BBC FUTURE: What happens when a city bans cars from its streets?

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Release date: 16/10/2019

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Ransford Acheampong, an urban planning researcher at the University of Manchester, says that removing cars would be helpful to reduce pollution and could improve public health “but if you take cars away from people, you need to be able to provide an alternative”. Even in Europe, which has relatively good public transport, many people’s commutes and lifestyles just wouldn't be possible without a private car.

This is the concept of the last mile, which is the connection between public transport and the final part of a person’s journey. Until public transport can make this gap smaller, people will still want to drive cars.

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TitleWhat happens when a city bans cars from its streets?
Media name/outletBBC Future
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date16/10/19
DescriptionRansford Acheampong, an urban planning researcher at the University of Manchester, says that removing cars would be helpful to reduce pollution and could improve public health “but if you take cars away from people, you need to be able to provide an alternative”. Even in Europe, which has relatively good public transport, many people’s commutes and lifestyles just wouldn't be possible without a private car.

This is the concept of the last mile, which is the connection between public transport and the final part of a person’s journey. Until public transport can make this gap smaller, people will still want to drive cars.
URLhttps://www.bbc.com/future/article/20191011-what-happens-when-a-city-bans-car-from-its-streets
PersonsRansford Antwi Acheampong