When one realises that a cycle lane barely wide enough for a car can move as many people as a four-lane highway – and in total silence – it is hard to think of sprawling, car-dependent societies as a utopia of personal freedoms. Brett Petzer shares his experiences and thoughts on planning the Cycling City.
“Cape Town teaches me that nothing is as it seems…” This week’s Voice of the City is political activist, Bonnie Horbach,
Road building traditions go back a long way and they are influenced by many factors. But the way Dutch streets and roads are built today is largely the result of deliberate political decisions in the 1970s to turn away from the car centric policies of the prosperous post-war era. Changed ideas about mobility, safer and more livable cities, and about the environment, led to a new type of streets in the Netherlands.