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This little British city wants to prove that going car-free isn’t just for big downtowns - Fast Comp

In 2018, Madrid banned most cars from its city center. In 2019, Oslo finished its own redesign to get rid of most cars. In 2020, Barcelona is planning its next “superblocks,” or car-free neighborhoods. Now a smaller city will be among the next to limit urban traffic: York, a U.K. city with a population of around 150,000, plans to ban most cars from its medieval city center by 2023.

The city, like hundreds of others around the world, declared a climate emergency in 2019. It also committed to becoming carbon neutral by the end of this decade, and recognizes that changing transportation is one part of that goal, and in late December, voted for a motion committing the city to the traffic ban.

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