A carfree city
is a population center that relies primarily on mass transit, walking, and/or biking for transportation within the city. Carfree cities greatly reduce dependency on petroleum, greenhouse emissions, automobile accidents, air pollution, noise pollution, and traffic congestion. Some cities have one or more districts where motorized vehicles are restricted, referred to as carfree zones
. Many older cities in Europe, Asia, and Africa evolved long before the advent of the automobile and some continue to have carfree areas in the oldest parts of the city.
The goal of the Carfree Cities movement series is to bring together people from around the world who are promoting practical alternatives to car dependence — walking, cycling and public transport, and ultimately the transformation of cities, towns and villages into human-scaled environments rich in public space and community life.
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