‘Antwerp inner city 83% pro-pedestrian by 2024’
Antwerp is planning to make 83% of its town center car-free or a low-traffic zone. It was the Antwerp Alderman for Mobility, Koen Kennis (N-VA), who announced the plans. The city will also provide parking zones for residents.
Antwerp city contains 73 kilometers of roads. About one-tenth, 13%, are residential zones, 28% are car-free zones or areas with restricted motorized traffic. With the planned reorganization of the infrastructure, the city will gain 16% of residential roads and 29% of low-traffic and no-traffic zones by 2024. After 2024, 83% of the city should be a pro-pedestrian area. “Now that stores, bars, coffee shops, and restaurants reopen, we want to make Antwerp really attractive for pedestrians,” says Kennis.
Cyclists will be spoiled as well, as the authorities recently announced that the city will provide 19 km of additional cycling paths. Most of them will be temporarily laid out before the summer. The rest should then be ready by September. Antwerp is also preparing the introduction of the first bicycle zone in the entire Antwerp region.
Medieval street pattern
According to Paul Cordy, District Mayor of Antwerp, slow traffic is self-evident in a city with a medieval street pattern like Antwerp. “The installation of residential areas gives pedestrians priority. Still, the streets remain accessible to residents who want to move by car or bicycle.”
A substantial area of the city will become a residential parking zone, where only residents, their visitors, and permit holders, like caregivers and handymen, will be allowed. Those who want to visit the city by car will be guided to large public parking lots.