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Pedestrian And Bike Only Zones (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 07/02/10 03:25 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:55 PM ET

We here at HuffPost Green adore pedestrian-only zones and bike friendly areas, which is why we decided to investigate locations around the world that are car-free. We found that some spaces have been created for this purpose while others are reclaimed sites that have been converted into pedestrian and pedal-friendly public spaces.

In 72 hours, San Francisco officials created, in the Castro district, a public plaza and park from an overcrowded intersection. New York's Times Square plaza began as a pilot program but has since been made into a designated pedestrian only area. Curitiba, Brazil has supported pedestrian power since 1972, when a group of activists converted a street into a no-car zone. The area now stretches fifteen blocks. Brisbane, Australia unveiled the world's largest tensegrity bridge, an LED powered haven for the city's pedestrians and cyclists.

Have we missed a favorite car-free zone in our Take Back the Streets slideshow? If so, leave it in the comments. And don't forget to vote on your top picks!

Times Square, New York
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Times Square, arguably New York City's most congested neighborhood, created two pedestrian plazas last June. The pilot program was intended to be temporary, however, it proved so popular that the outdoor space was made permanent. No longer zooming with taxicabs and angry drivers, pedestrians have reclaimed the area. Not only did the redesign reroute traffic but it also increased local business due to the increased pedestrian travel. Car-related pedestrian accidents fell by 35 percent and motorist and passenger injuries were reduced by 63 percent.
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