Student - March 19, 2018

Municipal elections: pleading for fast bicycle roads or paid parking (video)

Text:
Kenneth van Zijl,Stijn van Gils

Wageningen’s accessibility remains a controversial issue. Where one party says the situation is not so bad, another says more asphalt is urgently needed. Resource asked three WUR students that are participating in the elections about their views.

According to Jan Daenen (PvdA) and Casper van Waarbeek (VVD), Wageningen has a significant problem with accessibility. Anne Walther (SP) says that studies have yet to show that there is a problem. ‘This rather concerns traffic in the city’, Walther tells in the video.

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Parties have little say
The other parties in Wageningen are also exceptionally divided about the accessibility issue. Of all issues, the ring road pours the most oil on the fire. The province is of the opinion that no satisfactory decision could be made about this road that was supposed to improve access to campus.

Last year, the province eventually decided to take over the decision-making role from the municipality. The municipal council now has very little left to say about this issue. Yet most parties still try to lobby hard for a solution they desire. Stadspartij says that the province would not sufficiently keep the interest of the residents in mind.

Parking
The municipality also has very little say in the issue of paid parking on campus: it is up to the proprietor of the grounds, which is WUR itself. Of course, consulting with the municipality is always a possibility.

However, improving the accessibility for cyclists is absolutely something that the municipality can tackle, and the parties seem to be facing in the same direction on this topic. All parties want to lay additional fast cyclist roads where necessary, for example.

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  • Connect Wageningen

    De provincie wil het bereikbaarheidsprobleem voor 2030 oplossen. Bedenk je dat: de WUR groeit, Unilever komt naar wageningen, de wijk nieuw Kortenoord krijgt er nog meerdere deelplannen bij, etc.

    Daarnaast is bereikbaarheid verbeteren een afspraak geweest met provincie en bedrijven als Friesland Campina en Unilever. Dit heeft er volgens de commissaris van de koning mede voor gezorgd dat die bedrijven hier heen wilden komen.

    Sommige partijen willen vol tegen de provincie ingaan en riskeren daarmee dat de provincie niet meer naar de gemeente gaat luisteren. Dan wordt de rondweg straks op een zelfde wijze neergelegd als de busbaan. Daarom kiest Connect Wageningen ervoor om bij de provincie aan tafel te blijven zitten en constructief mee te delen.

    • Fret

      En wat is ConnectWageningens standpunt qua bereikbaarheid. Bij de provincie aan de tafel zittenen constructief mee te delen lijkt mij niet echt een standpunt waarmee je stemmen mee trekt...


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