Changes expected in the bicycle ban of Utrecht’s city centre

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The bicycle ban that has been official since May 2018 in Utrecht’s city centre is causing a lot of unclarity. Last year’s ban added part of the Oudegracht and adjacent streets to the ban that was already in place.

The main reason to rethink the current rules is that they are unclear and cause confusion. They had originally been designed to reduce traffic around the Vismarkt area, where there was a clash of pedestrians and cyclists. Part of the confusion is caused by the fact that different streets are open for cyclists at different times. While the Oudegracht is off limits on weekends between 10 AM and 6 PM, in the adjacent streets it is prohibited for cyclists during those hours 7 days a week. It is not clear yet what the new set up will be.

In Utrecht, the bicycle is a very popular mode of transportation. Utrecht occupies the 3rd place on the Copenhagenize index, ranking the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, after Copenhagen and Amsterdam. The City of Utrecht released a plan of action in 2015 to greatly increase the city’s bicycle-friendliness.

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Rivka Kroes

Rivka Kroes

Rivka Kroes is a Dutchie and is currently based in Zeist. She studied Chinese and graduated in 2013 from Leiden University. She now works in language localization. You can often find Rivka in a bookstore or library as she loves to read. Apart from reading, learning about new cultures makes her really happy, especially if food is involved.

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