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The Hovenring: A new level of bike infrastructure

August 23, 2012

In The Netherlands, of course.  This is the Hovenring under construction:

… this was an extremely large rural roundabout (officially a ‘traffic circle’ because of the right of way arrangements) with separated cycle paths all around it (map here, before the Hovenring) …

Now why did this have to change? It had cycle paths and there were traffic lights to control the flow of traffic. But to the Dutch that is not safe enough anymore. Yes, there was separation, but at the places of crossing motorized traffic and cyclists were only separated in time and not in place.


This elevated bike roundabout is 72 metres in diameter, with a 70-metre tall pylon.  It opened on June 29, and this is how it was being used on Aug 12:


It looks like there are more bikes on the ring than cars on the motorway.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. guest permalink
    August 23, 2012 3:16 pm

    Nice (that top photo is confusing be cause there are cars on or approaching the bike ring, which is probably under construction in that pic)
    Is it for pedestrians too?
    If not, there would be a severe deficiency of pedestrian infrastructure at that intersection, as I don’t see any sidewalks at the lower road level.

  2. ITO-masta 2000 permalink
    August 31, 2012 5:10 pm

    @ guest. Dutch suburbs don’t look anything like most suburbs in the Anglophone sphere. Developers aren’t allowed to build unless they have made sure unless facilities for cyclists and pedestrians are taken into account. Accesability to transit is also taken into account. Not just for suburbs but for business and industrial estates aswell. Suburbs from the car centric 50’and 60’s are/were even retro fitted with cycle facilities. See:

    Most Dutch suburbs also have their own schools and shops all within walking/biking distance.

    And cycling isn’t something trendy to the Dutch. It’s part of regular life, just another form of transportation and it has been so for decades.

  3. October 2, 2013 11:10 am

    The Hovenring is a finalist at the Dutch Design Awards.
    If you like it you can vote on the Hovenring at


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