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. In addition to implementing outright bans, cities have enacted measures to encourage cycling and make public spaces more pedestrian-friendly.
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.
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.
New York City banned cars from Central Park.
Oslo’s city center is on its way to becoming car-free
Mexico City prohibited driving on Saturdays, but it didn’t go as planned.
Copenhagen’s bike-friendly atmosphere discourages driving.
Brussels is using cameras to enforce a fine for old vehicles.
Milan is rolling out a series of bans.
Athens joined a pledge to ban diesel cars by 2025.
A court ordered Frankfurt to ban around 60,000 cars.
Bogot closes its streets every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Amsterdam wants to only allow emissions-free vehicles by 2030.