Monday, August 10, 2015

Groningen cycling template makes proper use of one-way streets.

There is considerable irony in Groningen's experience, because this Dutch city has found a genuine use for one-way streets: They're deployed to keep cars out of the central district, not to enable their rushed passage through it.

I'd say it's a lesson we might adaptively learn, but then again, New Albany isn't a "learning" kind of place ... yet.

How Groningen invented a cycling template for cities all over the world, by Renate van der Zee (The Guardian)

“Instead of destroying old neighbourhoods, we wanted to restore them and convert them into pleasant areas for people to live in. The idea was to discourage motorised traffic and to give priority to pedestrians, bikes and public transport,” remembers Van den Berg. “All this was feasible because Groningen is a relatively small, compact city. The distances are short and can easily be covered by foot or by bike.”

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