2149Re: [carfree_cities] Re: What is a carfree area?
- Jan 4, 2001Re the discussion of what makes an area carfree:
First of all, I'd suggest ruling out any area that
is not open 24 hours a day to any member of the public
free of charge. No Disneylands.
Second, I'd rather not be absolutist about carfreedom.
We should, however, note any exceptions to true
carfree status. This ought to include delivery vehicles,
Third, the quesiton of the size of the area is important.
Single streets, unless unusually long, don't qualify IMHO.
Fourth, "busways" are not carfree areas. Take the
bus-and-taxi-only street in Vancounver. It's really
no better than an ordinary car-infested street, except
that the traffic is a little lighter.
Fifth, rural areas are not relevant. That doesn't mean,
however, that small, dense towns in rural areas shouldn't
be included if they are substantially carfree.
I don't think Manhattan deserves a listing. It's true that
one can (must, even!) live carfree in Manhattan, but car,
truck, and bus traffic is a huge quality-of-life issue in
Let's decide on the important criteria. Stickerguy Pete has
proposed to develop a database. In the mean time, I'll maintain
the listing at:
which has recently been further revised.
This whole topic generated a lot of discussion last summer
but no final result was generated. Those following this
discussion should probably have a look at the Ecoplan
discussion for further thoughts and ideas.
Let's build a set of criteria (as simple as possible)
and set up a matrix. Suggested criteria:
degree of carfree-ness
size of carfree area
nature of the area (residential, mixed use, shopping area, etc.)
J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities
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