Car-Free Streets

June 16, 2016, 12pm PDT
Mike Lydon shares ten of his favorite open streets events with USA Today.
USA Today
June 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
Once only accessible to pedestrians and Metro Rail, Main Street in Buffalo is seeing automobile traffic and business investment again.
The Buffalo News
September 28, 2015, 1pm PDT
We call them Open Streets events. In French it's Journée Sans Voiture. On September 27, the world saw a car-free Paris.
August 11, 2015, 2pm PDT
The first bridge in the country to allow all forms of traffic except for cars opened for a public preview over the weekend. Tens of thousands of Portlanders showed up to enjoy the bridge.
Bike Portland
July 15, 2015, 11am PDT
New York City and San Jose have expanded or added rules that temporarily close some of their streets to automobile traffic. This continues a string of successes for the open streets movement.
Next City
April 19, 2015, 9am PDT
A recently published book describes the outcomes of the EcoMobility festival held in Suwon, South Korea during September of 2013.
Pop-Up City
March 23, 2015, 5am PDT
Paris today made its first use of a drastic plan to improve air quality in the city: ban half of the cars on the road. The ban could continue tomorrow if the current air pollution alert does not improve.
The Independent
December 16, 2014, 12pm PST
Parisian clean air politics turn out to be something of a class issue, even for a socialist mayor. The plans are seen as penalizing low income Parisians while benefiting elitist city dwellers who dislike traffic, overshadowing public health benefits.
The New York Times
December 9, 2014, 5am PST
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo made a game-changing announcement in the name of clean air and walkability
Streetsblog USA
May 9, 2014, 9am PDT
Artist Luke Jerram recently installed a 300-foot waterslide on Park Street in Bristol, UK. The "Park and Slide" event was massively attended and wildly popular.
Sustainable Cities Collective
March 12, 2014, 7am PDT
Starting in April, Houston will close 2.5 miles of streets to automobile traffic between 11 am and 3 pm. Additional street closures will follow in May.
Houston Chronicle
March 18, 2013, 8am PDT
Rather than the doomsday scenarios envisioned by critics, recent results indicate that closing streets to cars can have a demonstrable effect in improving circulation.