It’s been a while since I showed you a morning rush hour. It is always good to take a step back every now and then. I often show you different types of infrastructure, urban design plans or before and afters. But all those things simply make it possible for people to live their lives in a pleasant way and to get to work in the morning. That is what cities in the Netherlands aim to achieve with their attention to cycling. This was again explained by the executive council member for sustainable mobility in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Ufuk Kahya, this week in an interview.
However, for my post I went to Utrecht, simply because that is where I work. Utrecht has been changing the area around the central railway station since before I started filming in 2009. After so many years some locations are finally being finished and it is about time I showed you what one such new location looks like in full swing.
I have written a blog post about the transformation of the Utrecht Jaarbeursplein and Croeselaan on the west side of the station. This used to be called the back side of the station but if you look at it now it is no wonder that even when people speak about this area they don’t normally use that term anymore. This went from a traffic gutter to a very pleasant place for people. And it shows. It isn’t even completely finished. In the video you can hear a concrete mixer truck in the background, delivering the concrete for the Galaxy Tower that is being constructed. You can also see some green grass here that is really a location for a future high rise, but all the cycleways and footways have got their definitive look with a lot of beautiful stone. In November 2018, many trees were planted and they have really given the square a great new feel. Have a look at how many people on foot and on their bicycles pass here in the morning rush hour. All the while the sun is coming up and the sky is changing by the minute. I filmed this on Monday 20th of January from 7:55 to 8:15 am.
This week’s video: Sun rise in Utrecht with people cyling.