Our society is mobile. We’re constantly travelling from A to B, within an ever-increasing radius. Keeping all the traffic flowing smoothly is essential for society to function. The mobility demand ties in directly to spatial planning. Where do we need to make more space for accessibility? And how can new technologies help us to achieve a more sustainable balance between space and mobility?

We believe a city in motion is also a city of proximity – a place where people can get their basic needs met within walking distance. Mobility hubs and smart mobility bring people and services closer together. But their development requires a comprehensive understanding of mobility at its various levels of scale. Pavements, streets, high-speed rail lines – they’re all part of the larger whole. 

“We believe a city in motion is also a city of proximity – a place where people can get their basic needs met within walking distance. ”

Government Advisor on Infrastructure and the City

During his time as Dutch Government Advisor on Infrastructure and the City (2012–2016), PosadMaxwan partner Rients Dijkstra started three strategic mobility projects: De Stad en de Ringweg (City and Ring Road), the Knooppuntenloket (Transport Hubs Office), and Nederland Fietsland (Bikeland Netherlands). Of these, Nederland Fietsland has had the greatest impact so far. The positive attention the project garnered caused the government to begin championing bicycles again after years of taking a hands-off approach.

Cycling as an economic stimulus

Designing for bikes in cities is encoded deep in our DNA. In 2008 PosadMaxwan won a prize from the Fietsersbond for its innovative plan for the Rotterdam neighbourhood of Pendrecht. The goal was to turn Pendrecht into a place where bicycles would be the most sensible form of transport. Our proposal investigated how a new cycling network and parking system could give an economic boost to one of the country’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods and therefore contribute to its redevelopment.

Traffic junction with housing and nature

At the complex junction just before Antwerp’s ring road enters the tunnel under the Scheldt, PosadMaxwan and Karres+Brands have cleaned up traffic flows and redesigned the landscaping. Access to Zuid railway station for pedestrians and cyclists is being improved, and new high-quality urban living space is on the way. New green space is also being created to help the city to meet its ecological and recreational objectives.

Insight-based infrastructural investment

The Multi-Year Programme for Infrastructure, Spatial Planning, and Transport (MIRT) is an implementation programme of the Dutch national government. Decisions about major infrastructural investments are currently made in MIRT tracks through an integrated process in which spatial planning and transport tasks are studied in conjunction with other tasks. Involving regional stakeholders is of great importance for arriving at a correct diagnosis, strategy formulation, and directions in which solutions will be sought. We have combined this process-oriented approach with research in various projects and programmes. In these, we view analysis and design as the key to developing solutions that will enjoy broad support.

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Motorway integration brings new opportunities

PosadMaxwan’s integration plans for widening the Haaglanden and Leidschendam-Burgerveen sections of the A4 motorway translate the broad aims of the national motorway route design scheme into two specific construction projects. They focus strongly on improving the areas for local people and meeting the government’s sustainability requirements. We are also handling the intersecting routes (for cars, public transport, bicycles and nature) and road design with care.

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