cycling for health, wellbeing, stronger communities
A place for people: more street and less road
There is a difference between the road and the street. A road is designed for cars. The street is a complex environment designed for people and may include a road. The street includes many other features including verge, median strip, footpaths, bike paths, seats, outdoor dining, gardens, and more. Streets can include longitudinal parks and playgrounds. Most people will not cycle on road. New Space For Living – Quality Of Public Space looks at the urban forms found in The Netherlands and considers what could be done with this public space.
Groningen’s street network and public space cannot be summarised or captured in a single typology or typical street profile. No two streets are the same, the width between the facades varies, the programme is different, and uses change throughout the day. A selection of 14 street typologies has been developed for the purpose of the Guideline. This rich palette of streets is designed to position every street in Groningen within the urban fabric.
New Space For Living: Design Guideline – Quality Of Public Space, Gemeente Groningen/Felixx, The Netherlands, December 2021, 52.
Space where the quality of the public space comes first