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The Top 5 EU Projects on Reducing Car Use – and What You Can Learn From Them

Over the last 20 years or so the European Union has funded hundreds of projects aiming to reduce private vehicle usage and emissions. We took a look to see what some of the biggest...

Cars or Kids, Who’s King? How to Put Children Before Cars in City Planning

For the last century, there’s been an ongoing battle for city space between cars and children, which, for the most part, has been won by the former. Kids no longer have the right to...

CityChanger Florian Lorenz: A Perfect City Is an Unfinished One

Urban planning can no longer be business as usual, and cities need to allow for the necessary innovation to tackle the world’s environmental problems. We talked about these topics, among others, with Florian Lorenz,...

How to Create a Low Traffic Neighbourhood

The idea behind Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) is a straightforward one: it means closing off local streets to private cars and through traffic. Yet this seemingly ‘simple’ change can completely transform a residential area...

How to Create a Pop-Up Car-Free Zone in Your City

Once every year a ‘World Car Free Day’ takes place in various big cities around the world. If your city does not yet host a car-free event, keep reading this guide on how to...

CityChanger Jason Roberts: A Coral Reef of Community

Every neighbourhood has the potential to become a wonderful place to live - a city block with vibrant streets, romantic lights, bookstores and cafés! In a lot of communities, this potential is simply too...

CityChanger Seble Samuel: Open Streets, Women on Bikes and the Power of Art in Addis Ababa

When more than half of the population doesn’t own private vehicles, but the city still has no significant cycling infrastructure, change is overdue. We talked with CityChanger and Young Leader Seble Samuel, co-founder of...

Metamorphosis: An EU Project Where Children Are the Central Force Behind Change

When was the last time you saw children playing on the streets of your neighbourhood or heard their carefree, joyful laughter? Probably a long time ago. We seem to live in a society where...

How to Pedestrianise a Street: Seven ‘Steps’ to Walkable Heaven

Do you want to know how to reduce the dominance of cars on your streets and make them better places for pedestrians? This how-to guide sets out seven easy ways that you can make...

The Case for Car-Free – Why Should We Care About Our Car-Dependency?

Cars have been part of our cities and our lives for decades now. They’re comfortable, they can take us almost everywhere, they suit our lifestyle, and they are advertised to become more and more...

Useful Guides for Car-Free Cities

Want to reduce cars in your city? Here is a simple overview of all the useful guides, resources, manuals and links to help you get started – all in one place. Searching for the right...

CityChanger Tim Gill: Back to the Future of Child-Friendly Car-Free Cities

Tim is an independent scholar, consultant and global advocate for child-friendly cities. He is passionate about making car-dominance a thing of the past and achieving a better balance between the needs of car drivers...

How to Drive a Modal Shift From Private Vehicle Use to Public Transport, Walking and Cycling

This article was written by and for the C40 Knowledge Hub, which delivers cutting-edge insights and practical resources from leading climate cities for others working in city government. It was originally published here in March 2019....

Ideas Into Actions: 7 Steps to Advocate for Car-Lite Cities

Ever had a desire to become an activist for reclaiming car space for people but don’t know where to begin? Ever looked to places with car-free centres like Amsterdam and Oslo and wondered how...

“20 Minute Neighbourhoods” With James Mant | Moments of Clarity

Moments of Clarity is a podcast that aims to gather personal and collective insights through conversations that explore the values and beliefs that unite us. In his 29th episode, Mattew Sortino speaks with...

How to Get Politicians on Board With Car-Free Measures

Taking space away from the dominant road user — a.k.a. private cars — is a politically sensitive subject and a brave decision for any politician to make. But getting a political buy-in could be...

Superblocks – the Spanish Idea That Is Conquering European Cities

Giving the streets back to the people: The Spanish idea of creating city blocks where cars are only allowed as guests is spreading across Europe. But what’s the story behind the superblocks, and how...

Car-Free: Facts & Figures

When trying to make change happen within your city, and especially for urban mobility, it’s important to know your numbers. This article provides a summary of all the key facts and figures about car...