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Reconstruction of a former main street in Utrecht

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 … Continue reading

4 November 2020 · 4 Comments

Utrecht corrects a historic urban design mistake

billet en français 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 … Continue reading

16 September 2020 · 12 Comments

Cycling around the restored Utrecht moat

billet en français The restored Utrecht city moat will be officially opened this Saturday. Unfortunately with little fanfare due to the Corona crisis, but this historic event – the removal … Continue reading

9 September 2020 · 4 Comments

Sustainable Urban Mobility – Online Course

Professor Dr Robin Hickman from London asked me to participate in a video for an upcoming online course on Sustainable Urban Mobility. Professor Hickman is the director of University College … Continue reading

24 August 2020 · Leave a comment

When you design streets for people, not for machines

The Utrecht Maliebaan is a beautiful tree-lined avenue – over 60 metres wide – that was built almost 400 years ago as a sports track for a game that was … Continue reading

15 January 2020 · 2 Comments

The A2 motorway no longer divides Maastricht

Not too long ago the A2 motorway split the city of Maastricht in two. The internationally important road connection cut off the east of the city from the centre. The … Continue reading

16 October 2019 · 18 Comments

How cycle friendly is Dublin?

I couldn’t remember when I last felt afraid on my bicycle. Not just anxious, but genuinely fearing for my life. I do now, after I cycled in Dublin last week. … Continue reading

3 July 2019 · 15 Comments

A spectacular bridge for walking and cycling in Venlo

What used to be the city’s river port is now a redeveloped area with a park, shops and apartments. A – what the newspapers called – spectacular bridge was built … Continue reading

8 May 2019 · 3 Comments

From 4-lane road to linear art park

Utrecht has reconstructed yet another arterial road. The Croeselaan was a 4-lane road, leading to an area in the city that had been designed with only the private car in … Continue reading

17 April 2019 · 3 Comments

From main road to attractive people’s space

Utrecht is reconstructing the streets directly around the historic city centre. These streets, alongside the former city wall and moat, were once supposed to become a four lane main road. … Continue reading

4 December 2018 · 5 Comments

Is Copenhagen a City of Cyclists?

The City of Copenhagen wants to be the best cycling city in the world and calls itself “City of Cyclists”. How justified is that from a Dutch perspective?

27 November 2018 · 29 Comments

Another reconstructed city centre street in Utrecht

Retailers in the Utrecht shopping street Oudkerkhof are very pleased with how their street was reconstructed. Some seem to think it was done at their request. But this transformation was … Continue reading

18 September 2018 · 11 Comments

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