Berenkuil (traffic)

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A berenkuil (a

bicycle paths

Perhaps the first berenkuil, and the one that gives its name to this type of circle, is the one in

Utrecht, built in 1944. There are several theories for the origin of its name, including the possibility that an actual bear pit was located there, or that it was named in honor of the British 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division, nicknamed the polar bears, who liberated Utrecht from the Nazis.[2]

Other examples

  • In Eindhoven, the Berenkuil (a traffic circle of the same type on the city's ring road, officially known as Insulindeplein) has become an official free zone for graffiti and has been the site of graffiti festivals.[3][4] In 2011, a new roundabout for cyclists shaped as a kind of “inverted berenkuil”, named Hovenring, has been constructed between Eindhoven and Veldhoven in the Netherlands.[5]
Lammenschansplein, a berenkuil in Leiden


  1. ^ In the old spelling (until 2005) this was spelled berekuil, without the n.
  2. Volkskrant
    (in Dutch).
  3. ^ "Internationaal graffiti festival in Berenkuil", Groot Eindhoven (in Dutch), 8 September 2010, archived from the original on 19 July 2011, retrieved 5 October 2010
  4. ^ "Eindhovense Berenkuil krijgt internationaal bezoek", Omroep Brabant (in Dutch), 11 September 2010.
  5. ^ Render, Nick (11 February 2011), "Hovenring tussen Eindhoven en Veldhoven officieel geopend", Omroep Brabant (in Dutch), retrieved 18 July 2012.
  6. ^ Berenkuil krijgt brug over spoor, Brussel, 20 March 2013