Utrecht to become a more “car-free” city

City of Utrecht, led by mayor Sharon Dijksma, is asking residents and interested parties to provide ideas on making the area between Ledig Erf, Albatrosstraat, Vondellaan and Bleekstraat more car-free. This would create more space for cyclists and pedestrians and, in general, a more pleasant life. The municipality has investigated various options, which resulted in six variants for the traffic flow in this area.

For now, the Commission sees the most advantages in the option in which car traffic is banned from the Singel in combination with an exit ban between Albatrosstraat and Baden Powellweg. This ensures 40 percent less traffic on the Vondellaan, while Albatrosstraat will also have less car traffic (20 percent). 

Since the redevelopment of Rotsoord and the opening of Vaartsche Rijn station in 2016, the south area of the city center has increasingly become an offshoot. The number of cyclists is already higher than the number of cars and will continue to increase in the upcoming years, while the number of cars remains the same or further decreases. The number of buses on the Dichtersbaan – Vondellaan – Albatrosstraat route will increase. Bus line 12 was also be replaced by tram 22, making it possible to rearrange the route along the canal.

Utrecht residents can respond to the six variants until 8 February via this link: Denkmee.utrecht.nl. Questions can be asked during special digital consultation hours. The municipality also invites various stakeholders, including representatives of business organizations, institutions and residents’ organizations, to join group discussions about the traffic study. The Commission will take all responses into account.

For more information, visit www.utrecht.nl/zuidpoort.