Dublin might become a revolutionary pedestrian-focused city thanks to a recent proposal by its city council. Ranking just under Los Angeles as the worst traffic in the world, the conditions are expected to only worsen over time as it squeezes 20% more commuters over the next decade. The solution? It envisions a pedestrian-focused city in which major streets become car-free zones that only service buses, bikes, pedestrians and a new tram line.
Although it still require public approval, the pedestrian-focused city plan is a promising one. Ciarán Cuffe, chair of the city council's transport committee, says, "Dublin won't become car-free tomorrow, but as we improve our light rail network there are fantastic opportunities to create car-free areas where you can breathe, think, and hear yourself speak. Dubliners are very receptive to this. The true test of a civilized city is whether you can let go your child's hand and allow them to explore the city by themselves. That is our ultimate goal."