There is a general opinion in Slovakia that not enough space exists to enable active transportation. Streets are too narrow to accommodate driving and parked cars, cyclists, pedestrians, a green belt, café terraces, retail stands, etc. At the same time, like in many places, cars are are seen as the priority and the most logical way to perform many of life’s daily trips. It is a point of view held by most project designers, municipal staff, traffic police and – of course – Slovakian citizens.
Towns and cities are already built, with buildings constructed years ago, and removing them to widen streets is unrealistic and impractical. However, in the Netherlands, historic, narrow streets already accommodate a variety of modes of transportation and activities. How was it achieved? What are principles and approaches implemented? As a follow up to his presentation at 11th National Conference on Cycling Transport 2019 in Galanta, Otto Cazemier, joined by colleague Eveline de Jong, present: How to get space in the city for non-motorized transport? A digital webinar for Nadácia Ekopolis aimed at demystifying those questions.