Nearly car free is a street that is built for pedestrians that allows a limited number of cars for practical reasons. Typically cars are required to drive slowly, often at a walking speed. Implementing nearly car free involves obtaining a special legal status for the street, education and pedestrian friendly traffic calming that reduces the design speed of the road.
SecurityIn a high pedestrian area, secure vehicle barriers such as anchored concrete planters and street furniture are typically used to give pedestrians some defense from a dangerous vehicle.
Practical ApproachIt is typically far easier to implement a nearly car free street as opposed to banning cars altogether. For example, a street may be restricted to commercial traffic such as deliveries to local businesses and residents. Alternatively, local residents may be allowed to access the street with personal vehicles. This is typically encouraged by ensuring the street isn't useful as a thoroughfare with a low speed design.
A street designed for pedestrians that allows a limited number of cars for practical reasons.
Tends to increase business for shopping streets.May improve quality of life and give streets a quiet, social feel.Property values may go up in the area.
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