Implementing sustainable mobility
Utrecht is characterised by bikes. Wherever one goes, the bike is a popular choice to get there. The city wants to maintain cycling as a popular choice for short trips and increase cycling for trips of up to 7.5 km in the city centre. There is however a shortage of places where people can leave their bike already. With the growth of the city, especially with the development of the Leidsche Rijn area that is projected to attract 90,000 new residents, and the redevelopment of the area around the central station, Utrecht does not want to let a lack of parking spots discourage people from cycling. That is why the city is taking a close look at parking facilities for bikes in the city centre.
The goal of this measure is to:
>> Encourage longer cycling trips of up to 7.5 km through the provision of new bike parking facilities for 3,500 bikes.
If people are to move around the city by bike, a sufficient number of parking spots need to be available and different options need to be offered to meet people’s varying needs. The city is working on an integrated action plan for bicycle parking in the city centre for different target groups. Some cyclists are happy to leave their bike unguarded, while others prefer to know their bike guarded to prevent loss or damage. Utrecht aims to create new guarded parking facilities for 2,950 bikes and unguarded facilities for 435 bikes. Facilities for carrier cycles will be created and improved, as well.
The city is targeting potential bicycle users with this measure, meaning all citizens and commuters that are travelling to the city centre. Other stakeholders that the city will involve include local and regional authorities, visitors, interest groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and cyclists groups, environmental organisations, the tourism sector, neighbouring municipalities, shopkeepers and companies.
How is the measure progressing
In 2010, Utrecht has made some progress in the realisation of new bicycle parking facilities. The city has already created new guarded bicycle parking places for 2,691 bikes at the Smakkelaarsveld and for 150 bikes at Lange Koestraat. It has also worked on 762 bicycle clips in the city centre. Many have been replaced and 234 extra clips have been installed in the inner city. Utrecht also organised a competition to raise support for bike parking facilities amongst citizens and generate innovative ideas. The competition received 190 contributions.
Utrecht will continue to implement its action and communication plan on bicycle parking with a special focus on the enforcement of existing parking regulations and the creation of further mobile bicycle parking facilities that are moveable. The city will continue to raise awareness and promote the measure among potential users and other target groups, and keep them informed about its progress and results.
Utrecht will further increase the amount of unguarded outdoor parking facilities. A working group will prepare for the renovation or installation of over 20,000 bike parking facilities at the central station in the coming years. A renovation plan is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.
What are the expected results of the measure
Utrecht expects that the measure will result in:
>> New parking spots for 3,500 bicycles; and that
>> At least 60 percent of all trips of up to 7.5 km will be done by bike.
Contact: Marijn van Est