Cycle infrastructure in ’s-Hertogenbosch

A short ride in ‘s-Hertogenbosch a.k.a. Den Bosch (Netherlands) on well connected but different types of cycle infrastructure. In this short stretch you can see a cycle lane, a protected (separated) cycle path, a grade separated cycle path/lane, a shared road with priority for cyclists and well designed junctions, one of which is a roundabout with priority for cyclists. The first few seconds show old fashioned (1960s) road design: the large entrance roads to a bridge. Here cyclists have to give priority. The arterial road was designed differently but the city never built it as planned. This resulted in a very strange 180 degree turn as a bridge entrance for motorized traffic which has to be crossed by cyclists. No really good  solution was found for this design legacy.

All this cycle infrastructure is next to one of the city’s main through routes. Filmed on a quiet summer evening so the artery is less busy than in rush hour which goes for both motorized traffic as well as bicyclists.

A ride in the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch on a summer evening.

2 thoughts on “Cycle infrastructure in ’s-Hertogenbosch

  1. You say “No really good solution was found for this design legacy” of the ramp up to the bridge for cyclists. I’m sure a good solution could be devised, but what were the limitations? The desire to not spend so much on something that required a lot of earth-moving?

    I really like this video because it shows a large variety of intersections, bike lanes, and cycle tracks designs outside the city center where residency is less dense. There are some neighborhoods in Chicago that have large roads (we call them boulevards). Most people will bike on the outer road (what we call the service drive, which is how you park in front of your house – there are no driveways) even though it has 4x as many stop-controlled intersections and cyclists have no priority in them. If you cycle on the main road, then you are subject to being passed closely by speeding motorists, but you can cycle fast yourself as there are no stop-controlled intersections at every block.

    I think this neighborhood, Logan Square, can benefit from some of the treatments seen here, especially the “shared space – cars are guests” segment.

  2. Hiya – how does NL cater for visually disabled people? The UK has an extremely powerful lobby for the visually impaired and a substantial part of installing a shared-use cycle/ped route is the installation of tactile paving. I’ve even noticed this is a new section of dedicated cycle route, separate from the footway, In Goodmans Yard, London –

    Tactile paving comes in two types – stripes and bobbles, which indicate a footway or shared section to the visually impaired. The snags for cyclists are it’s is slippery when wet, the slabs are prone to subsidence and heave, meaning these can present a hazard unless well maintained, and the striped version tends to grab at the bike’s wheel, which can result in a fall.

    I realise the answer is to go for separated cycleways, but I was alarmed to see them used at Goodmans Yard. I’m sure NL does have some shared areas similar to the UK — what do you do?


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