What would you think about having a car free day once a month in London, especially in zone 1?
Of course, what counts as a 'car' on that day should be adapted to needs. For example,
- buses could remain on the road
- police, ambulances, firetrucks and paramedics should stay on
- taxis could be given the right to circulate via restricted routes to cater for families, children and the elderly in need
Public transports may also need to be increased in volume for the day.
Some cities around the world have already experimented with this. A couple of benefits are:
- reducing pollution
- giving Londoners the possibility to explore alternative modes of transport (which can be made more enjoyable due to the absence of cars, such as cycling)
- increasing the interactions in communities: pedestrianised streets tend to be friendlier
- increased security of pedestrians, such as children
- gently developing habits which are not car dependent
What do you think?