BICYCLE DUTCH

Cycling is one of the keys to cultivating a healthy urban living environment. This is a line from the British magazine “The New Economy” in their article about Utrecht. The interesting article looks into the reasons behind the success of Utrecht, the current most competitive region in Europe, and finds that a thriving economy can be combined with a very healthy living environment. The New Economy notes that the city is very compact, but that many functions in a small area has the downside of a lot of pressure on existing infrastructure. They also note, however, that the Dutch do not focus on trying to make it possible to move traffic from one part of the city to the other as fast as possible. On the contrary: For city officials, mobility is not the goal in and of itself, but a tool for creating a city…

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