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This woman is cycling on a dangerous intersection in Utrecht in the Netherlands.

But that same intersection now has protected cycle ways...

after a recent update. How was this achieved?

Earlier, all cycle ways stopped well before the intersection.

After reconstruction the cycle ways continue...

on the intersection itself.

Once again: no cycle ways on the intersection before

and protected cycle ways after the reconstruction.

How did that change going through this intersection?

Going straight-on meant you had to filter through motor traffic

to find your way to the advanced stop line and the bike box.

When it turned green, you could continue your way,

but you had to cycle on the carriageway for a very long time.

This is what that looked like in reality.

You had to filter past motor traffic wanting to turn right

on a dedicated right turning lane.

You had to wait at the advanced stop line.

And then you could make the actual long crossing.

In the new situation

you can cycle all the way to the advanced position of the traffic light

on a protected cycle way.

You have your own space to wait for the light to change

and the crossing is much shorter.

The approach alongside motor traffic feels much safer.

Note that the man on the box bike leaves space open

for passers-by from other directions.

That makes that this woman can pass easily.

when the light turns green, we make the far shorter crossing of the carriageway.

The cycle way is a bit narrow

so passing is not so easy, but it can be done.

The left turn was rather complicated.

Again, you had to filter to reach the advanced stop line and the bike box.

You would then have to cycle to the far corner of the intersection,

to wait, on the carriageway itself, for the lights to change.

After which you could finish your left turn.

This is what that looked like on the street.

You had to use the narrow on-street cycle lane.

While riding along this van you could only hope the driver had seen you

and would wait with his turn.

You then had to cycle to the waiting area in the far corner of the intersection.

After the lights had changed

you could finish your left turn, (while avoiding the two boys

going against traffic illegally).

In the new situation you can easily cycle all the way to the front

Wait for your own light to turn green and cycle across the carriageway

to the cycle way on the other side of the street.

There you can turn left and wait for the second light. After that has turned green

you could make the crossing to finish your left turn.

Passing this large truck feels a lot safer on the protected cycleway.

It is easy to reach the traffic light and wait for it to turn green.

The crossing is straight and as short as possible, and on the other side

you make your left turn on the cycle way.

Wait for this second light to turn green,

to finish your turn by crossing this second carriageway,

to reach the cycle way on the other side.

The right turn has changed as well.

In the before situation you had to wait for the light to change.

After which you could make your right turn.

At the traffic light you had to wait with people going in all directions.

Only after was green you could finish your right turn.

In the new situation the right turn can be made before you even reach the traffic light.

This is what that looks like.

You turn behind the people waiting for the light.

Even if that is red, you can make your turn.

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