Notes: Route may vary. Major changes can be noted here at a later date.
Cycle tour of Utrecht part 1
Catharijnesingel: From motorway to canal
- BicycleDutch: Motorway removed to bring back the original water
- Route to/from city centre
- Parking protected cycle path
- Note bus stop bypasses / island bus stops, explainer: Riding around the bus stop
- Around 10,000 cars and 20,000 bicycles daily.
- BicycleDutch video including some images of the street pre-cycle paths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOkbz4tm324 (ends pre-protected junction as below)
Junction of Amsterdamsestraatweg and Sint-Josephlaan
- BicycleDutch: Intersection redesign in Utrecht (part 1)
- BicycleDutch: Intersection redesign in Utrecht (part 2)
- Dutch protected junctions explainer: Junction design in the Netherlands + State of the Art Bikeway Design – A further look
Sint-Josephlaan to Lessinglaan
- + streets of different names in between
- Part of inner ring road
- Starts with two-way cycle paths on both sides of the street, some merge with service streets
- Narrows to unidirectional cycle paths on both sides
- Around Thomas à Kempisweg: Residents and the city have debated how best to reduce traffic and turn the road into a “city boulevard” with more greenery, less space for cars etc, see article in Dutch here: https://www.duic.nl/algemeen/de-westelijke-stadsboulevard-welke-variant-kiest-de-politiek/
Dafne Schippers Bridge
- €7m bridge built on top of a school to add a better connection between central Utrecht and new western suburbs across the massive Amsterdam–Rhine Canal.
- BicycleDutch: The cycle path atop a school
- BicycleDutch: Cycling onto the Dafne Schippersbrug
Leidseweg bicycle street
- BicycleDutch: Celebrating a new main cycle route in Utrecht
- Note: Traffic filtered out to make bicycle street work.
- BicycleDutch: From 4-lane road to linear art park
- Through traffic removed.
- Part of Utrecht Centraal station redevelopment.
Cycle tour of Utrecht part 2
- BicycleDutch: Main cycle routes updated in Utrecht
- Updated route along canal.
- Route goes partly around and way from the city.
- BicycleDutch: From ring road to city boulevard
- Another section of the inner ring road
- 2×2 lane road changed to 2×1 lane streets
- Includes traffic lights that only turn on when side road traffic builds up
‘t Goylaan to Utrecht Lunetten
- Example of cycle paths beside motorway slip-road roundabout.
- Example of seamless connection from cycle path beside road, to cycle path on its own, to bicycle street, to cycle path etc.
Weg tot de Wetenschap (“Road to Science”)
- Route to Science Park area which includes university and medical campus outside motorway ring.
- Built as part of tram route to Science Park
- BicycleDutch: Utrecht straightens out a cycle route
Adriaen van Ostadelaan
- Urban village area with not enough space for segregation and where space was previously dominated by cars.
- BicycleDutch: Designing for people by erasing a car friendly past
Rubenslaan / Venuslaan
- Example of 2×2 road where one lane in each direction is a bus lane.
- Examples of protected junctions.
Bicycle parking tour
- Facts and figures about the world’s largest bicycle parking unit (12,500 spaces) can be found on this page on Utrecht.nl. This is the unit we all cycled in at the end of day one.
- BicycleDutch: Finally fully open: Utrecht’s huge bicycle parking garage
- It should be stressed that we only looked at a small sample of the 32,400 public and private bicycle spaces provided around Utrecht Central.
- As I wrote last year: Utrecht is too modest: “Within about 2.5km2 around the largest unit, there will be just under 32,400 public and private bicycle spaces provided by 2020” (see map below: blue = rail company run, green = city run; red = private).
- This article of mine from 2014 give a view of unit beside our daily meeting point in case you didn’t get a chance to go in.
- BicycleDutch: Bicycle Parking Guidance System in Utrecht
- For more on Dutch bicycle parking also see: https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/tag/cycle-parking/