Almost 70 percent of Amsterdammers are concerned about road safety in the city. This is apparent from a digital survey that was held among Amsterdammers last autumn.
With this survey and a series of city conversations, we have determined how Amsterdammers experience road safety and how they think we can make the city safer. The route followed the consultation period for ’30 km/h in the city’.
Worrying behaviour, speed and crowds
67 percent of Amsterdammers feel worried about traffic, 19 percent even very worried. The same picture emerged of the causes from the city talks and the survey. There are particular concerns about the behavior of other road users, speed and (increasing) crowds. In particular, people consider it safe to allow vehicles with different speeds to drive together on the bicycle path.
5,700 unsafe places
More than 5,700 places were identified in the study that Amsterdam residents experience as unsafe. Rozengracht, Linnaeusstraat, Osdorperweg and Meester Visserplein are often mentioned unsafe places. More than 1,300 places are considered safe to be safe. Sarphatistraat and Leidseplein are mentioned as places where road safety has improved in recent years.
Making traffic safer again
Both online and during the conversations, many solutions have been proposed to make traffic safer. There was demand for more, but also for the application of electronic speed limiters. People would like to have footpaths and cycle paths, so that pedestrians and cyclists have more space. Adjusting the speed to 30 km/h can count on approval from many Amsterdammers.
The ideas will be included in the new road safety plan to be drawn up this year. Our ambition is to get to 0 traffic victims, in a carefree and pleasant city. Amsterdam wants to follow the example of cities such as Stockholm and Helsinki.
This ambition is in line with the wishes of the people of Amsterdam. They want to use the space much more to meet and recreate in their own neighbourhood, with more space for pedestrians and bicycles, and more greenery. The city will therefore become more traffic-safe and designed on a human scale: a carefree city.