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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.

11 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

  4. grosfillex permalink
    December 14, 2015 8:43 pm

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  5. January 5, 2016 10:41 am

    What’s up, the whole thing is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing
    information, that’s truly good, keep up writing.

  6. January 5, 2016 11:37 am

    A truly amazing structure and it shows how serious the Dutch are about traffic safety – especially for those cycling and walking. It also shows how committed they are to encourage more people to cycle. An interesting feature of the design is that the roadways were lowered in order to reduce the elevation gain required to reach the ring from the neighbouring paths. The Hovenring was opened in 2011. Here is more on the Hovenring:
    I tried to encourage the CoV to think big and incorporate a half ring of this nature into the redesign of the Burrard/Cornwall intersection but to no avail.

    Here is a pic of another interesting cycling structure in the Netherlands. This is in the port area of Rotterdam. It is a covered moving sidewalk ramp to bring those cycling up to the level of the grade separated intersecting road/bike path.

  7. Thomas Beyer permalink
    January 5, 2016 8:11 pm

    UBC should have done that at the busy Wesbrook and 16th intersection and at the soon to be redesigned University Blvd and Wesbrook intersection. Frequent near accidents as buses, bikes, pedestrians and cars have to be accommodated . Separating cars & buses from bikes & pedestrians is a worthwhile goal to keep traffic moving, to reduce pollution, to save time and to save lives.


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