No Cars Allowed : Pontevedra

Time on the road is rising, causing more harm to our environment from fossil fuels and trash from cars. When all of these come together, there are several efforts to minimize the number of cars in large cities.

Many initiatives, particularly in European nations, are done to maintain cities traffic-free. At a recent 'Paris respire sans voiture' event, for example, people of a nearby neighborhood left their cars at home and went for a walk instead. Between the hours of 11:00 and 18:00, the Champs-Elysées are closed to traffic, allowing Parisians to walk and bike as they want. Paris is attempting to free itself from the suffocating presence of car traffic with this project. Also, demonstrate the harm done to the environment by transportation. It has been shown that nitrogen dioxide levels are lower on Car-Free Days compared to other Sundays as measured by AirParif, a company that monitors air pollution. The pollution levels in the capital are on average 7% lower.

A city that have succeeded to catch our interest with its more long-term strategies, though is Pontevedro. No cars, just people rule in Pontevedra, a city in southern Spain with a population of over 80,000. People have been given 70% of the space in city centers. Pontevedra ranked pedestrians first, then bicycles and scooters, public transportation, and lastly private cars. The ancient city, covering around 300,000 square meters, has been pedestrianized, with surface parking and traffic lights eliminated.

An urban edge has new underground parking lots. Previously, the region had been used as a drug-collecting location, and as a result, it was densely populated with cars, resulting in high levels of pollution. People rushed to get in and out of the area as fast as they could. There was a lot of traffic and noise in the neighborhood since cars were unable to reach the city and others were continually looking for parking.

The Pontevedra city model supports the assumption that the overall number of cars required for the city to operate successfully is significantly lower than most people believe . “The city is the perfect size for pedestrianisation,” says local architect Rogelio Carballo Soler. “You can cross the entire city in 25 minutes. There are things you could criticise, but there’s nothing that would make you reject this model.”

The car-free zone has resulted in huge reductions in CO2 emissions. "CO2 emissions have reduced by 70%, nearly three-quarters of automobile trips are now conducted by foot or bicycle, and while other towns in the vicinity are decreasing, the heart of Pontevedra has attracted 12,000 new inhabitants," according to The Guardian.

Copenhagen is another example of the micro mobility friendly cities in the world. Every day, 1.2 million km of cycling takes place in Copenhagen with 62% of residents cycling to work or school. Cycling is viewed as a healthier, more ecologically friendly, cheaper, and frequently faster alternative to driving.

Other cities try to follow Copenhagen's lead in recent decades by developing or improving bicycle infrastructure, much as Copenhagen has done and continues to do. As a result of this mobility culture; adults in Copenhagen who commute by bicycle had a 30% lower death rate, according to research and the city saves $0.21 per mile net gain compared to a net loss of $0.12 every kilometer driven in a car.

Bicycling is also popular in Amsterdam, which is ranked 2nd globally behind Copenhagen. One-quarter of the Netherlands' population (17.1 million) cycles every day. There are 22.8 million bikes (more than the population!). Of course, the Netherlands has its advantages, such as the fact that Netherlands is a flat country. However, the growth of e-bikes in the perspective of traffic reformers means there is no reason for prioritizing cars everywhere.

Considering the well-known negative health consequences of noise and pollution from car and truck emissions, it makes sense to eliminate cars from at least some parts of the urban areas. Report from Centre for London examines how micro mobility vehicles like e-scooter and e-bike might help decrease automobile usage, lower emissions and enhance the air quality in the city. According to that report, two thirds of car trips in London could be made by micro mobility vehicles in 20 minutes or less. It is possible to save time while living without affecting the environment or our everyday lives if we accomplish these adjustments by embracing walking as well as bicycles and scooters. Scooters allow ​​a less reliance on automobiles option that is good for the environment. Scooter fleets are important because fleets allow people to use scooters in everyday basis. As Hergele, our goal is to empower people's behaviors and contributions to nature by offering these environmentally friendly transportation vehicles to entrepreneurs who aim to establish scooter fleets in cities. For a better, sustainable, simple, and clean environment we need to work together. The advantages of this transition are there in front of us. We hope that these changes become more prevalent and the cities of future would look just like this!

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