High-quality public-transit options
would make a downtown ban on
cars very appealing. Not only would
it make the pedestrian streets more
enjoyable and safer for shoppers,
but it’s been shown to actually
increase revenue and accessibility. Having services for those with
mobility challenges would solve the
access problems and actually help
mobility-impaired individuals get
even closer to their destinations
than they could with a car.
Options are better than bans.
Provide affordable, ef;cient, safe
transit options and many people
will choose to use them. The people
who want or need to drive their
vehicles are still free to do so.
Personally, I’d prefer to take the bus
than worry about driving downtown
I think car-free zones in cities are
great and I think a congestion charge
for entering the busiest areas would
be a good idea to reduce traf;c.
I’m the tradesman you call to fix
things at your house or condo, and
if I can’t get close and park, it will
turn a simple call into an all-day
process and seriously raise prices.
[If I] can’t carry the spare parts—[I]
have to go and come back.
—Bruce L Bergman
It does not mean totally closing off
the whole town to cars. It means
making pedestrian-friendly areas
where families can walk, kids can
be kids and people can sit, talk and
eat without having to hear or smell
—Claudia Colindres Johnson
Cities that ban cars make me ban
them. We both benefit.
Should cars be banned
from city centers?
MANY EUROPEAN cities, such as London, Paris, Stockholm and Berlin,
ban or limit private vehicles from city centers, at least part time, in an
effort to ease pollution and congestion and create a quieter and more
pedestrian-oriented way of life. Some people say this approach would
make sense for American cities. Opponents say it would adversely
affect small businesses and mobility-challenged individuals.
What do you think?
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