This begs the question: Where might this work in Seattle?
But as you walk and bike the city, you also quickly become aware of something else: Most Copenhagen’s city streets have a speed limit of 30 to 40 km/h (19 to 25 mph). Even more impressive, there are blocks in some neighborhoods with limits as low as 15 km/h (9 mph) where cars must yield to residents. Still other areas are “shared spaces” where cars, bikes and pedestrians mix freely with no stress, usually thanks to traffic calming measures (speed bumps are popular), textured road surfaces and common sense.
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4 responses to “Which Seattle streets could go car-free?”
I’ve always wanted to see 3rd AVE downtown go car-less. You have 2nd going south one way and 4th going north one way.
All of the streets in and around Pike Place Market including Stewart Street, Pike St, and Pine St West of 1st as well as Pike Place itself. You would still want to allow delivery traffic, assuming an agreeable solution off of Western wouldn’t work.
I second VeloBusDriver. Make all of the market deliveries and handicapped parking access only. I swear most of the people who do drive through the market are lost and wish they hadn’t gone in there anyway.
how about we think big?
i would say ban most cars, except delivery vehicles and handicapped drivers from most of what we consider downtown.
in the u-district, ban cars from the ave and 15th