There are usually more routes you can take for the same journey from A to B. In the Netherlands most of those routes will be suitable for cycling. The route from the north of the city to the centre, that I showed you two weeks ago, is a main cycle route. However, between the exact same beginning and end you can also choose an official alternative route. In Dutch it will become a “doorfietsroute” for which I cannot think of a snappy English equivalent. The meaning comes close to a “carry-on cycle route”. Which sounds very strange in English, but in Dutch it has several positive connotations: non-stop, useable at a good speed, without barriers etc. In other words, a good alternative. But the route has not yet been reconstructed to be such a route. So far it is “just another cycle route”. Which means this post is showing you the before situation of a route that will be reconstructed to become a good alternative route.
Utrecht wants to build several alternative convenient cycle routes. This one follows the shore of the river Vecht. It is a very green route and the whole route will be transformed into a cycle street. That means the route will get red asphalt and cycling will get priority. The project is to be finalised between now and 2017. Not much else will change, but this was enough to have residents up in arms. They fear things will change much more than they will actually do. The route already is a main alternative cycle route, as the video will show you. The situation will really only improve, because parking will be done in parking bays, away from the actual road way. The response of the residents shows that even in The Netherlands people get all stressed when something changes to their living environment. People do not like to hear cycling gets priority over motor traffic. Even though in reality all that will change is the colour of the asphalt and the location of the parked cars.