Bike Boom pp 179-210 | Cite as

How the Dutch Really Got Their Cycleways

  • Carlton Reid


Brexit-besotted Brits may have voted—by a wafer-thin margin—to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, but you wouldn’t know it from the bus shelters on Oxford Road in Manchester: in block orange letters, and with a windmill icon beneath, those waiting are advised to “Go Dutch!” This isn’t guerilla stenciling from the city’s beleaguered cycle advocates; it’s an official message from Transport for Greater Manchester. A £1-billion makeover has made the road—one of the busiest bus routes in Europe—safe for cyclists. Cars are funneled onto parallel roads; cyclists have their own wide curbed lanes, and buses are now faster than ever. This is what the Dutch call “unraveling”: separating the vehicle types and protecting the squishy humans. Such makeovers are normal for the Netherlands, but very much not normal for the UK.

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