Cars and Chaos
The demand for cars has been going full throttle around the world since the beginning of the 20th century, placing ever-greater demands on our road networks. It was every driver for themselves and the situation was becoming increasingly chaotic.
Wayne County, Michigan. After seeing a milk truck leak a trail of milk onto the road, Edward N. Hines has the idea of using painted lines to separate traffic. In 2011, Hines is posthumously recognized for his contribution in Amsterdam.
Mind the Bike
The first dedicated roadside cycle track is built as an experiment by the Ministry of Transport in the UK.
Swiss Street Machines
Swiss Robert Ehrismann, and his eponymous company, becomes the very first to employ machines to mark roads. The first road the company marked was a »little« stretch of road from Basel to Chiasso—over 30 km with a single line!
Europe Gets a Bus Lane
In 1963, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg becomes the first European city to adopt dedicated bus lanes to alleviate traffic congestion. Other German cities get on board soon after.
Copenhagen Gets the Blues
In an effort to increase safety and heighten motorists' awareness of cyclists, the City of Copenhagen introduces blue cycle lanes for intersection crossings.
The Big (Red) Apple
New York City becomes the first municipality in the United States to paint bus lanes red.
A Work of Art
Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands pays tribute to its most famous son and constructs the Van-Gogh-Route bike path using glow-in-the-dark markings reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.