By 2020, Paris plans to double bike lanes, ban diesel cars, and limit certain high-traffic streets to electric, ultra-low-emission cars.

 

"Traffic in London today moves slower than an average cyclist (or a horse-drawn carriage).

Commuters in L.A. spend 90 hours a year stuck in traffic.

A U.K. study found that drivers spend 106 days of their lives looking for parking spots" - Fast Company

Once considered the most conventional way to get around these cities, cars seem to make more and more less sense in this growing number of cities who are getting rid of them all together in certain neighborhoods.

For more than a hundred years, people have been living mostly dependent on cars as their only form of transportation, but now these cities are getting rid of them completely.  

Through the use of fines, better design, new apps, and, in the case of Milan, even paying commuters to leave their car parked at home and take the train instead, many city leaders now realize automobiles don't make much sense at all in urban architecture.

Here's a look at the Top 5 Cities from around the world, who are paving the way when it comes to eliminating cars throughout their cities...

Milan

“As one of the smoggiest cities, Milan is creating economic incentives for commuters to leave their cars home, offering free public transit vouchers. Each day someone's car stays home, monitored by internet dashboard boxes, the city sends a voucher with the same value as a bus or train ticket"

 

Madrid

"Starting this month, following a ban of most traffic on various streets, the car-free zone is expected to expand, stretching more than a square mile. In an attempt to completely pedestrianize central Madrid in the next five years, anyone entering the car–free zone other than residents living there, will be slapped with a $100 fine."

 

Hamburg

“Following the completion of their new "green network", which is expected to be complete in the next 15-20 years, the network will cover 40% of the cities space, in addition to reducing parts of the autobahn, making it possible to bike or walk anywhere, and much easier not to drive."

 

 

Copenhagen

"Forty years ago, traffic was as bad in Copenhagen as any other large city. Now, with over 200 miles of bike lanes, over half of the city's population bikes to work every day—nine times more bike commuters than in Portland, Oregon, the city with the most bike commuters in the U.S."

 

 

Paris 

“Last year, when smog levels spiked in Paris, the city briefly banned cars with even-numbered plates. Pollution dropped as much as 30%, now the city plans to start permanently discouraging cars. By 2020, they plan to double bike lanes, ban diesel cars, and limit certain high-traffic streets to electric cars and ultra-low-emission vehicles."

 

None of these 5 cities have definitively announced plans to go completely car–free, which might never happen. However, whats more likely to happen is that these cites will be paving the way for small fleets of electric self–driving cars to help eliminate parking congestion, traffic and reduce pollution.

I guess Google and their 'slow–car', that drives itself (if you haven't heard), has found its use after all...


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