The Bike Lanes You Can’t See – Ontvlechten in 2022

Updated: 07-2022


The Netherlands has some of the best bicycle infrastructure in the world, but some of it is completely invisible … until you learn about ontvlechten. Dutch cities take care to separate or “disentangle” routes taken by drivers from those taken by everyone else, making their streets safer, quieter, and more efficient. These routes are determined by hoofdnetten (and plusnetten), where each form of traffic gets its own routes through the city.

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0:00 Intro
0:05 Bicycle infrastructure
0:44 Ontvlechten
0:57 Busy roads and suburban mazes
1:55 The Dutch approach: hoofdnetten and plusnetten
3:27 Hoofdnet examples
4:04 Filtered permeability
5:01 Hoofdnet routes for cars & bicycles
5:17 Safe and efficient road networks
6:29 Summary and conclusion
7:00 Patreon shout-out
7:12 Outro