"Back then what are now quiet one-way streets lined with flowers, trees and bicycles, looked like British streets, dominated by motor traffic. I saw the legacy of the kids’ work in the Pijp: children drawing with chalks on the pavements, playing football, people sitting outside bars and restaurants".
"Where British residential streets are too often a race track for rat runners, Dutch streets are quiet, clean and peaceful – an extension of people’s homes, not simply thoroughfares for motor traffic.
It was a revelation to me just how great residential streets can be and how easily, with a bit of investment, our streets could become better places for everyone" - Laura Laker, writing in The Guardian.
Hopefully the UK will adopt more of this way of thinking in the future.
Below: An interesting short video explaining how the children living in the Amsterdam neighbourhood De Pijp fight for a play street without cars in 1972, arguably the start of the Dutch cycle revolution.