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Car-free Sundays are the norm in Colombia's capital city, Bogot

Imagine your city without cars — every single Sunday. At first, you might be frustrated by the inconvenience and inability to complete errands, but once you embrace the throngs of bikes, recognize your friends and neighbors among the people out for a stroll or attend a Zumba class at what was once a congested intersection, it’s likely to become one of your favorite traditions. For 45 years, the Colombian city of Bogotá has closed its major roads for Ciclovía, a weekly event where cyclists and p...
Tags: Design, France, La, Features, Colombia, Public Health, Bicycles, South Africa, Cycling, Bicycle, Cape Town, Community, Vox, National Geographic, Bogota, Green Transportation

Cities that are banning cars

According to the US Census Bureau, about 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas. Globally, that number is 54 percent and on the rise. City centers are more clogged than ever. Inrix, which releases an annual Global Traffic Scorecard, found that traffic congestion costs the average American more than $1,300 per year — along with 97 hours of their time. Many cities, including London, San Diego, and Brussels, have implemented congestion tolls of varying forms and with varying degrees of su...
Tags: Travel, Cars, Spain, Barcelona, Colombia, Paris, Mexico City, Belgium, Norway, Brussels, Madrid, BICI, Hamburg, Ghent, Inrix, Car-free

Going Car-free May Work for You, But It Won’t Work For All

Journalist Randy Essex of the Detroit Free Press took to those same digital pages last week to discuss how great his new car-free life is, even during the life-threatening cold of the polar vortex. To which I say, good for him. If he’s happy living a car-free life in Detroit, more power to him. But […] The post Going Car-free May Work for You, But It Won’t Work For All appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Twitter, Urban, Autos, Detroit, Car-free, Detroit Free Press, News Blog, Automotive Journalism, Randy Essex

Zaha Hadid Architects weaves energy-saving tech into an otherworldly UAE landscape

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed designs for the Central Hub, a new leisure and entertainment destination for the United Arab Emirates that looks positively out of this world. Marked by swirling pathways and pod-like buildings, the futuristic Central Hub will serve as the focal point for the $6.5 billion Aljada development in Sharjah, the UAE’s third-most populous city. Spanning an area greater than 25 football fields, the 1.9 million-square-foot Central Hub will be entirely car-free and inte...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, United Arab Emirates, Solar Power, Water Conservation, Uae, Sharjah, Public Spaces, Carousel Showcase, Native Plants, Mixed-use Development, Natural Cooling, Arada, Zaha Hadid Architects

Oslo's new airport city could power the entire surrounding community

Airports aren’t always known for their energy efficiency, but Norway is planning to change that. Norwegian architectural practices Haptic Architects and Nordic – Office of Architecture have announced plans for a sustainable smart city, powered entirely by renewable energy, near Oslo Airport. The complex will be the world’s first energy-positive airport city and it will have the capacity to sell surplus energy to surrounding buildings and communities. Plans for the Oslo Airport City line up wit...
Tags: Europe, Design, China, Renewable Energy, Green Economy, Architecture, Gallery, Fossil Fuels, Green Building, Norway, Green Technology, Oslo, Green City, Green Airport, OAC, Airport City

Amsterdam is transforming a prison into a green energy-generating neighborhood

A brighter, solar-powered future is coming to Bijlmerbajes, a former prison complex in Amsterdam. The Dutch government tapped OMA to design a masterplan of the 7.5-hectare site, as well as a significant portion of the 135,000-square-meter mixed-use development. Designed in collaboration with FABRICations architects and LOLA Landscape, the new masterplan will transform the prison complex’s iconic six towers into Bajes Kwartier, an energy-neutral development powered by renewable energy and built l...
Tags: UK, Design, Prison, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Wind Power, Recycling, Green Building, Solar Panels, Urban Farming, Lola, Carousel Showcase

Cycle the Alps Traffic-Free: Here’s How (2017 Edition)

Many of the most famous climbs in the Alps have days where they are closed to motor traffic, reserved for cyclists. Excellent. Here is a 2017 list of “Cols reservés,” car-free days. I’d be grateful for any comments indicating other car-free events. But first, let’s be clear about these special days: 1) They are NOT cyclosportives or races. 2) For most, there is no need to register, and they are free. Show up, start whenever you want. 3) There is a mix of cyclists of all levels, ages, sizes. Most...
Tags: France, Sport, Features, Cycling, Italy, Sun, Alps, Bike, Car-free, Huez, Allos, Fri, Hautes Alpes, Monte Grappa, Colombier, No Traffic

bike path across Canada

Photo: Paul Krueger Germany is making a 62 mile long car-free highway and the biking world is going nuts about it. Well, bikers, if you got psyched over 62 miles, you better sit down for this: Canada has its very own car-free highway and so far it’s 12,905 miles long. Yes, that’s approximately 208 times longer than Germany’s, and it’s admirable length makes it the world’s single longest network of recreational trails. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2017, just in time for Canad...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Canada, Cycling, Biking, Car-free, All, Bike Path

‘Green Cars Only’ Laws: Coming to a Debate Near You

When you’re in conversation with a self-described urbanist, it’s usually impossible to avoid numerous references to Amsterdam, that progressive utopia of bikes, tulips, marijuana-smoking tourists, and more bikes. Well, expect to hear about it even more, now that Dutch parliament has passed a Dutch Labor Party motion to ban the sale of internal combustion vehicles in […] The post ‘Green Cars Only’ Laws: Coming to a Debate Near You appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Taxes, Government, Environment, Tesla, European Union, Green, Infrastructure, Electric Vehicles, Netherlands, Amsterdam, EVs, Diesel, Gasoline Prices, Car-free, Alternative Energy

The world's best car-free islands

As Paris enjoys a car-free day, we round-up our favourite car-free islands, where the roads are sandy and donkeys or bicycles rule [Author: Telegraph Staff]
Tags: Mexico, France, Best, Sea, World, Paris, Italy, Brazil, Beaches, Islands, Car-free, Ccroatia, Hammock