It’s hard to keep up with all the recent infrastructural changes in Utrecht. The changes are also increasingly harder to explain to a foreign audience. One of the latest street re-designs involves the removal of protected cycleways from a shopping … Continue reading When does a street no longer require protected cycleways?
Utrecht has redesigned yet another public space in its city centre to make it much more attractive for walking and cycling. Almost all of the streets on the east side of the canal ring surrounding the historic city centre had … Continue reading Less and less space for cars in the Utrecht city centre
Happy birthday Utrecht! Today the city celebrates that it was granted city rights on 2 June 1122 by Holy Roman Emperor Henry V when he visited Utrecht, exactly 899 years ago. Next year Utrecht will celebrate its 900th anniversary in … Continue reading How much did Utrecht change in a decade?
Rotterdam reopened a main city centre street that was completely redesigned. It got much less space for cars, but much more space for cycling and walking. The city expects cycling to be by far the most important mode of traffic in future. Continue reading Rotterdam takes an important step towards becoming a cycle friendly city
For centuries there was only one safe route to cross the moor and heath between Oirschot and Eindhoven. Nowadays there are other main routes for motor traffic especially. In recent years the old and most direct road has slowly been … Continue reading The Green Corridor; turning an old road into a recreational zone
Streets are never finished. Their design needs constant monitoring. Traffic flows may change over time, people’s travel habits may change and views on which is the preferred mode of transportation may change as well. When the municipality of ʼs-Hertogenbosch established … Continue reading Two intersections improved for cycling
The F50 fast cycle route from Oss to Uden in the south of the Netherlands is under construction. When I cycled the route last July 2020 road works were on-going south-east of the village of Nistelrode. According to the municipal … Continue reading Another stage of the F50 fast cycle route finished
Utrecht opened a new cycling underpass in the canal route through the city on the rainy morning of 1 December 2020. The underpass replaces the only remaining at-grade intersection in a main cycle route next to a canal. According to … Continue reading A new cycling underpass in Utrecht
The city of ʼs-Hertogenbosch redesigned a major intersection. Until the 1970s this intersection was part of the main north-south route in the country. Fortunately, most through traffic now uses the motorways around the city. Even though this intersection is still … Continue reading A reconstructed intersection in ʼs-Hertogenbosch
The city of Utrecht finished yet another reconstructed street. The Voorstraat used to be the main east-west route through the city centre for centuries, but ever since that route was severed for cars in the 1990s, the volume of car … Continue reading Reconstruction of a former main street in Utrecht
Last Saturday Utrecht’s restored canal ring was officially opened. Unannounced and early in the morning the crew of the replica Roman ship “Per Mare ad Laurium” (some even dressed in period costumes) pulled a rope to tilt a gigantic bucket. … Continue reading Utrecht corrects a historic urban design mistake
Billet en français The current crisis, with the stay at home policy, forced me to be inventive in finding topics for new blog posts. That is why I browsed through my vast archive of never before used images and I … Continue reading A huge transformation in ʼs-Hertogenbosch