London’s ambitious plan: Make half its historic center car-free - Curbed

Dozens of cities around the world are working quickly to move towards a goal of zero-emission transportation on their streets. Now London has just announced a plan to make half of its historic center—known as the Square Mile—car-free.

According to a new transportation strategy proposed by the City of London Corporation, the city would designate half of these Square Mile streets as “pedestrian priority,” meaning that all motorized vehicles would be banned, unless they were providing access for disabled or elderly people.

“The Square Mile is a unique place to travel, therefore radical proposals are required to future-proof this world-class, growing business and cultural center,” said Chris Hayward, chair of the city’s planning and transportation department, in a statement.

Bikes would also get a boost under the new plan. In 2016, London earmarked a staggering $1 billion for bike infrastructure, including expanding its network of cycling superhighways. The latest proposal would move to implement a “core cycling” network across the city center, including two-meter protected cycle lanes on most major streets (that’s a very wide 6.5 feet per lane).

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