Who Has The Right Of Way In A Dutch Roundabout?
Notice anything different from what you’d expect in the U.S.A.?
A View From The Cycle Path has a more extensive report back in which it is explained that in urban areas cyclists tend to have the right of way in a roundabout. In rural areas, where I assume motorized traffic is traveling at higher speeds, they typically don’t. This is a relatively new standard (recommended in 1993, mostly adopted in 2010).
Also worth pointing out is that single lane roundabouts are favored in The Netherlands and are expected to handle 20-25,000 motorized vehicles per day. Michigan is getting roundabouts, but our engineers still associate size with effectiveness and that’s one reason why we often see 2-lane and even 3-lane roundabouts; we’re American, we lean towards the side of excess capacity instead of frugalness.
Notice anything else in this video?
(I can think of at least 2 more curiosities)