Yesterday, San Francisco celebrated its first day of banning private cars from Market Street, one of the city’s central thoroughfares. This was a bold step for a U.S. city, following New York’s decision to make 14th Street (at least temporarily) bus- and bike-only.
But for many cities around the world (though mainly in Europe), those moves aren’t notable at all: From Amsterdam to Birmingham to Oslo to Utrecht, cities are taking more and more drastic measures to eliminate the traffic and deadly air pollution caused by cars. Each one is going about it in a slightly different way, but the results are largely the same: cleaner air, safer pedestrians and bikers, faster travel times on public transit, and a more pleasant urban experience for everyone. Read more