Europe: Hamburg might go the car banning way image

We wouldn’t be surprised is such a thing would happen in one of China’s crowded and extremely polluted metropolis, but it actually looks like Germany’s Hamburg is ready to consider banning cars out of its city center in the future.

The Green Network Plan is a concept that would see the northern city further expand its public transport, add more routes to pedestrians and bicyclists and ultimately impose a controversial phase-out of cars from the center in the next 20 years.

“Other cities, including London, have green rings, but the green network will be unique in covering an area from the outskirts to the city center,” Hamburg city spokesperson Angelika Fritsch told British newspaper The Guardian. “In 15 to 20 years you’ll be able to explore the city exclusively on bike and foot.”

Aside from Venice, Italy, where there is simply no way of actually linking its network of small islands with roads, currently only small communities have set up car-free rules – but that is mainly a tourist attracting decision.

Now, more and more municipalities across Europe discuss such drastic measures, as many cities try to address diverse problems, like congestion or pollution, that are brought by the intensive use of automobiles.