Amsterdam City Hall wants to reduce 11,200 car parking spaces by 2025 by reducing the number of accredited parking permits.
In this city, only 22% of residents use their car to go to the office every day, most of them using bicycles. As a result, there is always a need for new bicycle parking spaces and measures to increase the safety of cyclists in traffic.
To discourage the use of cars and reduce traffic, the municipalities’ representatives have increased the tariffs for parking permits in the central area continuously.
In the future, this policy will be continued, in parallel with the increase in tariffs, reducing the number of valid permits – when a person leaves the city or dies, the permit will be canceled. It will not be granted to another citizen, as before.
In power in Amsterdam is an environmental party, GroenLinks, since 2018, which has promised since the election campaign this measure to reduce pollution and traffic.
Instead of car parks, which will be reduced by about 1,500 units per year, bicycle parking will be arranged, trees and flowers will be planted, and the streets will be arranged for pedestrians, with urban furniture for outdoor relaxation. In this way, the representatives of Amsterdam City Hall want to encourage the locals to spend more time in the fresh air, to socialize and get to know their neighbors, members of the local community.
In a central neighborhood, the community even chose a project to replace empty parking spaces with a children’s play area with a slide.
Amsterdam has 432,000 parking spaces, more than half on the street, and the rest in garages. The administration aims to reduce only the number of car parks on the street, for the garages, no restrictive measures are taken.
The local administration in Amsterdam is running an entire environmental campaign. Including measures to increase access fees to the city center for non-residents – to 7.5 euros/hour, more significant investment in public transport and increasing the number of solar panels on roofs and terraces, to generate clean energy, under the slogan: “No roof can remain unused in our sustainability goals.”
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