Astana shows interest in cycling
The capital city of Kazachstan Astana has given her name to one of the best cycling racing teams in the world. Astana also shows interest in becoming a cycling city. The vice mayor confirmed this during a visit by a team of Dutch experts from the Cycling Embassy, invited by Dutch ambassador in Kazachstan mr.van Leeuwen.
The city developed a Masterplan to guide urban planning till 2030 on a large scale with multi-lane one-way roads for cars, separate lanes for public transport and green zones with trees. Traffic planning and a planning for human scale is missing. Cycling routes are designed in a way that they mainly seem to have a recreational purpose. But the city is open for a plan for utilitarian cycling. The team showed which opportunities exist to develop Astana into a modern sustainable city. The Dutch ambassador Van Leeuwen will follow up the conclusions with the governors of the city. The Cycling Embassy proposes a workshop to outline a policy plan with a network of high quality bike provisions.