Close-up of decorative water fountain on La Rambla pedestrian street in Barcelona, Spain with blurred pedestrians in background.

Rick Steves on Walkability Lessons From Europe

Many of Europe’s pedestrian-friendly, transit-rich cities weren’t always that way.

October 22, 2023 - Strong Towns

Pike Place Market in Seattle at twilight with neon market sign and cars passing through.

Pike Place Market Vendors Open to Pedestrianization

A survey of local business owners and vendors upends the common belief that frontline workers don’t support restricting vehicle access to the iconic Seattle market.

October 13, 2023 - The Urbanist

Street sign for Fifth Avenue in New York City.

What Will Become of Fifth Avenue?

Visitors to the iconic shopping street overwhelmingly arrive by walking, transit, or bike. Why are bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvement lagging so far behind another famous NYC street, Broadway?

October 4, 2023 - StreetsBlog NYC

Photo of people biking and walking on pedestrianized street with superimposed yellow Atlanta Streets Alive logo in center.

Atlanta Streets Alive Returns

The city’s open streets event is back after a four-year hiatus.

September 28, 2023 - Urbanize Atlanta

Pedestrians walk down car-free Mont-Royal Avenue next to green outdoor dining kiosks in Montreal, Canada

Car-Free Montreal Street Hailed as Success

A summer pedestrianization project is widely popular with residents and local businesses.

July 13, 2023 - The Globe and Mail

Pedestrianized shopping street in Santa Monica, California

Reclaiming Our Space: The Battle for Open Streets

The growth of pedestrianized spaces and car-free streets depends on a transformational shift in thinking about what—and who—public spaces and streets are for.

March 19, 2023 - The Washington Post

Aerial view of the Great Highway, San Francisco

Battle Over San Francisco's Pedestrianized 'Great Highway'

Although the project has been hugely successful with local residents, the mayor and some county supervisors wanted to revert the road to vehicle use.

August 24, 2021 - San Francisco Chronicle

Strete view of 34th Avenue in Queens, New York

How Can NYC Keep its 'Open Streets' Post-Pandemic?

A debate over one Queens 'open street' project illustrates the challenges of maintaining open streets.

August 16, 2021 - New York Times

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

Copenhagen Street

These Streets Were Made for Walking

Many streets and cities are designed for vehicles instead of for pedestrians. But policies and programs in cities around the world, and even in the United States, might be signaling a shift in priorities.

December 21, 2018 - The New York Times


Pontevedra, Spain: Where Cars Are Banned

Life is different in Pontevedra.

September 20, 2018 - The Guardian

London Traffic

Gaining Support: Plan to Close Oxford Street in London to Cars

A proposal to block cars (and bikes) from Oxford Street has the support of London Mayor and the Westminster Council—as well as the general public.

March 16, 2018 - Evening Standard

Oxford Circus

Plans for Pedestrianizing London's Oxford Street Revealed

A long-debated plan to pedestrianize London's busiest shopping street moves ahead

November 10, 2017 - City A.M.

Jackson Park

Obama: Pedestrianize Street Next to Presidential Center

Barack Obama supports closing Cornell Drive, a six-lane road next to the future site of the Obama Presidential Center, to automobile access. He cites safety concerns and the need for green space.

May 11, 2017 - Chi.Streetsblog

Road Diet in the Works

Road Diets Are Cheap, Easy, and Critical to Safety

The tragedy on Livingston Avenue could have been avoided, but the city of New Brunswick's concern was with motorists—not pedestrians.

October 9, 2015 - CityLab

Crosswalk no daylight

Daylighting NYC's Most Dangerous Intersections

Legislation is proposed to reduce the number of fatal pedestrian and cyclist accidents in NYC.

September 25, 2015 - StreetsBlog NYC

Buenos Aires bus stop

North America Needs a New Model for Pedestrian-Friendly Planning

Where pedestrian-only streets have failed to draw business, the problem may be a failure to think big enough.

September 15, 2015 - The Globe and Mail

Shanghai Shopping

Pedestrianization Models from China

For urbanization in China's cities to be truly human-centered, pedestrianization plans must be thoroughly considered.

July 27, 2015 - The City Fix

Colosseo in Rome as seen from Via dei Fori Imperiali on a Sunday when traffic is cut off.

What Could Philadelphia Teach Rome About Reducing Traffic?

Rome's new mayor spent two decades in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and he's bringing lessons learned while living car-free in the United States to help solve Rome's traffic problems.

December 17, 2013 -

Oakland Pulls the Plug on Pedestrianization Project

A pilot project launched in August hoped to follow the successes of similar efforts in New York and San Francisco by turning Oakland's Latham Square into a pedestrian plaza. But after only six weeks, the area has been reopened to autos.

November 4, 2013 - SF.Streetsblog

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