An Utrecht neighborhood transformed for lower speed limit, better pedestrian and bicycling access

This corner of Utrecht was designed in the 1960’s when the paradigm was cars, cars and more cars.  The roads had a 50 km/hr speed limit and weren’t exactly friendly to pedestrians or cyclists.

The city redesigned (“modernized”) the area by blocking access to a few streets, narrowing the streets, lowering the speed limit, and adding more greenery.

It was observed that just putting up a lower speed limit sign wouldn’t change driver behavior so long as the roads looked like a “through street”.  Hence it was necessary to change the design to streets which looked like quiet residential area roads.


About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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