Principles of the Circulation Plan

Principles, tools and maps.

The ultimate goal of the Circulation Plan: to unburden the city center of ongoing traffic. Whoever needs to be in the city, will get there easier.

From April 3, 2017 traffic in and out of the city will flow differently. The Circulation Plan aims to:

  • improve the livability for citizens and visitors of the city
  • guarantee accessibility for cyclists, busses and trams, ánd cars with a destination in the city center

Prepare yourself for the implementation of the Circulation Plan and check your new route via the following tool:

How does it work?

To prevent cars to needlessly traverse the city center, the Circulation Plan divides the city into 6 sectors and one big carfree/pedestrian zone. The map below shows what this means.

The new traffic flow will take some time getting used to, because:

  • whoever wants to move from one sector to the other, needs to make use of the inner city ring.
  • some streets will change direction or will be cut for cars (not for busses and taxis).

This will be worthwhile, since:

  • the city center will remain accessible in the Circulation Plan. Not only pedestrians, cyclists and public traffic will benefit. Also cars that absolutely need to be in the city center, will reach their destination faster. Think of suppliers, health care providers or elderly people that will get to the underground car park easier.
  • the Circulation Plan keeps the city center livable. Cyclists, pedestrians, trams and busses confiscate less limited available public space than cars