3 Good Reasons Cars Should be Banned from Cities
There have been a few articles lately that have some cities calling for the end of traffic by the year 2034. In order to get rid of all this traffic, governments are planning to take away one of its biggest contributors — cars. But is this a good idea? Our initial knee-jerk reaction was NO-NO-NO-freaking-NO. They’re taking away our cars and now they’re driving themselves? Oh the humanity! But when you ponder the issue a little longer, you have to consider how horrible it is to drive into a very crowded city center — London, LA, Miami? I’d say very. So should cars be abolished from cities altogether? Yes, and here’s why: Bye, Bye Traffic
As mentioned previously, the one thing that plagues most big cities is the incessant traffic. City layouts simply aren’t built to manage that many moving parts. Take away roads altogether, or transform them into large walkways for city-goers.
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Increased Tourism/Public Transport
If you ever go to a large city center, you often realize the difficulty some people have with sidewalk-to-sidewalk travel. If you live in LA, people mostly don’t know how to walk, and if you live in NYC, there are so many people crossing in such a small area, that it’s often difficult to figure out what exactly is even going on.
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But if cities begin to do away with cars, we’d see an increase in out-of-town travelers more willing to walk about civic centers in safety. We could also see an increase in short-distance transportation, private and public — bikes, cable cars, subways, etc.
Driving Enjoyment Elsewhere
The one thing that irks just about any driver is the thought of being stuck in gridlock traffic in the center of town. By the end of it all, you’re ready to drive off a cliff. But why go through this hassle? If we do away with cars throughout major cities, it gives drivers the opportunity to actually enjoy their vehicles on (more) open roads.
It’s a strange thought, yes, but anyone will tell you, especially someone who drives a manual — city centers are like driving in hell.
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