Weekly Snapshot: In Europe, Irking Drivers is Urban Policy

BY JUSTIN BAKER RHETT
June 30, 2011

 

Bike crosswalk in Budapest. Photo by flickr user WVS.

While many American cities continue to make accommodations for cars in the evolution of their respective urban landscapes, major cities in Europe have taken the opposite approach, implementing urban development strategies that discourage car ownership and driving.  Employing methods such as closing streets to car traffic, desynchronizing streetlights and limiting the number of parking spaces, cities throughout Europe have done their best to make driving an inconvenient and impractical means of transportation.  While there has been some backlash, the anti-car initiatives have been widely supported by urban residents in European cities.

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