Copenhagen Street Closure Improves Quality of Life in Nørrebro District
Copenhagize.com reports on a new study done by the city of Copenhagen on the results of the closure to through traffic of one of its major arterials in the Nørrebro district starting in 2008. Only local residents with cars, which represents just 19 percent of the people who live there, have access to the road, making it nearly 'car-free.'
Here's the results of the traffic calming program that only permits bikes, transit buses and pedestrians full-access:
- Car traffic has fallen by 60% from 15,000 to 6,000 a day.
- The number of bicycle users has increased by 20%
- The travel time for buses up and down Nørrebrogade has fallen by 10%
- Car traffic in the entire Nørrebro neigbourhood has fallen by 10%
- Noise pollution has been reduced
- Only four small businesses have closed in the last 4 years
As to the last point, Copenhagenize notes, "Rumours of imminent death for small businesses were grossly exaggerated - as they always are. Bicycle users, bus passengers and pedestrians are the backbone of retail sale. There are only four fewer small businesses on the street. Which is roughly the same as most other neighbourhoods in Copenhagen."
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