Car-Free

Crosswalk with cyclist and pedestrians in Santa Monica, California

Californians Could Get a Tax Credit for Not Owning Cars

The bill’s sponsors say it’s only fair to extend tax relief to Californians who don’t own cars as the state aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease driving.

June 8, 2022 - Streetsblog California

Empty Road

What Is Car-Centric Planning?

'Car-centric planning' refers to urban planning that privileges the private automobile as a primary transportation mode, often to the exclusion of people who walk, bike, or use public transit.

February 17, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Utah

'15-Minute City' To Be Built in Utah

A community that focuses on reducing the need for car ownership and providing effective multimodal transportation and diverse land uses will be built from scratch on the site of the decommissioned Utah State Prison.

January 19, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Dokken is a western part of the Port of Bergen (Norway). At Dokken is the large, white Port Warehouse, in which a small brown/black building (in the center of this image) is the WWII German anti-aircraft artillery bunker (RK-ID 212746).

Norwegian City Plans for Zero-Emissions Neighborhood

As it winds down port operations in the area, Bergen plans to transform its Dokken district from a busy shipping hub to a car-free, 'regenerative' zone.

October 8, 2021 - Fast Company

Seine

The Car-Free Revolution Continues in Paris

The city continues to reclaim space for pedestrians and cyclists.

September 22, 2021 - Slate

Rendering of Culdesac Tempe development

Nation's First 'Zero-Driving Community' Takes Shape in Tempe

Slated to open in 2022, Culdesac Tempe contractually forbids personal vehicles from parking within a quarter-mile radius of the project site.

September 19, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Saint Paul Minnesota

How to Abolish Parking Minimums: Lessons from the Twin Cities

Cities around the country are eliminating parking minimums in an effort to reduce the costs of housing construction and encourage car-free living.

September 7, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Pedestrians

Opinion: To Reduce Emissions, Listen to Those Who Don't Drive

An initiative to promote pedestrian-oriented infrastructure investments in Washington state highlights the lessons that policymakers can learn from people who rely on walking and public transit.

February 12, 2021 - The Seattle Times

MTA Bus

Visions of a Car-Free Manhattan

In Manhattan, the space devoted to cars and car-related infrastructure takes up an area four times larger than Central Park. What would New York City look like if it divested from cars?

July 20, 2020 - The New York Times

Bike The Drive

Car-Free Cities, Measured

The CityLab team has created a new metric to measure the U.S. cities where people are most likely to be car free.

September 25, 2019 - CityLab

Alexandria, Virginia

A Car-Free Street Dream in Northern Virginia

The city of Alexandria has begun to explore the idea of transforming sections of King Street into a car-free pedestrian zone.

August 29, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Kid on Train

Life With Kids and No Car—How Is It Done?

CityLab asked readers in carless households with kids about how they get around and the challenges they face.

May 17, 2019 - CityLab

Amsterdam Wedding

Rather Than Banning Cars, Amsterdam Reduces On-Street Parking

Amsterdam will pursue the Oslo model of targeting parking spots, rather than driving bans, to make for a walk-and-bike friendly city. On-street parking spaces will gradually be replaced, starting July 1, with bike lanes, sidewalks, and trees.

April 11, 2019 - CityLab

Twin Peaks Drive

Economic Independence or Auto Dependency?

A new study calls for "universal auto access" to combat poverty. It recommends subsidizing auto ownership or access for those who are economically unable to afford the high cost of owning, maintaining, and operating a personal motor vehicle.

February 11, 2019 - CityLab

Oslo Street

What Happens When a Downtown Becomes Nearly Car-Free?

"Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people."

January 28, 2019 - Fast Company

Transportation Planning

Finishing Touches for Car-Free Bridge Plan in Oregon

All the French Prairie Bridge plan needs is a final design. Eventually this car-free bridge will provide a key link in a 1,000-mile network of paths and trails.

November 2, 2018 - BikePortland

Marina City Chicago

Lyft Will Pay You to Ditch Your Car for 30 Days

The transportation network company Lyft is pushing residents in the city of Chicago to experiment with a carless lifestyle.

August 1, 2018 - The Verge

Buffalo Bayou Park

Car-Free in Houston

Visiting the city without zoning.

August 7, 2017 - Michael Lewyn

Norway

Oslo's Car-Free Dreams Easier Said Than Done

Touted as a leader among the European cities moving toward car-free streets, Oslo's ambitions of removing all cars from the city center has hit some roadblocks.

June 17, 2017 - The Guardian

Canada Trail

Meet Canada's 'Great Trail'—20,770 Kilometers of Car-Free Trail

It doesn't matter what country you're from, if you like to ride your bike in beautiful places away from cars, you'll be envious of Canada's Great Trail.

September 4, 2016 - MTL Blog

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