Utrecht, Netherlands

  • Utrecht - The Copenhagenize Index
  • Utrecht - The Copenhagenize Index

Utrecht, Netherlands

3.The Lowdown
Utrecht remains in a steady third place in the 2015 Copenhagenize Index. Utrecht continues to be a world-leader among smaller cities. Like most Dutch cities, the status quo is firmly in place and while it is at an amazing level, the city seems content with that. Their development plan called “Utrecht Attractive and Accessible” is a step in the right direction for progress but it falls short of legendary and is content with being sensible.

Utrecht seems to understand how to mix necessity with headlines, something that Amsterdam is still figuring out. The world's largest bike parking facility, with space for 12,500 bikes is under construction. Something we think is brilliant. When the city figures out how to get rid of the long stretches with brain-rattling cobblestones and to make a uniform infrastructure network that is more intuitive, Utrecht will certainly step out of Amsterdam's shadow.

The Region
Utrecht remains the little brother to Amsterdam but finishes way ahead of all other cities in the region - certainly also those of a similar size.

The Fixes
Speaking with city planners, the same thing is said in Utrecht as in many Dutch cities. Bikes - and in particular parking - are a "problem". When Utrecht realises it’s a "problem" other cities are begging for and begins to see it as an opportunity, the city has the potential to redefine an urban landscape where bicycles are king. The step towards a legendary bike parking facility shows that the city is keen to be a leader, but there is more to it than parking spots.