A different approach: car-sharing
The Natural City works with partners including municipal authorities in order to free up the streets and canal banks in the capital once again. This can be done through a new way of thinking about transportation and car ownership. Together with residents and suppliers of car-sharing concepts, municipal authorities will establish the most ideal location for a car park on each city street. For every car that disappears from the streets, residents gain a little piece of public space in return. That’s what you call a win-win situation.
Attractive options for car-sharing, such as Car2Go, Greenwheels and WeGo, are already out there. This way, residents can choose from among a wide array of transportation possibilities, which are more wallet-friendly as well. After all, when you don’t own a car, there’s no need to pay road taxes, inspection fees, insurance or repair bills either. There will be plenty of room for visitors to come to the city. The municipality can count on increased revenue from parking, since a portion of the spaces that were occupied by residents’ cars will now be used by visitors.
The first step
Residents can initiate a pilot to test whether this kind of car-sharing will meet their needs. In the meantime, public spaces can provisionally be used for another (new) function. This allows everyone to experience the potential benefit of the plan for themselves. The Natural City is working to introduce this approach in various cities in the Netherlands.