The Netherlands is one of the most cycling nations in the world and Utrecht is one of the cities that best represents why. This Dutch municipality has a very widespread bicycle culture, which, combined with a large number of infrastructures, causes the vast majority of its citizens to choose the bicycle when it comes to getting around.
In addition, for several years, the Netherlands has also rewarded its 'commuters' financially.
One of the elements that may surprise those who live outside the country is the large number of streets closed to conventional traffic, where it is only possible to access on foot or on a bicycle.
In the video we can see how they are arranged. The vegetation takes up the space for pedestrians and cyclists so that they can occupy the space traditionally occupied by cars. To prevent cars from passing every several meters, flowerpots are placed that, in addition to depriving the entrance to conventional traffic, also serve to maintain an adequate speed among passers-by.
An idea that works in Utrecht and could be extrapolated to other parts of the world. The benefits are innumerable while the only resignation that must be made is losing comfort when moving by car. The future goes by bike so this street system should be something to try.