The rule is intended to give people more space to visit shops and the market
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The city of Leeuwarden will be banning cars from its central area on Friday afternoons, and Saturdays. The move is intended to give people more space to visit shops, the market, or café’s, reports the Omrop Fryslân.
Following the easing of Coronavirus restrictions the city centre has become worryingly busy, says the Gemeente Leeuwarden. A number of regulations will now be applied to make space, including moving market stall on the Nieuwestad into the street, and moving bike racks to clear pavements.
Hayo Galema, of the Gemeente Leeuwarden, says that the city wants people to still enjoy the central shopping area, but safely. This also includes “being able to keep their distance. The Saturday market will also have its stalls moved to the street. It means that traffic must be rerouted around the edge of the district, and parked there. The shopping heart of Leeuarden will become the domain of the pedestrian.”
A one-way system will also eb applied to the Kleine Kerkstraat, Lombardsteeg, and one side of the Niewestad to minimise crowds.
The Prinsentuin will also now have capacity limits, with wardens being asked to stand at gates and close the park if it becomes to busy. The Schrans’ bike racks will be moved to form central bike parks, to make more space on the pavement.
“The measures will affect all of the places in the city that are visited by lots of people. There will also be better monitoring of the Prinsentuin to look at how many people are there, and the park will be closed if needed. On The Schrans, we want to clear pavements so people can walk past eachother.