The Best ‘Car-Free’ Zones Around The World

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Here’s an idea with a future: city living is better where there are large areas ‘roped off’ for pedestrians. Life can break out in a place like that, with people staying for a coffee instead of just whizzing through in their cars. Some cities around the world have been particularly bold…
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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo has several urban Hokousha Tenhoku or ‘Pedestrian Paradises.’ They’re renowned shopping districts, as well as popular promenade spots for the young and trendy.
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Bogotá, Colombia

‘Día Sin Carro,’ ‘The ‘Day Without Cars,’ the city’s transit system and other pro-pedestrian measures are the legacy of one committed turn-of-the-century Mayor, Enrique Peñalosa.
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Barcelona, Spain

Las Ramblas is the more famous access to the Old Quarter (‘Barri Gotic’) a part of town alternating open squares, ancient churches, winding streets and funky street-vending.
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Fez, Morocco

Morocco Marketplace is the world’s largest car-free designated zone. All the better to lose yourself in the mystique.
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Zürich, Switzerland

Bahnhofstrasse is a lovely road running from the train station to Lake Zurich itself. Sealed off from car traffic, it makes for a lovely promenade space. If you lose track of time, you can buy a Swiss watch.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fair Winds on Calle Florida, a 20 block stretch, is certainly the oldest car-free zone in the world, being given that designation in 1913.
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Montreal, Canada

The Underground City is as eclectic and energetic as the city above. Basically, it’s Montreal’s solution to subzero cold weather: the city thrives, underground.
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Curitiba, Brazil

Under the leadership of frequent Mayor Jaime Lerner, congested Curitiba became one of the world leaders in ratio of green space per citizen. The city now has twelve car-free zones in its parks.
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Melbourne, Australia

Bourke Street Mall is a stretch of the city’s central road that represents the most completely pedestrian-friendly part of a city that’s extremely pedestrian-friendly anyway.
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Sienna, Italy

Piazza Del Campo. This lovely small Tuscan city of 30,000 stays lovely by banning most auto traffic from its old town center.
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