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Cities Aim to Design Streets for People, Not Cars [Photo Spread]

Co.Exist is out with a list of seven cities that are starting to go car-free.

“Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal,” the online publication states.

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“Traffic in London today moves slower than an average cyclist (or a horse-drawn carriage). Commuters in L.A. spend 90 hours a year stuck in traffic. A U.K. study found that drivers spend 106 days of their lives looking for parking spots,” Peters writes.

“Now a growing number of cities are getting rid of cars in certain neighborhoods through fines, better design, new apps, and, in the case of Milan, even paying commuters to leave their car parked at home and take the train instead.”

The fastest changes are taking place “in European capitals that were designed hundreds or thousands of years before cars were ever built,” she adds. “In sprawling U.S. suburbs that were designed for driving, the path to eliminating cars is obviously more challenging.”