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The crossings would accommodate streetcars, pedestrians and cyclists but not automobiles, the City of Helsinki says.
A purist for the carfree cause makes his case in the Washington Post.
Norway’s newly elected city council also plans to boost funding for bike and pedestrian lanes, trams and buses, Reuters reports.
Mayor Fernando Haddad has widened sidewalks and added bike paths and bus lanes in a quest to wean residents from cars, the New York Times reports.
From lowering speed limits to closing roads to traffic, cities in Europe, the Americas, and Asia are restricting vehicles, the Economist reports.
Temporary road closures don’t alter driving habits, a professor of transportation writes in The Conversation.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo touts the car-free day as a way to tackle air pollution, Forbes reports.
More than 100 cities nationwide have pedestrian-only streets, The City Fix reports.
The popularity of Mumbai’s car-free Sundays has motivated transportation advocates to promote other alternatives to vehicles, Urb.im reports.
The South Korean city’s month-long ban on cars in 2013 transformed streets into playgrounds, The Pop-Up City reports.
The other main factor is availability of transit options, Governing reports.
It’s possible to get around sprawling Houston without an automobile if you live in the urban core, Governing reports.
Dubai hopes to remove 7,000 vehicles from its roads on February 4, the city’s annual Car Free Day, Green Prophet reports.
Berkeley, California Mayor Tom Bates reinforces his environmentalism by relying on public transit and his feet to get around town, Takepart reports.
The Paris mayor’s proposal would bar most vehicles from four central-city districts while adding bike lanes and prioritizing pedestrians, AFP reports.
The annual prohibition on cars in Bolivian cities is designed to encourage fitness and community engagement while temporarily slashing auto emissions, The City Fix reports.
The only vehicles to be permitted in Madrid’s city center would be those owned by residents who live there and motorcycles and delivery trucks during limited hours, Streetsblog USA reports.