GroenLinks wants 'autoluwe' city centre now that plan for milieuzone has been scuttled

GroenLinks wants large parts of the city centre to be 'autoluwe' (Low Traffic). This is because the introduction of a milieuzone (low-emission zone) in which the most polluting vehicles are barred from an area, is off the table.

The contribution of a milieuzone to improving air quality is very small, a study found.

Autoluwe does not mean car-free, however, GroenLinks immediately clarifies. There are always people who have a good reason to take a car somewhere. Plumbers, a customer picking up something big or someone with a disability, the party writes.

Car-free to city centre
Raadslid (councillor) Coen van der Gugten hopes that one day people will come to the centre en masse on foot, by bike or public transport. Those people who do take their cars should be able to park them at [more] Park & Ride spots on the edges of the city that have yet to be realised. GroenLinks hopes that the city will then get rid of roaring cars waiting in a long queue on Saturday afternoons to enter the Vrijthof parking garage.