Streets really are for people, not cars

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copenhagen intersection
credit: Lloyd Alter

In North America, if anyone proposes that roads be closed to cars or even modified to reduce the amount of parking, the crowd goes wild. The businesses all complain that they can't exist without parking right in front of their door. In a recent battle over a bike lane in Toronto, a company that sells pianos said it would kill his business! (Now that's an impulse buy!) So when I saw this busy intersection in Copenhagen a couple of days ago, I tweeted as a joke:

One of the responders to the tweet noted "sure, Prada and Louis Vuitton, these are not locals out shopping, it's all tourists." So for the next few days, instead of looking at the usual bike infrastructure, I decided to look at how these European cities treat their pedestrians.

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