15 major cities around the world that are starting to ban cars
- A number of major cities have joined the "car-free" movement, which aims to reduce air pollution and improve safety among residents.
- Most cities that are starting to ban cars are located in Europe, though a few others, such as New York, are making considerable strides.
- In addition to implementing outright bans, cities have enacted measures to encourage cycling and make public spaces more pedestrian-friendly.
As small cities successfully implement plans to ditch their vehicles, many large urban areas are determined to follow in their footsteps.The idea of a car-free city is not without its challenges. Though bikes and public transit are widely available in most cities, cars remain a preferred method of transportation for many urban commuters.Advertisement
Studies have shown that it's notoriously difficult to change a driver's commuting habits, even when free public transit is involved.
The alternative is high levels of car pollution, which contributes to around 20% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. An Oxford study found that around 10,000 people die prematurely in Europe each year due to pollution from diesel cars alone.Here are some of the major cities that are determined to improve health and safety by banning cars.
Madrid banned older cars from its city center.
In Paris, the first Sunday of every month is free of cars.Advertisement
New York City banned cars from Central Park.
Oslo's city center is on its way to becoming car-free — but not all politicians are pleased.Advertisement
London could ban cars on half the streets in its city center.
Mexico City prohibited driving on Saturdays, but it didn't go as planned.Advertisement
Copenhagen's bike-friendly atmosphere discourages driving.
Brussels is using cameras to enforce a fine for old vehicles.Advertisement
Milan is rolling out a series of bans.
Rome could help preserve its monuments by banning diesel cars.Advertisement
Athens joined a pledge to ban diesel cars by 2025.
A court ordered Frankfurt to ban around 60,000 cars.Advertisement
Berlin received a similar court order.
Bogotá closes its streets every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.Advertisement
Amsterdam wants to only allow emissions-free vehicles by 2030.
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