Tour of Rijswijk

We toured transportation facilities in Rijswijk, Netherlands on Thursday, July 9. The below google maps tour shows the transportation facilities that we toured.

1) Delftweg, which is the old road from the Hague to Delft, has a bayonet traffic calming device to prevent through traffic and slow down motorists. The bayonet reduces the road to one direction at a time and has an “S” curve.

Delftweg's bayonet traffic calmer

Delftweg’s bayonet traffic calmer

2) De Oversteek Bridge, which opened in 2014, is a bicycle and pedestrian only bridge. The Netherlands has a goal to create a bicycle network that has safe and convenient crossings within 500 meters of each other. This bridge helps to reach this goal by creating a more convenient canal crossing.

De Oversteek Bridge

De Oversteek Bridge

3) Rembrandtkade experienced a conversion from a street with a standard bike lane to a street with a cycletrack. The first photo below shows how Rembrandtkde was designed in 2008. The second photo shows the new design in 2014. With overwhelming support from the residents, which likely wouldn’t be the case in the United States, automobile parking was removed so trees could be replanted as dividers between every two parking spaces. With the space where the trees used to be planted, a cycletrack was installed. All of this was done without widening the existing right of way!

Rembrandtkade in September 2008

Rembrandtkade in September 2008

Rembrandtkade in August 2014

Rembrandtkade in August 2014

4) Haagweg is being converted from four lanes down to two lanes so the tram ROW can be widened. Local service roads are being added to the project so bicyclists can have a safe and comfortable through road. Motorists can only use the local service road for local access only.

Haagweg

Haagweg

Da Costa neighborhood traffic calming

5a) The Da Costa neighborhood has a splay diverter because the diagonal street was being used as a shortcut for motorists.The splay diverter was employed to reduce traffic on local users. The approaches from the left and right are both one-way streets pointed towards the device. At the intersection, each street is split so drivers must choose to go right or left. No through movements are allowed, and because the approaches are both one-way in, a driver can’t weasel around the barriers and keep going. Bollards are employed to enable cyclists to cut through.

Splay diverter in the Da Costa neighborhood

Splay diverter in the Da Costa neighborhood

5b) Even though signage is rarely effective for traffic calming (how effective are speed limit signs?), signage has been effective for traffic calming in the Da Costa neighborhood. As the below street view screenshot shows, motorists can’t turn left or right at the intersection so are forced to proceed straight through the intersection. Cyclists are allowed in any direction.

Signage used to create reversing one-way streets

Signage used to create reversing one-way streets

The below map shows the intersection of Bilderdijklaan and Da Costalaan with one-way street arrows pointing at the intersection.

Map of reversing one-way streets

Map of reversing one-way streets

6) We only stopped in the old center of Rijswijk for a minute so I didn’t have time to take any photos. The old center of Rijswijk is a pedestrian mall so most automobiles are prohibited.

7) The Netherlands has been doing amazing things with roads that were designed for automobiles. Huis te Lindelaan, which is a main arterial from the 1960s, now has cycle tracks on it. In addition, as the below photo shows, Huis te Lindelaan had a road diet to create one-lane crossings. I find it interesting how there is automobile parking on the main arterial and the service road because I believe automobile parking should only be on the service road. Main arterials are only for through traffic so motorists should drive onto the service road before parking.

Road diet to create one-lane crossing across Huis te Lindelaan at Doctor Colijnlaan

Road diet to create one-lane crossing across Huis te Lindelaan at Doctor Colijnlaan

8) Rijswijk built a new town center near the new train station

Rijswijk's new town center and rail station

Rijswijk’s new town center and rail station

9) Steenvordelaan, which is an access road to the shopping center, had its speed limit reduced to 30 km/h and transit friendly traffic calming implemented.

Traffic calming along access street to shopping center

Traffic calming along access street to shopping center

10) Sir Winston Churchilllaan road diet at Eisenhowerplein. Sir Winston Churchilllaan used to be a huge road with a horrendously long crosswalk. By reducing traffic to one lane in each direction, and adding pedestrian refuges between each lane and between the road and tram tracks, the distance was broken down into manageable segments. Traffic modeling showed that since this area was primarily governed by the signals on either side of the segment, and not the pedestrian crossing in the middle, that the flow would be relatively unaffected by a reduction in lanes.

Bicycle and pedestrian crossing across Sir Winston Churchilllaan

Bicycle and pedestrian crossing across Sir Winston Churchilllaan

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