Signing the way
Rotterdam is a well-organised city. During its reconstruction, a clear street plan was opted for, with ample space for the car (economy) and only a few small streets and alleyways. Over the years, the connection with the southern part of the city has also improved. Next to the Maastunnel there are three bridges that link North and South: the Willems Bridge, Van Brienenoord Bridge and most recently the Erasmus Bridge.
Finding your way
Even without navigation, you can easily find your way in Rotterdam. For both the car driver and the cyclist and pedestrian, signposting in the streets is included almost everywhere. Separate road sections are reserved for all target groups. Traffic lights in the Netherlands go from red directly to green, so there is no orange spotlight in between. With green light you still get an orange spotlight before the traffic light goes to red. Many zebra crossings have also been included in the street scene. These are highly respected by motorists. Not stopping for crossing pedestrians is unusual and is considered indecent. The Dutch are patient drivers. Horning is not common and even banned if there is no emergency. However, car traffic is increasing, with traffic jams as a result.
Links = Left
Rechts = Right
Rechtdoor = Straight ahead
Verkeerslicht = Traffic light
Voetpad = Foot path
Fietspad = Bicycle path
Fietstunnel = Bicycle tunnel
Zebrapad = Pedestrian crossing
Waterweg = Water way
Waterbus = Water bus
Watertaxi = Water taxi
File = Traffic jam
Spitsuur = Rush hour
Fietsers afstappen! = Cyclists step off!
Toegang verboden = Access prohibited
Zachte berm = Soft verges
Betreden op eigen risico = Enter at your own risk
Doorgaand rijverkeer gestremd = Ongoing traffic blocked
Let op! Bussluis = Attention! Bus lock
Uitgezonderd landbouwverkeer = Agricultural traffic only
Vergunninghouders = License holders
Parkeerautomaat = Parking machine
Hoogspanning! Levensgevaar! = High voltage! Danger of death!