Minor junction with cycling infrastructure

Junction design is always location specific. Sometimes it can be exceptional depending on what type of streets meet. At this junction in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) two minor distributor streets come together (distributor streets connect through roads and local access streets). These two distributor streets almost form a T-junction although it really is a four arm junction. The fourth arm is a local access street (a minor residential street) with brick surface and a speed bump at the entry to emphasize that it is indeed not a distributor or through street.

One of the distributor streets (the one that ‘ends’ in the T) has separate cycle paths. The other street (that is ongoing and has priority) has only cycle lanes. It is interesting to note how the cycle paths and cycle lanes are connected. No sharp turns but flowing curves. This last street has no separated lanes for motorized traffic. Motorized traffic has to negotiate with oncoming traffic and cyclists. Not an ideal situation if there was really heavy traffic, but it is possible here where traffic is relatively light.

The red of the cycle paths and lanes is not paint, it is colored asphalt. There are no traffic lights which is also okay with this amount of traffic. It is clear that none of the traffic users, the cyclists, pedestrians or motorized traffic has to wait really long to get safely through this junction.

3 thoughts on “Minor junction with cycling infrastructure

  1. No, pedestrians do not have such priority here. Pedestrians get the right of way over turning vehicles only when they and those vehicles are travelling on the same road. That is not the case when the cars are on the main road and the pedestrians come from the side street. Pedestrians have to wait for a gap in traffic. If they do make the crossing and a vehicle approaches *after* the pedestrian had already started that crossing they have the right to end that crossing and motor traffic has to allow them to do that. If there had been zebra-crossings it would have been a different story altogether. In that case pedestrians always have priority, already when they show an intention to use the zebra crossing.

  2. What are the rules in relation to how much priority do pedestrians have? In Canada, pedestrians always have the right of way over every other vehicle except an emergency vehicle responding to an emergency, or when a specific signal stops a pedestrian from legally crossing, but they can only cross one arm at a time (unless otherwise marked) of an intersection, marked or unmarked.

    1. I have the same question. Does turning traffic from the minor road have to give way to pedestrians crossing the major roads, even tho thru traffic on the major road has priority over the pedestrians crossing

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