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Unusually for the Netherlands, an urban landscape which is dominated by cars. There is comparatively little cycle parking, presumably because there is little need for it.

This is Oosterwolde in Friesland and an example of the "Shared Space" ideas of Hans Monderman.

Watch the video to see traffic on an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon. One car overtook me a little too close, the other overtook someone cycling on the other side of the road much too close. Both were travelling in excess of the speed limit.

This scheme may have worked initially due to novelty, but it seems to be heading for car dominance in the centre of this town. Luckily this has only been done on a few streets.

See also #12492 for another photo of Oosterwolde or #12344 for a more usual Dutch town centre - with a lot of bikes in it.

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