Posted by: bluesyemre | September 26, 2018

13 cities that are starting to ban cars


Germany’s highest administrative court ruled that, in an effort to improve urban air quality, cities can ban cars from some streets.

As The New York Times notes, the ruling could open the floodgates for cities around the country to go car-free.

Stuttgart and Düsseldorf — German cities with high pollution levels — will likely enact the first bans in the fall. Stuttgart, home to Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, has recently favored such bans. In 2017, Stuttgart announced that starting this year, it will keep diesel vehicles that don’t meet emissions standards from entering the city on high-pollution days.

But German cities are not the only ones getting ready to take the car-free plunge. Urban planners and policy makers around the world have started to brainstorm ways that cities can create more space for pedestrians and lower CO2 emissions from diesel.

Here are 13 cities leading the car-free movement.

  1. Oslo plans to permanently ban all cars from its city center by 2019 — six years before Norway’s country-wide ban would go into effect.
  2. Madrid’s planned ban is even more extensive.
  3. People in Chengdu, China will be able to walk anywhere in 15 minutes or less.
  4. Hamburg is making it easier not to drive.
  5. Bikes continue to rule the road in Copenhagen.
  6. Paris will ban diesel cars and double the number of bike lanes.
  7. London asks drivers to pay a congestion charge.
  8. Brussels, Belgium features the largest car-free area in Europe.
  9. Berlin is building bike super-highways.
  10. Mexico City hopes to ban about two million cars from the city center.
  11. Bogotá has been working to kick cars off the streets since 1974.
  12. San Francisco wants to ban cars on one of its busiest streets.
  13. New York City is decreasing car traffic in small doses.

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