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Boston Globe: A cyclist’s mecca, with lessons for Boston. By innovating ways for cars and bikes to share the road, the Dutch have set the safety standard.
HOUTEN, the Netherlands — The intersection at De Koppeling Street is the kind of sight that might render a Bostonian speechless.
It’s a double-decker roundabout.
The top level functions like a normal rotary, cars entering and leaving from four directions. That bit of controlled chaos New Englanders know well.
But on a level just below the cars, there’s another rotary, this one is just for bikes. As cars flow through the circle overhead, a steady stream of businessmen and moms and 12-year-olds wend their way through the intersection on their bicycles, safe, separated from cars, and undisturbed.