The Carfree Cities Manifesto

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The Carfree Model Is Fully Feasible 

The concept of carfree cities is rapidly gaining acceptance. It is both technically and socially feasible to move forward with the conversion of existing cities and the creation of new carfree cities.

Carfree Supports Climate Goals

The carfree model provides unrivaled benefits and solutions in responding to the existential threat of climate change.

Unique Qualities of Carfree

Removing cars from our cities provides the highest quality of life for urban residents. This has distinct advantages over car-lite, shared-space, or traffic-reduced models.

Minimum Rights To Carfree Space

Every urban resident deserves to have a guaranteed minimum allotment of parks, public space, protected carfree areas, child-friendly areas, and clean air.

Bold And Swift Action

In order to bring about the transition to sustainable cities, bold action is what we need - immediately and at an unprecedented scale and pace.



15-Minute City

Cities should embrace a mixed-use urban planning model focused on access not mobility. A city with short distances between desti-nations will greatly reduce excess travel.

Modal Shift Requires Concrete Measures

Modal shift, from automobile trips to sustainable transport, should be firmly addressed in every city's planning cycle.

Active Travel

Transportation policy and planning should recognize the importance of active travel – walking and cycling – as an essential mobility component deserving of adequate space and ample funding.

Modal Shift

Cities need to enact rigorous policies to shift from auto-mobile trips to walking, cycling, and public transport, for the health of people and the planet.

Change Infrastructure

Urban space that is currently devoted to automobile infra-structure needs to be repurposed to serve pedestrians and cyclists and to contribute to urban green space.

Public Transport

Public transport should serve all ages, socio-economic groups, and neighbor-hoods with universally accessible service with high standards of comfort, safety, and reliability.


Small Steps On The Road To Transition

Small steps that improve the quality of urban areas should be embraced but should also be seen as a part of an ongoing, long-term transition to livable and ultimately carfree cities.

Public Participation

Citizens should be invited to participate in the urban planning cycle, to voice their wishes and concerns, and to engage in diverse processes.

Equity Principle

A basic criteria for policy and planning in cities should be the fair and equal provision of amenities and infrastructure for all population groups, including those with disabilities, the elderly, and children.

Replacing Conven-tional Cars With Electric Cars Is Misguided

Automated vehicles (AVs) and electric mobility do not provide a satisfactory solution for transitioning to livable cities.


© Carfree Cities Alliance 2020