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What happens if you remove Parking from the town centre? The city will die! Disaster is almost inevitable. All the cafes and shops will be closed and will go to where there is Parking. The once crowded streets will wander only the homeless, Gypsies, junkies and migrants, trying to take away a smartphone from a passerby.
Prosperous European city will become the equivalent of Camden or Murmansk, which of crowding people.
do Not believe? Then here's an example of the Norwegian Oslo. There, in the elections recently won some asshole that now prohibit the drivers to come to the center of the city. And this is what came of it:
Okay, sorry, I got carried away. It's just that the consequences of the abolition of Parking motorists think. In fact, sad only those who are not able to remove his torso from the comfortable driver's seat.
Here's an article of the American magazine Fast Company about antiistamine reform in Oslo as a translation of "Urban projects":
"If you want to come by car to the centre of Oslo, remember to Park you can not. By the beginning of this year, the city replaced more than 700 Parking spaces for bike lanes, trees, small parks and benches is a serious step on the way to the city centre without cars.
having No Parking spaces and the opportunity to drive on some streets, few dare to come by car to the center. "There is simply no cars," said Axel Berntsen, the head of the operator of the Bicycle. Partly the changes in the city aimed at improving air quality and combating climate change, but the difference in quality of life felt before. "The city is beginning to be felt differently faster, than you can feel the difference in air quality. Residents notice that the space belongs to them and is not only used for Parking cars".
the First pedestrian street of Oslo, appeared in 70-ies, but the transport developed rapidly in the 80s. In 2015, the progressive political coalition came to power in the city Council and beginning to consider more serious changes. At first it was proposed to ban cars, because most of the residents did not use them. But after protests from business owners concerned that they could lose buyers and get difficulties with delivery, the government has gone in such a radical way — abandoned spaces. There are several multilevel Parking garages on the periphery of the centre.
there are only a few places reserved for the disabled and charging electric vehicles, and some streets are open for delivery trucks for a couple of hours in the morning. The cars of special services travel without restrictions. But other drivers are forced to Park in the garage, and limit travel encourage drivers who do not need the center to go around it on the ring. In the new zoning plan of the city goes further: it gives pedestrians, cyclists and public transport a higher priority than personal vehicles, and is planning a network of pedestrian areas where cars are completely banned.
"Cities like Oslo was built decades for cars, and it's time to change it, said Hannah Markussen, Deputy mayor of Oslo for urban development. It is very important that we think about what city you want to live. I'm sure that when people imagine their dream city, there is no dirty air, cars in endless traffic jams and parked streets."
to help change the city "has greatly improved public transport and made Cycling safe and comfortable," says the head of velocemente Oslo rune Yes. City launches new tram and subway lines, shorten the intervals and reduces the cost of travel. In recent years, also built a coherent network of cycle paths on former Parking lots. Citizens provide grants for the purchase of electric bicycles. The system on the bike very quickly grew in 3 years ustroivshis to 3 million trips per year. Usually it closes for the winter, but this winter in the test mode used bikes with studded tires. In addition, tested cargo bikes.
More people on bikes — easier for passengers of public transport. The picture is this: passengers ride bikes or start walking to make room for those who refuse the car in favour of public transport.
of Course, such changes could not fail to arouse opposition on the part of drivers and businessmen. But fears of businessmen that the city will die, not confirmed, and even Vice versa. As in other cities that created pedestrian zones in Oslo pedestrian zones have become the most popular places of the city. Last fall, removing hundreds of Parking spaces, city officials found that the center 10% pedestrians more than the year before. "I think this speaks to the fact that we got it right," says Hanne Markussen.
Some other cities working to reduce avtomobilebudivny, for example, Madrid, restricting access to the city centre for all who live there. Other cities are following its example. "I'm absolutely sure that in the future, private cars will take up less space in the city," says Markussen. "I hope that other cities will be inspired by our example to ban cars in the center. I think this problem will become even more important, because we see more clearly that letting machines take up so much space in the centre is simply unprofitable. At the same time, we know the effect of pollution on urban residents, especially children. A few decades ago, Smoking indoors was commonplace. Now hardly anyone does it. Same thing with cars in the city centre: one day we will look back and wonder how we can even consider that it was good".
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