I posted a one minute video of an Amsterdam intersection which got a lot of attention on Twitter two months ago. That minute shows many different types of bicycles and people passing by in all sorts of vehicles. This made the images extraordinary and mesmerizing to some people from other countries. Their comments are telling. To most of the Dutch the intersection of Weteringschans and Museumbrug in the historic city centre looks busy but nothing out of the ordinary. Some were quite entertained by the comments.
I filmed to show that Dutch intersections work a bit differently compared to most other countries. The one minute was just an appetiser. In this post I will show you the complete video of 5 minutes that also shows the intersection from different angles. The one minute video is indeed part of this video. In fact the shot is even longer and you can see it from the 2:54 minute mark to the 4:14 mark. Embedded in the rest of the video I think you’ll better understand what most of the Dutch observers see: just people going about their business passing a point that is designed to make the traffic flow, all types of traffic. And it just works.
Let’s have a closer look at some of those comments and the story they tell.