Utrecht’s tiny Koekoekstraat (Cuckoo Street) is one of many places that has been transformed recently to give cycling more space. Yet another example that the city of Utrecht is serious in making the city better for people and declaring the bicycle to be the city’s most important type of transport wasn’t some hollow phrase.
The entrance of the Koekoekstraat where it is only 7 metres wide. The big image on the surface was placed at the explicit request of the residents in the street. The former one-way system was changed for the benefit of cycling. You may now cycle in both directions.
I’ve said it before: “Utrecht is changing rapidly” and indeed so fast that I can barely keep up. This reconstructed street was already opened last summer, but I had so many other things to tell you that I can only now show you what has been done here. This is one of the smaller streets of the city’s reconstruction project. I’ve shown you very big transformations, such as the returned city moat and the upgrading of the former city ring road at ʼt Goylaan, mid-sized projects such as Maliesingel, Adriaen van Ostadelaan and Mariaplaats, and the much smaller streets of Domstraat and Twijnstraat. The Koekoekstraat, however, is a truly tiny street. At the beginning of the street the full width is only 7 metres (or just short of 23 Feet), while the second part of the street is exactly double that width: 14 metres. How are you going to make a street that narrow better for people without banning motor traffic? The only answer was to make it a cycle street and that is exactly what the city of Utrecht proposed to the residents.