Four way crossing in Groningen

I come across great videos thanks to the shared knowledge on Twitter, and can’t help but sharing them here!

This one, short and sweet, shows a four way crossing, called “Green Phase”, for bicycles in Groningen, Netherlands.

{Original video “Green Phase for Cyclists” by Streetfilm}

What at first may look chaotic and perhaps dangerous – How can they not crash into each other? I may hear you say – is clearly and succinctly explained by the transport engineer

“…because as bicycles you are in the open air […] you make eye contact, you speak to each other, that’s the advantage on being on a bicycle”.

When our experience of urban transport and the resultant interaction with each other is so strongly influenced by one mode alone, i.e. driving, the idea that you can communicate while in transit and make quick adjustments may seem alien. That’s why being humble and open mind about learning from others, and embracing that other countries may do it better than us, can only bring positive changes.

The video is only 1min and 30sec, really worth watching.

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