The city of Utrecht is currently building the first high-density, car-free residential district in the Netherlands. It will consist of a 24-hectare site with the capacity for over 12,000 people, making it the first of its kind in the world of such a size.
Walking and cycling are the cleanest and most efficient forms of transport, particularly suited for short to moderate distances. Both provide numerous benefits. They improve health, do not produce air or noise pollution and help to reduce congestion.
Introducing cycling infrastructure (e.g. bike lanes, bike parking and hire schemes) are ways in which cities can promote cycling, while creating pedestrian-friendly spaces can promote commuting, shopping and recreation.