The redesign of the Utrecht Sint Jacobsstraat

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Summary

This new one way cycle track is 2.5 metres wide. That means people can ride two abreast and there is still room to overtake. Left and right the flower beds with blooming Aster flowers.

This new one way cycle track is 2.5 metres wide. That means people can ride two abreast and there is still room to overtake. Left and right the flower beds with blooming Aster flowers.


TakeAways

A quote from the article:

City streets used to be designed with only the private car in mind, but that has changed (in The Netherlands at least). In many Dutch city centres the car is no longer the dominant form of transport and so the streets can become places. These places need to be attractive and safe, also for the most vulnerable road users: children, the elderly and people with disabilities. A city centre street is only good enough if these groups can use it freely. In the afternoon that I filmed in a recently reconstructed street in Utrecht I saw people of all of these groups. That must mean the street was successfully redesigned.