Utrecht’s Disappearing Roadways

Streetfilms, created by Clarence Eckerson jr. from New York City, are always a pleasure to watch. For his 960th video, Clarence interviewed yours truly about the huge transformation Utrecht is currently undergoing. I wasn’t expecting to be interviewed; I only planned to show Clarence around. This surprise for me led to a spontaneous video, in which I explain some things about Utrecht that I had already shown you before in a number of blog posts. First Clarence’s video:

As I mentioned in the introduction, the topics discussed had been part of blog posts I published earlier. If you would like to learn more about these subjects you can do so in the following posts and videos.

Croeselaan: From 4-lane road to linear art park

Singel Project: From traffic sewer to city park

Mariaplaats: Reconstruction of St Mary’s Place in Utrecht

Singel Project under construction: Reversing a 50-year-old detour and

Motorway removed to bring back the original water


2 thoughts on “Utrecht’s Disappearing Roadways

  1. I live in Alexandria, Virginia a suburb of Washington, DC in the USA and every year the city is reducing lanes on roads, adding on-street cycle lanes. But they are not considering the network effects or the safety of cyclists. At first these changes didn’t really do much to traffic and congestion for all users. But now that the low hanging fruit has been picked, suddenly traffic analyses for new projects are showing greater and greater congestion. My city is not unique in the Washington Area.

    Most people here still view transportation not as a multi-modal network, but as individual elements, and a zero sum game where pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists are in constant conflict with one another. Our politicians play off that conflict inflicting real damage in an effort to please their constituency.

    Thank you for showing that the Dutch view of transportation as an interconnected and interdependent network between all mode of transportation necessitates giving motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians space, and organizing that space so that no matter what mode people choose they can still get where they need to go. Someday my city will figure it out.

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