Motorized traffic has increased enormously in the last 55 years all over the world and also in the Netherlands. But not in every street, at least not in the Netherlands. I have already given you examples of this before. In the case of Potterstraat in Utrecht, the street was only closed to private motorized traffic. But there are also places that were designated as areas for people only. Two of my older video’s show the car free inner-cities of Utrecht and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. I used pictures for the ‘before’ situation. Recently I came across moving images of the center of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1957. I combined these with 2012 images of the exact same spot.
First let’s look at some stills from the video.
It is clear that banning motorized traffic to the outside of city centers and designating specific areas of the city for traffic flow and others as areas for people, which was perfected under the ‘sustainable safety’ policies, was very good for the livability of Dutch cities.