Thursday, May 03, 2007
Dane Planner tells Canadians - Carfree Streets Work!
Strøget, Copenhagen's pedestrian zone
Danish consultant Lars Gemzoe said "a change of urban culture" in Copenhagen resulted in more and more sites being reserved for pedestrians and cyclists. He said his nation’s capital, home to about 500,000 in its central district alone, opened its first car-free road in 1962.
Mr. Gemzoe said other streets have since been made off-limits to vehicles, and the result is a sociable downtown that’s a welcoming world for walkers.
He said walking "is a simple, cheap and low-noise activity" that doesn’t pollute the atmosphere and helps improve pedestrians’ fitness levels. From an urban design point of view, Mr. Gemzoe said, pedestrian-only streets downtown can provide a portal to improved human relationships.
Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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