Speed limit in Amsterdam to 30 km/h.
On Monday, Oct. 2, the municipality began placing signs on the future 30-kilometer roads, where you were previously allowed to drive 50. The signs temporarily have a sticker on them saying “Dec. 8, 30 km/h here. The sticker will be removed on the night of Thursday, Dec. 7, to Friday, Dec. 8. From then on, you will be allowed to drive a maximum of 30 kilometers per hour on 80 percent of the roads in Amsterdam. How fast you can drive where is clearly indicated by traffic signs on each street. In total, the municipality is using 4,400 new signs for this purpose.
“Our neighborhood is unsafe!”
Urban interviews show that 67 percent of Amsterdam residents find traffic in their neighborhood (very) unsafe. And 83 percent feel that speeding creates unsafe traffic. “The number of traffic fatalities is about 20 per year and the number of injured is more than 800. With a lower speed limit, the number of accidents decreases by 20 to 30 percent. Also, the consequences of accidents are then less severe. Figures show that the braking distance decreases by half if you go from a speed of 50 kilometers per hour to 30 kilometers per hour,” reports the municipality.
Additional lines of 50-kilometer roads
The municipality has installed additional lines on the roads that remain 50 kilometers per hour. For example, you should be able to clearly tell the difference between a road where you should drive 30 and roads that remain 50 kilometers per hour. Applying the lines took about 15 minutes per location.
In order to allow public transportation to run as smoothly as possible, the municipality is constructing separate public transportation lanes in some areas. Here, public transportation may continue to travel 50 kilometers per hour. Traffic in the adjacent roadway is allowed a maximum of 30. At these locations there will be so-called press ridges. These are tires that separate the OV lane from the roadway.