|Veemarktterrein a few years ago. Not full, but quite a lot of cars were parked here.|
|The same car-park this week on market day. The cars haven't disappeared - they are now driven further into the city causing consequences for cyclists.|
The result is many more cars are driven into the centre of Assen and this causes more conflict between motorists and cyclists.
The crossing of Het Kanaal at the Venebrug is not signalled and is shared with pedestrians. This is one of the locations where there are now more problems due to more cars
|The inner ring road is shown as a red line. The previously|
free of charge car park is the green area on the right. Blue
squares show the locations of car parks which have
been made more popular by the change in policy.
Note how these are close to red spots: points identified
as dangerous to cyclists in the Fietsverkeernota 2005.
Because the city centre car parks are reached by driving along the inner ring-road, extra motor traffic is being generated along the streets which make up the ring.
Locations along this route have long been known to be problematic for cyclists. Several of them were pointed out as being dangerous to cyclists and in need of improvement by the Fietsverkeernota of 2005.
Locations where there are now more cars and more danger for cyclists include the following. Where there are links below, further information can be found about problems in those locations:
- The Kerkplein Shared Space
- Weierstraat outside De Nieuwe Kolk
- The difficult left turn from Weierstraat into Minervalaan
- The crossing of Nobellaan by Het Kanaal
- Crossings of Het Kanaal
- Jan Fabriciusstraat
- The junction of Stationstraat and Oostersingel
|"Parking in demand - Gemeente Assen policy bearing fruit"|
But also see the next headline on the same topic
The result of encouraging drivers to bring their cars further into Assen is now known. There's been an attempt to spin this as success, but actually it's no such thing. The change in policy is not good for cyclists, drivers, shop owners or the local economy.
Two articles appeared in the same February issue of one of our local newspapers. I've reproduced them both here.
|"Income reduced - cars park for less time"|
It is true that drivers now use the paid for parking spaces more often than before, but this has actually resulted in a fall in income for these garages because drivers now stay for shorter periods in order to avoid paying.
What is happening is that people drive to the supermarket, pick up a card allowing them to park for free for three quarters of an hour and then they do their best to avoid overstaying such that they have to pay more. Fewer people now drive to Assen, use the free parking, and remain for the entire day.
The result of this is that local shops other than the supermarkets have almost certainly lost customers due to the change in policy.
- Local government has lower income than before
- Drivers are annoyed because parking is no longer free
- Cyclists are annoyed and endangered because more cars come to the central streets.
- Local businesses have fewer customer
No-one has actually benefitted.