the Dutch design junctions in the previous blog post.