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Commissioned by: Gemeente Amstelveen

Date 2019-06 <-> 2019-12

Project status: Based on this investigation, an implementation plan has been drawn up that has been adopted by the council and is being implemented

Amstelveen: opportunities for sports in public space

Commissioned by the municipality of Amstelveen, TRACK wrote a vision about sports in public space inside and outside the city. (individual) sports in public space are on the rise in Amstelveen; the alderman for sports of Amstelveen saw the need to make the public space more suitable and safer for sports and exercise. On the one hand, this research provided insight into which places in Amstelveen are often used for sports in public space. On the other hand, it has been made clear where possible additional facilities or measures are needed for outdoor athletes, such as for runners, cyclists, inline skaters and pedestrians. Based on the TRACK landscapes report, an implementation plan has now been drawn up (short, medium and long term), which has been adopted by the municipality council and is being implemented. 


TRACK designed an online map survey, in which more than 300 runners, pedestrians and cyclists mapped their views on opportunities for improvement in and around Amstelveen. These insights were reflected with insights into sports usage of public space, by collecting and analyzing exercise data from activity tracking apps. 


The research showed that there is a surprising amount of overlap between the wishes of runners, cyclists and pedestrians. The annoying / dangerous intersections, busy pathways, the lack of green spaces, lack of sports facilities in public space and the poor condition of the pathways were appointed by the various groups and identified in the online map. 


A clear distinction could be made between opportunities within and outside the urban fabric. Amstelveen can improve the network of bicycle and pedestrian paths with low-traffic, green, well-lit routes that have priority over motorized traffic in the neighbourhoods, link parks together, and make a direct connection to the landscape outside the neighbourhoods. 


In the landscape outside the city, there appear to be many opportunities to improve the quality of footpaths. Runners in particular were able to pinpoint exactly where the quality and width of pathways are below average. There are also several major barriers in the landscape to overcome by bridges or tunnels. It turned out that various desirable connections for sporty runners and cyclists overlap strongly with interests for utilitarian bicycle traffic. 


With the addition of designated running laps, water taps and some urban gyms, the exercise network can really be completed.

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