It may seem like a small change, but with nearly 3.200 cyclists per hour passing this intersection it is a major improvement in the bicycle flows of the city of Amsterdam.
By removing the safety buffer island, more space is available for cyclists waiting for the green light. This causes less conflicts between waiting cyclists and cyclists passing in the other direction.
Amsterdam is facing increasing numbers of cyclists, outgrowing the available space in the historic city center. Bas Driessen of FABRIC joined a multidisciplinary team of designers and traffic engineers set up by the Traffic and Public Space department of the City of Amsterdam which aims to tackle nine of Amsterdam’s busiest intersections. The goal is to improve conditions for cyclists with simple, low-cost measurements which do not require large and long-lasting procedures. The intersection at Weesperzijde/Treublaan near the Berlagebrug is the first one that is realized, and there are three more underway.
Compare with the old situation on Google Streetview.