Why are we waiting? Protest for longer green times


A little over a week ago, there was a protest for longer green times of the cycling traffic lights in Utrecht. The local chapter of the Cyclists’ Union (Fietsersbond) and the organisation Kracht van Utrecht (Power of Utrecht*) offered people waiting for the lights to turn green a sweet roll to ease that waiting. They also handed out leaflets that informed them where they could complain about traffic lights that are annoying to people cycling.

Last week I showed you how the municipality of ʼs-Hertogenbosch created a new signal to make crossing a large junction more convenient for cycling. That city has relatively few signalised junctions. Utrecht on the other hand has a lot, compared to similar sized cities. Underlining once again how different Dutch cities can be when it comes to cycling, because cycle infrastructure is the responsability of the municipalities. According to the Cyclists’ Union the many…

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