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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