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Zuidas is burgeoning with activity as thousands of cars, cyclists and pedestrians converge on the district every day. By extension, tra c safety is also a growing concern. Widespread construction works are already underway, but we'll have to wait quite a few years more before Zuidas will be completely renewed. Time to conduct a survey on pinch points in need of resolving. We staked out four local intersections to poll people who live, work or study here about tra c in and around Zuidas.

CAROLINE VAN MEERBEECK (STRAWINSKYLAAN) 'Each day is di erent, but people tend to drive fast and carelessly. Before this new situation I used to come here o en, and compared to a few years ago the situation has already improved, although I'm still extra careful. There are still some improvements to be made. The instalment of some tra ic lights would be welcome, because cars tend not to come to a complete stop at zebra crossings. As a pedestrian, I'm a lot more careful at this intersection than I am at other places.'

JAN VISÉE (BEETHOVENSTRAAT) 'The double lanes are pretty confusing. You have to be familiar with the area to know that tra ic comes from the le , especially since there are no tra ic lights. The situation is unclear for all road users. I've already witnessed several occasions where motorists thought they could just drive right along, only to stumble quite unexpectedly upon a crosswalk. It scares them, too. Theoretically it would be easy to solve the problem by installing tra ic lights, and possibly a zebra crossing. Even then cars o en won't stop, but it will at least alert people to the dangers.'

MICHIEL VAN MOURIK (MAHLERPLEIN) 'When I started working in Zuidas ten years ago, there was nothing here. Now, with all this new local activity, the tra ic routing seems totally improvised. Basically, it's a mess. Just now I was riding my scooter and almost had an accident as I tried to turn le . Because the bicycle path runs in front of the walkway, motorists tend not to stop until they reach the zebra crossing, making it quite a challenge for people on bikes and scooters. They could solve things by switching the paths around. Everything is di erent here now, so the road layout should be adjusted as well.'

ANINDYA KATERIAMALIA AND MARIA KOROHAMA (BOELELAAN) 'We regularly see students cross the street while ignoring the red light. When people are rushed, they just seem to zone out completely. A couple months ago a girl got involved in a serious accident while crossing at this intersection. Apparently she was wearing ear buds, listening to music. She didn't watch the tra ic lights and was hit. That's really scary - things can go wrong before you know it. Not that we feel unsafe here, but that's mostly because we always watch out carefully and don't cross when the lights are red.'