Areas around Aalborg’s waterfront are currently being re-developed as a leisure area. The city wants to avoid that this development comes with an increase in car traffic and would like the waterfront to be characterised by cycling and walking. The city narrowed the main road between the city centre and the waterfront from four down to two lanes.
In the Østerbro area, which is in front of the cultural hub “Nordkraft” close to the habour front, the city of Aalborg has established an area of shared space to provide for soft modes.
The redesign of the area is expected to contribute to general traffic safety in the area and to ensure a better environment for particularly vulnerable citizens such as the elderly, disabled people and children. The main objectives of the measure are to:
- Increase the use of soft modes;
- Reduce car traffic; and
- Reduce the number of accidents.
Aalborg has the goal to reduce the number of accidents that result in injuries or worse by 40 percent by 2012 compared to 2005 levels. Bicycle accidents currently account for 30 percent of accidents in the project area, which is above city average. If the increasing number of cyclists is to be sustained, this safety issue will need to be addressed and this measure is foreseen to make a significant contribution towards this end. It is also seen as an important element to build strong links between the city centre and the new part of town as it will facilitate pedestrian movement between the two areas.