Saturday, July 23, 2011

Intersections: Toronto and Amsterdam

Toronto and Amsterdam are world-class cities with different approaches on how to handle pedestrian and traffic flow.

In Toronto, the intersection at Yonge and Dundas Streets is one of the busiest intersections in the city, and a pedestrian scramble was installed in 2009. Also known as ‘X’ Crossing, a scramble stops all vehicular traffic and allows pedestrians to cross the intersection in every direction at the same time.

By contrast, the way Amsterdam handles the bicycle, pedestrian and trams at busy intersections reflects how the city encourages bicycle-riding. (Yes, there are cars, though not in the video above.) While it may appear chaotic, there is a beautiful flow and order, as I have mentioned in a previous blog post.

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