Merwede is a new bike-friendly neighborhood proposal for Utrecht that's designed to boost Dutch biking culture. Utrecht has experimented with closing the streets of its city center to vehicles and it is known as a bike-friendly city today. Merwede is a new concept that's designed to make everything residents need available within walking distance.
Merwede is designed to accommodate 12,000 people, with a focus on pedestrians, cyclists and public transportation. A fleet of bicycle will be available to all residents and to significantly cut down on the number of cars in the area, Merwede will have just one car for every three households. The vision for the Utrecht neighborhood is supported by new generations who are more open to the idea of shared ownership.
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In Merwede, Every Three Households Shares One Car
1. Bike-friendly Neighborhoods - Creating neighborhoods that prioritize biking culture and offer accessible amenities for residents within walking distance.
2. Shared Ownership - Encouraging the concept of shared ownership to reduce the number of cars and promote sustainable transportation options within communities.
3. Pedestrian-centric Design - Designing urban spaces to prioritize pedestrians and make them more accessible for walking and active transportation.
1. Real Estate Development - Developing innovative neighborhoods that incorporate bike-friendly initiatives and shared ownership models to attract environmentally conscious residents.
2. Sustainable Transportation - Creating transportation solutions and infrastructure that prioritize biking, walking, and public transportation to reduce reliance on private vehicles.
3. Shared Mobility Services - Providing shared mobility options such as bike sharing and car sharing to support the growing demand for sustainable transportation in residential areas.